It occurred to me that I have never really studied the Christmas story.
Sure, I had read it...or portions of it many times. But, I had never really studied it.
So, this week, I have started my new endeavor...to study the story of the birth of Jesus from each of the gospels.
I'm learning a lot! So many subtle nuances are there, clearly for an inspired purpose...yet easily lost if I'm just reading, and not digging in.
So, I have started taking a lot of notes on what I'm learning, and chief among them is a list of prophesies that Jesus (Yeshua) fulfilled. Over and over again, the Scriptures from the gospels quote Scripture from the books of the prophets in the Old Testament.
Amazing to see them come to fruition through Yeshua.
Also...this year we are celebrating Hanukkah for the first time. Wow! We are learning so many things! Just tonight the children and I were talking about Judah Maccabee, and how God helped him and his army of men
re-take control of Jerusalem, even though their numbers were quite smaller than those of the Syrians under Antiochus.
Not surprising, though. We see that picture over and over in the Old Testament...God often reduced the size of the army before He led Israel into battle...so that God would get the glory, instead of man.
And to think...He did it again for the Maccabees!
Guess that throws that whole, "God was through with the Jews a long time ago...and now the church has become the new Israel" garbage right out the door, doesn't it?
God's faithfulness for Israel has never ended.
Or, if you need more proof...how about the Yom Kippur war?
Or, the re-establishment of Israel as a state?
Or, Or, Or....I could go on and on.
God loves Israel! They are now, have always been, and will always be...His people.
Genesis tells us that He will bless those who bless Israel and will curse those who curse Israel.
That's pretty crystal to me.
Praise be to God...we are grafted into Israel! We are one through Yeshua! There is no distinction between Jew and Gentile, because we are one through Christ...who fulfilled the law and brought us all under grace.