First Baptist Church Olive Branch
Advent — Lighting of the Faith/Bethlehem Candle
December 6, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Matthew 2:1-9
Micah 5:2

Advent — Lighting of the Faith/Bethlehem Candle

December 6, 2020 / Matthew 2:1-9 Micah 5:2

| Micah 5:2 (ESV)

2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.

| Matthew 2:1-9 (ESV)

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.

 

| Message Notes

The lighting of the Faith-Bethlehem Candle reminds us of God’s preparation for the coming of the Christ-Child, to be born in Bethlehem of Judah.  God’s plan was a long time in the works.  He was busy preparing the world for the coming of the Savior who would bring salvation in to the world by paying for our sins.

 

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