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Word for the Day

[Balaam, speaking of the coming Messiah] “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; a star shall come forth from Jacob, a scepter shall rise from Israel, and shall crush through the corners of Moab, and rule over all the sons of Seth. (Numbers 24:17, my own translation from the Hebrew)

Pastor Spencer - Here, even the wicked pagan prophet, Balaam, is given the privilege of foretelling the coming of the Son of Man, the Promised Messiah. Yet, he is not speaking mainly of His first Coming in humility to save mankind, but of His Second Coming in glory to judge the earth. Yes, those unbelievers, like Balaam will indeed see Jesus, but shall not see Him near - that is, not for thousands of years yet. Nor will they behold Him like Job will, as their Redeemer (Job 19:25). When He comes in the clouds at the Last Day every eye shall indeed see Him, but most will see Him as the rich man in hell saw Abraham, distant, removed, and afar away - not as friend, but Judge and Master. He shall come out of Jacob and Israel as a star and a scepter, denoting his glory and majesty, and as the bright and morning star, with power and authority; He alone shall rule. No doubt this prophecy, preserved among Balaam's descendants, gave direction to the Magi from the East, who saw a great star over Judea, and came to find the Promised King (Matthew 2:2). His kingdom shall be universal, and He shall be victorious over all opposition, symbolized by another future King's (David) complete victories over Moab and Edom. And the Messiah shall rule over all the children of Seth, that is, all the children who descend from Seth, the descendants of Cain being cut off by the Final Judgment, just as their spiritual ancestors were by the Great Deluge. Christ shall be king, not only of Jacob and Israel, but of all the world, and especially we Believers; so that all the children of Seth shall be governed by His power and grace. Thus, this is indeed a "Advent" prophecy, but of Christ's Second Advent, giving more meaning to our observance of His First Coming. People can try and hide Christ's Mass, ignore it's real importance, cover it with gaudy materialism, or cheap sentimentality, but they will be able to do none of this with His Return. Those who do not worship Him now in faith, shall be forced to do so then. Let all do so now and avoid the rush!

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Service Times & Map

Sunday

Adult Bible Time: 9:00 AM

Children's Bible Time: 9:00 AM

Worship: 10:25 AM

Fellowship: 11:30 AM


Tuesday

Bible Break 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM


Wednesday Worship for Advent 12/7 to 12/21

6:00 PM - Light Supper

7:00 PM - Vesper Service

Trinity Orthodox Lutheran Church
4422 Snyder Boulevard
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
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