Day 16

Lord, Come

from the Advent 2023 reading plan


John 5:37-47, Exodus 3:1-16, Isaiah 33:22, Philippians 2:5-11

BY Scarlet Hiltibidal

O Lord, and leader of the house of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.


A few months ago we had to shop for a new air conditioner, which is basically the least amount of fun you can have shopping. Usually, the reason you have to shop for an air conditioner is because yours just broke—and of course, air conditioners only and always break during the hottest heat waves of the summer. So you’re physically miserable and being asked to spend a massive amount of money just so you can go back to feeling the way you already felt before you had to spend money. 

Going through the HVAC process, I reached out to several companies. I asked people in my life who they used, and ultimately we ended up going with a guy my mom knew, someone who’d been in the business for a long time and who’d served my family well in the past. Someone with a great reputation. Good ol’ Keith, the AC guy, was an easy hire for those reasons. 

The air conditioning going out is a little bit of a surface-level problem. My way bigger, more pressing problem is my sinfulness. I need Jesus all the time.

I’ve walked with Him for twenty-three years now, and while I delight in what the Lord has done in my life as He’s been transforming me, I still find ways, every day, to be reminded of how much I need a Savior. I’m so grateful that the sacrifice of Jesus redeemed 14-year-old me, but wow, I’m continually reminded how His sacrifice still redeems 37-year-old me for the sins I’ve confessed to Him today! 

I’m grateful this day and in this season because the God I trust with my life and death, with my private struggles and most intimate thoughts, is the same Lord who appeared to Moses in the fire (Exodus 3:2). He’s the same Lord who created all things. The God I trust today is the One who rescued and redeemed all the former saints. He is the only being with a truly pristine reputation. 

Like the prophet said, “The LORD is our King. He will save us” (Isaiah 33:22). He is the same God who proved His power and love on a cross. His reputation precedes Him, and His record is flawless. We can trust Him with every need, every ache, every hope. Our Lord has redeemed us and is redeeming us with an outstretched arm. Hallelujah!

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65 thoughts on "Lord, Come"

  1. Amy Ashcraft says:

    Praise Him for all He has done to save us!!

  2. Wanda Woehlert says:

    The LORD is our King. He will save us!

  3. Lori Maxwell says:

    Does anyone else miss the pictures with scriptures on them that used to be at the end of the devotionals each day? I used to screen shot them and make them my wallpaper every day. Does anyone know why they didn’t do it this time?

  4. Aja Palmer says:

    Amen ❤️

  5. Kathryn Wright says:

    Amen

  6. Terri Baldwin says:

    The name Yahweh comes from the Hebrew word for “I am.” When God met Moses at the burning bush and commanded him to go back to Egypt and lead the people out, Moses asked who he should say has sent him. “God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’ And he said, ‘Say this to the people of Israel: “I am has sent me to you.”’ God also said to Moses, ‘Say this to the people of Israel: “The LORD [YHWH], the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations’” (Exodus 3:14–15).

    Several things must be noted here in order to properly understand the significance of the name Yahweh.

    First, the tetragrammaton, which is the technical term for the four letters YHWH, is based on the Hebrew word for “being.” It could be translated “I am who I am” or “I will be what I will be” or perhaps even “I am the One who is.” Regardless of the specific translation, the name speaks of the self-existence and self-sufficiency of God. All others are dependent upon Him for life and breath and existence. He is dependent upon no one. It is for this reason that the Jewish leadership in Jesus’ day thought it was scandalous, blasphemous, and worthy of death for Jesus to utter the words “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58–59).

    Second, the ancient Hebrew scribes considered God’s name too sacred to write or pronounce. When vowels were later added to the text, the scribes took the vowels from the word adonai, which means “lord” or “master,” and inserted them between the consonants. Instead of pronouncing Yahweh, they simply pronounced the word Adonai. Following this practice, most English versions of the Bible translate YHWH as “LORD” (all capital letters) as seen in Exodus 3:15, above. When the Scripture speaks of the Lord YHWH, then the English versions will have “Lord GOD” with the word God in all capital letters. So, both LORD and GOD in English versions stand for YHWH. The pronunciation yäˌwā is our best estimate of how YHWH would have been pronounced. Since we do not have the original vowels, we cannot know for sure. The significance is in the meaning, not the pronunciation, just as Jehovah is still a sacred name, even if it is not a technically correct spelling.

    Yahweh is the covenant name for the God of Israel. In Exodus 3:15, as Yahweh speaks to Moses, He says that He is also the God of the patriarchs. Then He says, “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them” (Exodus 6:3)

  7. Alisabeth Jordan says:

    ❤️

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