Advent – the overthrowing God!
“and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance.”
God overthrows the enemy so that His people can move into their inheritance. That is what He has done. This is what He does. Let us have a closer look at those seven nations, briefly examining the meaning of their names and as we do we will see the inheritance that is ours.
God defeats fear: The Hittites were the nation that brought fear.
To Mary, Joseph and to the shepherds the message from God is, “Fear not! Do not be afraid!”
God has defeated the fear in your life. He is still proclaiming this message over your situation.
God proclaims peace: The Girgashites were the nation that brought strife.
The good news is the announcement of peace on earth from the angels.
Peace with God has been given to you, unearned, it has come, it is yours!
God speaks: The Amorites were the nation that brought the command.
But at Christmas God is giving the commands. He speaks to the prophets ahead of time. He speaks to the angels and to man. He uses words and signs.
God is communicating now, to you.
God rules: The Canaanites were the nation that brought subjection bringing others under its rule.
The prophet Isaiah spoke, “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”
God is your ruler and king. Let Him bring order to your life.
God sees: The Perizzites were the nation with un-walled villages, they were unprotected from God.
But God protects the characters of Christmas. That is seen clearly in the protection of the Magi who were warned to return by a different way because of Herod.
God is watching over you.
God of truth: The Hivites were deceivers, just like the meaning of their name, they were serpents.
Herod sent the Magi to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
God enlightens us to the truth.
God within pain: The Jebusites were the nation that trampled down others.
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. The story of Christmas is told in the violent circumstance of this time. Whether the violence of Christmas or the vulgarity of the cross the gospel survives.
No matter what pain you are walking through, the good news in your life will survive.
Now revisit each one, thanking and worshipping God for His overthrowing victory.
He has done this for you. You are free today.