Advent – the giving God!
“All this took about 450 years. After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. “
God gave them the judges in the post-Joshua generation. Joshua (the Lord saves) had died and the people soon fell back into rebellion. The judges were appointed and given by God to maintain order among the Israelites and to lead them into relationship with God. Within the judges era the Israelites developed a cycle of disobedience and God continually gave them a new judge.
The Advent is the coming of the new Joshua, of Jesus (the Lord saves). Throughout the story we see a God who gives in order to bring man back to Him. Jesus, the new Joshua, is given once and for all, there is no replacement, no one else will come.
The angel of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream and confirms that Mary has conceived from the Holy Spirit.
Mary would give birth to a son.
Joseph would give that son the name Jesus.
Mary was told by Gabriel that she would conceive and then give birth to a son.
Mary was told that her son would be given the throne of his father David and he will reign and his kingdom would never end.
The angel of the Lord told Zechariah that his wife Elizabeth would bear him a son and he was to call him John.
Elizabeth gave birth to a son. He would give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins
The magi opened their treasures and presented Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The gift of Christmas is connected to bringing man back to God through Jesus who came to die. The same reason that God gave the judges after Joshua had died. We worship a giving God!