Advent: November 29, 2021
Psalms 121 (ESV) lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. 8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
Every day is a day to celebrate the Advent of Jesus. As we enter Advent season, let’s revisit my advent posts from last year written from my everyday Bible reading plan and make our aim to exalt Jesus during this Advent season.
Back in the days when the Lord was inspiring Scripture, it was believed among other religions that the “gods” came down on mountains or they dwelled up high on mountains, therefore, adherents to that faith system would put their shrines on high hills as a place of worship.
This Psalm is not advocate for that practice or belief. God does condescend to mankind’s understanding and through a broken frame of reference, preaches his Good News to his people, therefore, God meets mankind at his understanding to correct us and teach us the truth of who he is and how he operates in the world.
When his people, even out of a broken framework, look to YHWH, he comes to help them!
Who is YHWH? He is Jesus.
Jesus is the Latin version of the Greek name Yeshua…Joshua…YHWH saves.
The hill in Psalm 122 to which the Psalmist looks should remind us that Jesus ascended a hill alive bearing the penalty of my sin and yours, died in my place for my sin. He was carried down the hill and laid in a tomb, and he rose victorious over sin and the curse and death, and he ascended to the right hand of God to make atonement for sin for all who would turn to him in faith.
We look to the hill of the cross for our help, and where does it come from? It comes from Jesus, the LORD, who made heaven and earth and died, rose, and ascended to redeem heaven and earth.
Look to Jesus today! He will meet us on the hill of the cross where our victory has been won.