The Twelve Days of Christmas (Day 11)

12 days of Christmas

(Day 11) 12/23/2013  It was the last few days before  Christmas, The stores were busy with shoppers, and parking was a hassle at Walmart, but Mary was determined to get into the mix. Joseph gave up his argument, and agreed to go if they could go to Wendy’s for lunch, that is  if Mary held up?  Mary had three days of little discomfort and restful sleep. Their journey to Memphis was on the back of her mind, she really wrestled with God in prayer, and in quiet submission, She said “let it be to me according to your will”  “Isaiah  11:2” (To-be be continued)

Isaiah  11:2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

This shows that Christ’s kingdom is of a spiritual nature, and administered in a spiritual manner, for which he was abundantly furnished by the “Spirit of the Lord” resting on him; by whom is meant the third Person in the Trinity, so called, not because created by him, for not any created spirit is meant, but because he proceeded from him; he is the one Jehovah with him, a divine Person, truly God, yet distinct both from the Father and the Son; so that here is a clear proof of the trinity of Persons. Christ was filled with the Spirit from the womb, and he descended and rested upon him at his baptism; he was anointed with him to be Prophet, Priest, and King, and received his gifts and graces from him without measure, which abide with him, and are designed in the following words.

The spirit of wisdom and understanding; In his answers to the ensnaring questions of the Scribes and Pharisees; in the whole of his ministry; and in his conduct at his apprehension, trial, condemnation, and death; as also in the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding he imparted to his disciples, and does more or less to all his people.

The spirit of counsel and might; Which fitted him to be the wonderful counselor, and qualified him to give suitable and proper advice to the sons of men; and of “might” or “power”, to preach the Gospel with authority; do miracles in the confirmation of it; bear the sins of his people, and the punishment due to them; obtain eternal redemption for them; and engage with all their enemies and conquer them:

The spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord;  And so as man had the “knowledge” of God the Father; of his mind and will; of the Scriptures, and the things contained therein; of the law and the Gospel; all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge were hid in him, which he communicates to his saints; and “of the fear of the Lord”, and so had a reverence of him, a strict regard to his will, and always did the things which pleased him. (Hebrews 5:7)

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