Child. That’s the name on which we are focusing this week. That would be chapter 4 in Ann Spangler’s book, Immanuel. I hope you have been able to follow along, even if you have to adapt the schedule to better suit your own. I think that is one of the blessings of a blog study. You can catch up or slow down as suits your needs.
When you ponder this name as a name of God, remember to not knit-pick the details and confuse yourself by thinking God was ever a child. You have to be solid in your belief in the Trinity in order to consider this name more in the context of Jesus (as God) as Child. I better leave well enough alone and just move on.
I appreciate Ann’s introduction to this name by reminding us of covenant and a thought I had never really grasped, that a child was at the heart of biblical covenant. (Let me put in a plug here…that I’ll be teaching a study on covenant in January here in Columbus, GA but not online. If you are interested, leave me a comment with your email address. I won’t publish those comments, but will take the contact info and send you more information later in December. It is a favorite study of mine and foundational to your beliefs. Please consider taking it.)
I also appreciate Ann’s reminder on page 80 also, “that the only way to enter the heavenly kingdom is with the humility and trust of little children.”
With that said, my prayer is that we can do just that this week with this name in particular. I’m not one to promote finding one’s “inner child”. However, I would like for us to ponder this name with the trust and humility of children. After all, we are children of God, if we believe in Him and His redemptive work through Jesus.
If you are wanting to know how to pronounce the Hebrew and Greek this week, click here for the Hebrew, and here for the Greek. Remember to click on the “sound” button on those pages in order to hear the pronunciation.
Here is my prayer for us all this week: Immanuel, help us to remember Who you are, what You have done for us, why You did what you did through this Child, and how we are to live in light of this. It is in the name of Jesus, that I pray. Amen.