Today is the second day that I’m inviting you to participate in a family tradition of ours. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to you to take a journey with our family this Advent to discover why Jesus came at Christmas and how that relates to well-known Bible characters like Abraham and Moses. Specifically, our focus is on the covenants or special promises (sometimes called testaments) that God made with various people and how that was a set-up for what we have the privilege of enjoying THIS Christmas!
If you would like the background to our family tradition, you may view it here. I’m including Pinterest images of our Advent calendar so you will see it grow, day-by-day, until it is completed and full of Biblical characters and symbols that track a chronological progression from Creation to Heaven. Today’s Calendar looks like this:
December 2nd | Day Two: Let Us Make Man in Our Image
Bible Background: We are made in God’s image. The ancient Hebrew word for image is “Tselem” and it means a copy or replication: in other words, God made people to be copies of Himself. Copies are never as good as the original, but they are very similar. The reason for Adam and Eve’s lack of embarrassment is in the Hebrew word for ‘naked’ in Genesis 2:25: Arowm. Arowm means “partially naked”…in other words, Adam and Eve were covered with something…if it wasn’t clothes, what were they covered with? We learn from King David in Psalm 104 that God is clothed with things like honor, majesty, and light. Since Adam and Eve were made as copies of God, they were likely covered with something similar! Of course, things like honor, while personally perceptible, are invisible to others so Adam and Eve certainly looked naked! But they didn’t feel naked, and that’s why they weren’t ashamed. (Reuben, Dick. The Garments of the Priesthood. [DVD]. 1995.)
Bible Study Question: Compare Isaiah 61:10 to Revelation 3:17-18. Who do we get our spiritual clothes from?
Today’s Devotional: People used to be clothed in honor, majesty, and light. Today we are not born with the lovely spiritual covering that Adam and Eve were made with. This due to Sin (we will talk about that tomorrow). Many of us today feel guilty, ashamed, and self-conscious even though we might act over-confident, indifferent, or just plain “tough”; some of us feel like something is missing in our lives–this is a spiritual nakedness that makes our lives miserable (even at joyful times like Christmas). Jesus came to clothe us with His righteousness and salvation; this is God’s solution to our feelings of guilt and shame. Remember what Isaiah said when God gave him spiritual clothes: “ I am overwhelmed with joy!” That’s God’s plan for you and me. Let’s allow Him to wrap us up in His “rightness” this Christmas! Then we cannot be injured by “wrongness” whether it is attributed to us by others or even by ourselves!
Application: Don’t get into the habit of criticizing yourself and others based on appearance (very important to keep in mind with the glittering appeal of commercialism this Christmas; it’s OK if your house doesn’t have the most lights on, your table didn’t jump out of a magazine, or if you don’t have festive clothing. You are more than where you live and what you look like!) Remember that we are all made in God’s image: that’s pretty special! Remember that if you believe in Jesus, you have His robes (righteousness and salvation) on every day; be a confident Christian knowing that God has your vulnerabilities covered!
Prayer: “Father God, thank you for making me in Your image. Please clothe me with Jesus’ spiritual garments of righteousness and salvation and help me to “see” them at work in my life every day; cover up my spiritual nakedness so I can live a joyful life in the truth of what You see me “wearing”. In Jesus’ Name; Amen.”
Family Activity: [If you’ve got guts!] Pretend you are wearing the most beautiful clothes imaginable; you are covered with God’s honor and majesty. Show them off, dance around the house, and march proudly! Or, if you aren’t comfortable pretending, draw a picture of what you think God’s garments would look like on you (or on Adam and Eve) if you had “spiritual goggles”. (It is fun to see what children get out of this concept!)
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