Again Israel did evil and for seven years the Midianites oppressed them. But when they turned to the Lord, they found He would faithfully help. Would they ever learn?

BibleGateway: Judges 6:1-10

ESV Text: Judges 6:1-10

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:46

     1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. 3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. 5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. 6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.

     7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites, 8 That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 103 :
To Shepherds as they Watched — Organ Audio

1. To shepherds as they watched by night 
Appeared a host of angels bright; 
Behold the tender Babe, they said, 
In yonder lowly manger laid. 

2. At Bethlehem, in David’s town, 
As Micah did of old make known; 
‘Tis Jesus Christ, your Lord and King, 
Who doth to all salvation bring. 

3. Oh, then rejoice that through His Son 
God is with sinners now at one; 
Made like yourselves of flesh and blood, 
Your brother is the eternal God. 

4. What harm can sin and death then do? 
The true God now abides with you. 
Let hell and Satan rage and chafe, 
Christ is your Brother–ye are safe. 

5. Not one He will or can forsake 
Who Him his confidence doth make. 
Let all his wiles the Tempter try, 
You may his utmost powers defy. 

6. Ye shall and must at last prevail; 
God’s own ye are, ye cannot fail. 
To God forever sing your praise 
With joy and patience all your days. 

God’s loving favor is upon us, for He sent us a Man to save us from our sins, the Savior, Christ the Lord.

BibleGateway: Luke 2:1-20

ESV Text: Luke 2:1-20

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 2:27

     1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

     8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.(KJV)

Hymn: WS 709 (LSB 392):
God Loves Me Dearly

1. God loves me dearly, 
Grants me salvation, 
God loves me dearly, 
Loves even me. 
Therefore I’ll say again: 
God loves me dearly, 
God loves me dearly, 
Loves even me. 

2. I was in bondage, 
Sin, death, and darkness; 
God’s love was working 
To make me free. 
Therefore I’ll say again: 
God loves me dearly, 
God loves me dearly, 
Loves even me. 

3. He sent forth Jesus, 
My dear Redeemer, 
He sent forth Jesus 
And set me free. 
Therefore I’ll say again: 
God loves me dearly, 
God loves me dearly, 
Loves even me. 

4. Jesus, my Savior, 
Himself did offer; 
Jesus, my Savior, 
Paid all I owed. 
Therefore I’ll say again: 
God loves me dearly, 
God loves me dearly, 
Loves even me.