In case you missed yesterday, this is Part 2 covering the Scriptural background for the lyrics of the song “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. You can read part 1 at this link.

The second verse of the song goes like this:

“O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times did give the Law, in cloud and majesty — and awe”

Thou Lord Of Might

I think we can sometimes think of God as a loving grandfather-like figure who has good intentions but is grossly incapable of actually making a difference in our lives.

But that is far from the truth.

God is mighty and powerful.

The children of Israel knew that.
They knew how He rescued them from Egypt,
How they saw His signs and wonders,
How majestic His presence was on the mountain.

Shortly before the 10 commandments are given, Moses wrote:

“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?”

Exodus 15:11

This God, the one Who became Emmanuel, God with us, is the same God Who created the universe out of nothing.

Who spoke all of creation into existence,
Who breathed life into Adam,
Who upholds the nations.

Our God is mighty and powerful.

He is the “Lord of Might”.

This specific verse in the song reflects back to Israel’s salvation from Egypt to remind us of Jesus’ rescue plan for the whole world.

Our salvation from sin and death.

God is mighty to save us from our sins,
And He is mighty in our lives even today.

This Christmas season, don’t forget:
Compassionate, loving, kind Jesus didn’t just come near on Christmas,
But God almighty.
The “Lord of Might”
Came near on Christmas.

I encourage you to reflect and rest on God being the Lord of Might this Christmas Season.

Here are more verses you can read and reflect on:

Isaiah 33:22, Jeremiah 10:6, Exodus 19:16, Exodus 20:2–17, Deuteronomy 5:6–17, Exodus 40:34-35

O Come, Thou Rod Of Jesse (Behind The Lyrics, Part 3)
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Behind The Lyrics, Part 1)

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