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Advent | Week 3

BY: Richard Garman

December 13, 2021

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Liberty University Online Academy would like to introduce you to Richard Garman. Richard has worked for LUOA for over ten years. He has served as a department chair, curriculum project manager, and in other responsibilities. Now, he serves as the academy chaplain, teaches math and Bible courses, and helps with administrative duties. Richard has a passion for sharing the Gospel and studying the Bible, which he is sharing through this series on the LUOA Spark! 

 

For God’s Little People 

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all the people were on their way to register for the census, each to his own city. Now Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and was pregnant. Luke 2:1–5 

  

Have you ever thought what an amazing thing it is that God ordained beforehand that the Messiah be born in Bethlehem (as the prophecy in Micah 5:2 shows). That He so ordained things that when the time came, the Messiah’s mother and legal father were living not in Bethlehem but in Nazareth. In order to fulfill His word and bring two unheard of, insignificant, little people to Bethlehem that first Christmas, God put it in the heart of Caesar Augustus that the entire Roman world should be enrolled each in his own town. That a decree was proclaimed throughout the entire world in order to move two people seventy miles! 

  

Have you ever felt, like me, little and insignificant in a world of more than seven billion people, where all the news is about big political, economic, and social movements and outstanding people with global significance and lots of power and prestige? 

  

If you have, do not let that make you disheartened or unhappy. For it is implicit in Scripture that God is guiding all the powerful political forces and all the giant industrial complexes, without their even knowing it, not for their own sake, but for the sake of God’s little people. In this case, the Roman census moved the little Mary and the little Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem so Jesus would be born in the city of David,“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will come forth for Me to be ruler in Israel” Micah 5:2. God wields an empire to fulfill His word and bless His children. 

  

Do not think, because you experience adversity in your little world of experience, that the hand of the Lord is shortened. It is not our prosperity or our fame but our holiness that He seeks with all His heart. In addition, to that end, He rules the whole world. As Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” He is always turning it for His saving, sanctifying, and eternal purposes among His people. 

  

He is a big God for little people. As His children, we have great cause to rejoice that, unbeknownst to them, all the kings, presidents, premiers, chancellors, and chiefs of the world follow the sovereign decrees of our Father in heaven.  So that we, the children, might be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ, and then one day enter His eternal glory. 

 

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Richard Garman

Richard has worked for LUOA for over ten years. He has served as a department chair, curriculum project manager, and in other responsibilities. Now he serves as the academy chaplain, teaches math and Bible courses, and helps with administrative duties. He graduated from Liberty University with a Master’s in Theological Studies in 2017. He also has degrees from Hollins University (MALS) and the College of William and Mary (BA in Education). Richard is originally from Roanoke, VA, and he enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his wife and pets, cooking, and reading.

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