dec   em ber 9


Daily Reflection

matthew 1:17

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

WHY JESUS CAME: To Be The Messiah

Jesus is the Messiah. Matthew attempts to make this point as clearly as possible. It’s why he begins his genealogy of Jesus as the son of David, the son of Abraham, rather than vice versa. It’s why, tracing Jesus’ lineage back to David, he refers to him as the king. It’s why he quotes so much Old Testament scripture that prophesied of the coming Messiah and how Jesus fulfills them. It’s why he wraps up this genealogy noting that between each major unit there were 14 generations.

This number 14 was a significant number because it was tied to the name of David. In Hebrew there are 22 letters in the alphabet, and each letter is given a numerical value. In Hebrew you would spell David’s name using three letters: “Dalet, Vav, Dalet”. Dalet is the fourth letter in the alphabet, and Vav is the sixth. So when you put them together it is: “4 + 6 + 4” and this of course equals 14. Jesus is the Messiah and even history testifies to it.

Why is this so meaningful? Because the Messiah was supposed to come and put everything right again. He was supposed to bring justice to the nations, and deliverance for Israel. The prophet Isaiah testifies that the Messiah would bring a healing that would include recovery of sight to the blind, the ability to hear for the deaf, and that the lame would walk again. This Messiah will bring an end to all suffering for those who are waiting for him.

This is the season when we are reminded that he came. He healed the blind, deaf, lame and he took upon himself the burdens of our sin so we could receive complete healing when he comes again. What healing do you desire to receive from this Messiah?

FAMILY ACTIVITY

Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches

With Peppermint Cream

Spend an evening this week creating something fun in the kitchen. You can choose a family favorite dish, or if you are needing ideas, follow the recipe below for Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches! This can also be the perfect opportunity to love those around you by making an extra batch or two to take to your neighbors, co-workers, teachers, or friends.

PREP: 40 mins COOK: 10 mins

MAKES 10 SANDWICHES

ingredients:

COOKIES:

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter at room temp
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cups of flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda

FILLING:

  • 4 tablespoons butter – softened
  • 2 tablespoons half & half
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract
  • You can also fill cookie sandwiches with your favorite
    ice cream instead of peppermint cream.
directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Add butter and sugars to a large bowl, turn a hand mixer to medium speed and beat until creamy, light and fluffy; 3 to 5 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and salt. Turn mixer to medium and beat until well incorporated.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda until blended. With the hand mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. The cookie batter will become very thick. You only need to mix until everything has combined.

Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheets (or use a medium cookie scoop). Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until the cookies have puffed a little and the tops are dry. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

While cookies bake, prepare the filling. Beat butter and half and half until combined. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth, occasionally scraping the sides of the bowl. Add peppermint extract and beat until combined.

Once cookies have cooled, spread filling on the bottom half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, pressing gently to make sure they stick.