(Rev. Dr. Nyle Fort)

“We need God-with-us to fight off systems of injustice, to learn how to love our neighbors, and to enjoy this beautiful world that God has given us.”

How does ‘Immanuel’ inspire and empower you to work for justice in this world?

Isaiah 7:10-16
Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” Then Isaiah said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.

This episode was written and recorded by Rev. Dr. Nyle Fort, the Minister of Justice, Advocacy, and Change at The Riverside Church. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Relinquish by Podington Bear, O Come O Come Emmanuel by Andy Ellison, and Golden Light by Reveille.

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