Day 8, the second Sunday of Advent
Advent VersesThe second week of Advent begins today, and for me, there is a change in the air. Last week introduced an anticipation and hope that held such excitement! This week issues in a sweet reverence. Our candle this week is also traditionally purple as a color representing repentence. It is called the Bethlehem candle to remind us of the place God had prepared for Christ. Five hundred years before His birth, God was already sharing the location plans for the birth of our Saviour. He prepared a place for Joseph and Mary. Through John the Baptist He led men to prepare the way of the Lord. This is traditionally a week of preparation.
Another name for this Candle is the Peace Candle. Our peace was purchased at a price. Our dear Saviour gave much that we might have peace with God. Isaiah 9:6 calls Him our Prince of Peace. Most of our verses this week will speak of the price He paid; the price foretold long before it happened.
Today's verse is Micah 5:2, which told us He would be born in Bethlehem; specifically, the Bethlehem of Judea. There were several villages in Palestine that shared the name Bethlehem, but God left no room for confusion here. Matthew 2:1 confirms this birthplace.