Beer Advent Day 17: Uff-da

uffdabock

Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Co.

Location:  New Glarus, WI

Style:  Bock  ABV:  6.7%

Contributed By:  Annie Teigen  (Thanks Annie!)

Just read the side of the bottle tonight and you will get a very detailed description of the Uff-da Bock.

I will add though, that if you haven’t been to the Brewery in New Glarus you should definitely go sometime.  It truly is a castle on the hill!  It is a self guided tour so not as ‘fun’ as the Lakefront tour but the beer cellar where you can purchase all of their selection is well worth it.  The unique fact about New Glarus Brewing Co. is that you can only get their beer in the great state of Wisconsin……Only In Wisconsin!

Cheers!

Advent Reflection:

Luke 1: 67-80

And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

 

IN HOLINESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth struggle to have a child; and then in their old age, an angel of the Lord visits Zechariah and tells him they will indeed have a son. Because Zechariah questions this declaration from the Lord, the angel tells Zechariah that he will not be able to speak for the duration of Elizabeth’s pregnancy (it seems as though Elizabeth receives a double blessing here – a child and a husband that can’t speak). When the time comes for Elizabeth to give birth to their son, Zechariah’s voice returns and the first thing he utters is a song of blessing to God.

In this song, known as the Benedictus (“blessed be the Lord God of Israel”), Zechariah praises God and declares that he is powerful and faithful in fulfilling his promises. Through the lens of God’s faithfulness, Zechariah contemplates the events that are transpiring concerning the birth of his son, John, and the anticipated birth of John’s cousin, Jesus. The births of these two babies are part of the grand story of a God who keeps promises and acts on behalf of his people.

This first part of the song is thanksgiving for the realization that Jesus, the Messiah, is coming, the long awaited Messiah, hoped for by generations upon generations. This not only brought hope to the people of Israel, but a renewed strength to carry on. When Zechariah mentions the horn of salvation (verse 69), the people of Israel would have thought of the mighty power of deliverance which would now be at hand.

This deliverance is pointed to by Zechariah as the fulfillment of God’s oath to Abraham; not for personal gain of things on this earth, but that (74b-75) “we may serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness all our days.”

But what is the goal of this deliverance/salvation? Here is perhaps the most insightful part of the song. Zechariah is not retreating from life or looking only to a future reward in heaven. His heart’s desire is to serve God with everything that is within him. The Amplified Bible puts it this way, “To grant us that we might serve him fearlessly in holiness (divine consecration) and righteousness [in accordance with the everlasting principles of right] within his presence all the days of our lives.” The meaning of life comes in faithful service to a holy God. By saying “our days,” Zechariah represents many who strive to serve God wholeheartedly.

The second part of Zechariah’s song is addressed to his own precious son. John was to participate in such an important way in the redemption of God’s people. He would be a prophet, preparing people, and preaching the forgiveness of sins brought to fruition by the coming of the Messiah.

Jesus, the light of the world, has come to dispel the darkness (verse 79). God has visited us in the form of a man. And it is he whom we must be dependent upon for our salvation. Even the righteous Zechariah recognized the need to be totally dependent on the one God would send. This Advent and Christmas season, let us renew our commitment to “serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness all our days.”

-taken from “Advent Project” by Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts, Biola

Prayer
We thank you, God, for the wilderness. As we wait for the land of promise, teach us your holiness and righteousness. Lead us to the place where we hear your word most clearly, renew us and clear out the wastelands of our lives, prepare us for life in the awareness of Christ’s coming when the desert will sing and the wilderness will blossom as the rose.
Amen.

 

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