Christ’s birth is prophesied

from the Christ’s birth is prophesied reading plan


Isaiah 7:14 & 9:2-7, Psalm 85

BY Hayley Morgan

Text: Isaiah 7:14 & 9:2-7, Psalm 85

Christ’s Birth is Prophesied in the Rich and Layered Scripture

Reflection

Scripture is fascinating in the way it is delicately woven and joined together to tell of a great mystery with a heroic ending. Generations and generations before Christ’s birth, we hear about the coming King from the Prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah speaks to the people of Israel and tells them that there will be a virgin birth, and that baby will be God with us, Immanuel.

Much of the book of Isaiah speaks of the fact that no earthly thing can save the Israelites. It is apparent that Israel is a fickle nation, and her people have fickle hearts. The men and women of Israel try to be good, but they are not good. Sin reigns in their hearts, even when they desire to do what is right.

The Psalmist in Psalm 85 asks if God will be angry forever, if His anger will last through generations. But, Isaiah speaks of a hope for Israel, a King that will be in the line of David and born to a virgin girl.

We have the same hope in this generation but, unlike the Israelites, we do not have to wait. Jesus is not just a future hope; He is a hope we can be secure in today. Emmanuel is God with us, He is King through the generations, prophesied in Isaiah and living today.

Prayer

God, thank you that your Scripture is layered and rich. Thank you that what you said would be has come to pass. Thank you for the good gift of Jesus, the God who walked with us on earth, born as a tiny baby. When we are tempted to doubt that you have good things for us, Lord, I pray that you’d bring this Ebenezer to mind. You promised a King would be born of a virgin girl and HE WAS.

Advent Action

Take a moment today to look to your past and see how God has brought good from a hopeless situation. God works all things together for those who love Him.

 

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For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved Christmas song for each day of our Advent plan. We invite you to listen to God Our Help In Ages Past today as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.

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28 thoughts on "Christ’s birth is prophesied"

  1. TyneSwedish says:

    The scripture is rich indeed! I love how it never stops teaching me things. Sure they are what they are: stories of our father as told by people and events long past. But every chapter I read further teaches me things about my self: How to be slow to anger, and to be like Abraham and Mary accepting and obeying the Father. I learn through the word of God and it is true: I am not fed by bread alone but by every word of God.

  2. Sharon Neve says:

    The Prince of Peace Satisfies All – Psalms 85:10 Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!

    Love and truth; righteousness and peace. These four divine attributes parted at the fall of Adam, and met again at the cross of Christ. Love was ever inclined to save man, with Peace at her side; but Truth demanded of God "The soul that sins, it shall die" and Righteousness agreed. Jehovah is true in all His ways, and righteous in all His works. Now in Christ the demands of all these claimants are satisfied, and union between them is restored, which shows how God's word can be true, and His work just, and yet we all sinners, notwithstanding, find unfailing love and mercy and obtain perfect peace from the Prince of Peace Himself.

    (Sharon Neve adapted from George Horne)

  3. Carole Russell says:

    Ps.85 really blessed me this morning. Vs.8-9.”I will listen to what the Lord will say; He promises peace to His people His saints…but let them not return to folly.Surely His salvation is near those who fear Him, that His glory may dwell in our land.” I do want to hear listen and obey what the Lord is saying and when i do, i walk in His peace.( Lord help me not to return to folly or idolatrous vanities. ). And I must not only love the Lord but fear Him. And may His glory dwell in our land!…and not only in our land, but in me…in all thesaints of the Lord! Let His glory shine in and through me..through us. Then…vs.10 “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteouness and peace Kiss each other”. How beautiful! Selah…pause and think about that…

  4. T Thomas says:

    God did keep His promises.God did bring good to me from many hopeless situations. 2 instances in my life come to mind. He knows them all. Without His Son, we all had the same hopeless end result. Now our past no longer defines us. His saving grace. Thank you God for turning all those hopeless situations around for my good. Thank you for being God With Us. That promise has already been fulfilled.

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