the prophecies and the promises

from the the prophecies and the promises reading plan


Numbers 24:15-19, 2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 22:16-21

BY Hayley Morgan

Text: Numbers 24:15-19, 2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 22:16-21

The Prophecies and the Promises

Reflection

We can look at the prophecies in Scripture and see that they were confirmed. Every foretelling of His birth came to pass. This is excellent news for we who believe in Jesus! We have the benefit of observing the generations before Jesus’ birth, and reading the words of the men who proclaimed the events to come.

2 Peter 1:19 says, “And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”

This is of highest importance, this preparing of our hearts. Even as it was prophesied that Jesus would be born the first time, we have been promised that He will come again! As surely as we believe that Jesus was born as a baby, we should prepare to see Him come again as a victor.

Just as the Jews were watching and hoping and living for a Savior, we should be watching and hoping and living for His return. It will be as glorious a day as the day of His birth. Glory in God’s economy does not necessarily look fantastic to human eyes, but it is Earth-shaking, time-changing, eternity-tremblingly glorious.

Prayer

God, help us see the glory of Jesus’ birth and hope for the glory of His return. You have promised good to us, and we know He will come again soon. Help us in the waiting, and in the groaning that accompanies the chasm between Heaven and Earth. Help us hope for the day to come when Heaven will come down, in the same way people thousands of years ago awaited His birth. Amen.

Advent Action

Think of something you’ve long awaited. What was your posture in the waiting? What did that hope and excitement feel like? Close your eyes and imagine waiting like that for Jesus.

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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 O Come All Ye Faithful today as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.

Post Comments (16)

16 thoughts on "the prophecies and the promises"

  1. Catherine_K_L says:

    Celebrating the birth of Jesus, celebrating our Bright Morning Star! This is my Epiphany Sunday. Epiphany because I experience Epiphany through Jesus the Bright Morning Star…..
    Wise men were led to Jesus by the Star of Bethlehem. Stars are points of reference for travelers throughout history, and The Bright Morning Star is not "a" point of reference, but rather "THE" point of reference. Always guiding us in truth and with faithfulness. Faithfulness that the new day is dawning and with it comes new mercies, faithful that he is our portion for whatever we need that day (our daily bread), faithfulness in the promise each day that He will return for us! Hallelujah! Come thou long expected Jesus!!!

    Come Thou long expected Jesus
    Born to set Thy people free
    From our fears and sins release us
    Let us find our rest in Thee
    Israel's strength and consolation
    Hope of all the earth Thou art
    Dear desire of every nation
    Joy of every longing heart

    Born Thy people to deliver
    Born a child and yet a King
    Born to reign in us forever
    Now Thy gracious kingdom bring
    By Thine own eternal spirit
    Rule in all our hearts alone
    By Thine all sufficient merit
    Raise us to Thy glorious throne

  2. Maria says:

    Re-reading the account of Balaam & seeing how the Lord literally opened Balaam's eyes to what HE was doing all around him & in the future was truly eye-opening for me as well! The foretelling of a greater story is amazing and so easily overlooked. Then in 1 Peter– the Lord is coming! and we have a "more sure" reason for hope! He is coming and we have something to look to "as to a lamp shining in a dark place"– thankful for the reminder that God has given us in this dark & dying world.

  3. Hazelmaddie says:

    Sarah Elizabeth, CandaceJo, Janee White…you are all echoing what I feel in my heart! I get so worried about things that in the long run aren’t that big of a deal. I forget that God is my provider and is coming soon. I get so anxious when I think about him returning, I’m not quite sure why. I’m excited for pain to end and to see all the exciting things he will do. But I still get anxious! I’ve been working on my heart not worrying about each day but about his kingdom!

  4. AnnaLee says:

    I look at this. I know it, but I don't KNOW it- I don't feel it in my heart and soul. I know it, but do I believe it? Lately it's been hard to say yes. I think now, more than ever, I'm not living a life that is celebrating the grace that God poured down to us in the form of Christ. Sometimes, I completely overlook Christ and his sacrifice, and I've been praying for awhile now that God would truly place in my heart understanding and true appreciation for Christ and how central he is to my walk… because He hasn't been, and the more that I think about it, neither has the grace that accompanies his sacrifice. I want to live abundantly in grace, but it's SUCH a hard thing for me to actually accept and let fill me. The thought of God pursuing me no matter how much I pursue him is one that is almost foreign in my day to day thought process. Pray for me, sisters.

    1. brandi says:

      praying for AnnaLee!

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