The First Week of Advent
November 30, 2022
Talk about a time when you predicted something, how it felt to wait to see if you were right or wrong, and how it felt when you were proved right or wrong.
It’s worth remembering that the word Messiah comes with a lot of meaning. It comes from the Hebrew word משיה that means anointed. In the Old Testament, the word often referred to the anointed king. If you were anointed, that meant that you were chosen as the next in line. In Greek, the word becomes χριστοσ which is pronounced “Christos.” Sound familiar? The term we use today, Christ, is acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah - the chosen one of God.
Jesus fulfills, completes, and otherwise takes on characteristics that line up with several Old Testament prophecies. It’s worth noting that prophecy frequently takes on multiple meanings. Theologians have words for these different layers of meaning. The Immediate Horizon refers to prophecies that have meaning in the prophet’s own world (in or around their lifetime), the Gospel Horizon refers to prophecies that have meaning for the life and ministry of Jesus, and the Eternal Horizon refers to prophecies that have meaning for the end of the world and the new creation.
For the following verses, use your knowledge of the Bible and your phone (if necessary) to figure out what ways the prophecy was fulfilled in each of the horizons described above. Also, see if you can find where the verses are quoted in the New Testament. The passages are Isaiah 7:14, Hosea 11:1, and Isaiah 6:9-10.
The prophecies from the Old Testament unavoidably point to Jesus as the Messiah, but there were people in Jesus’ day who missed the signs because they were distracted or looking in the wrong places or expecting the wrong things. We don’t want to miss out on the things God has to say to us today. With that in mind, the challenge for today is to devote 10 minutes a day that you would normally spend watching TV or scrolling social media or playing on your phone to spending time in God’s Word.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer together.