Fulfilled: The Prophets Foretold
Throughout the Old Testament scriptures, a redeemer was promised time and time again. He crushes Satan. He’s the prophet to listen to. He’s the King. He’s the parable teller. He’s the stone the builders rejected, the baby, born in Bethlehem.
Daily Prayer: Lord, teach me to trust your promises every day. Amen.
Monday, December 8
Read Genesis 3/Galatians 4:1-7. The first prophecy of a redeemer comes in Genesis 3:15. How is Jesus the fulfillment of this prophecy? How does Paul work this into his letter to the Galatians? Why is it important to you that Satan’s head has been crushed?
Tuesday, December 9
Read Deuteronomy 18:15-22/Matthew 21:10-11. God promises a prophet who will speak his words. This came true numerous times in the Old Testament. Why then do we see it as a prophecy about Jesus? Who is “the prophet?”
Wednesday, December 10
Read 2 Samuel 7/Acts 13:36-39. It sure sounds like God is talking about David’s son Solomon. It also seems like he’s talking about Jesus. Could it be both? Jesus is Lord. Jesus is King. What’s the difference being in Jesus’ kingdom? Look for that difference today.
Thursday, December 11
Read Psalm 78:1-8/Matthew 13:34-35. The psalmist opened his mouth in parables and revealed timeless truths. How appropriate for Jesus to do so also! Share with someone else your favorite parable of Jesus. Why is it your favorite?
Friday, December 12
Read Psalm 118/1 Peter 2:4-10. Who is the “stone the builders rejected?” God takes things that seem small and insignificant and does amazing things. Peter calls us “living stones.” If we’re being built into a “spiritual house” along with other believers, how do we know what these stones should look like? Perhaps something like the stone the builders rejected?
Saturday, December 13
Read Micah 5:1-5/Matthew 2:1. Bethlehem is David’s city. As a town, it was also rather small and insignificant. How does this prophecy come true? When have you seen God take what seems small to this world and do something big for Him in your life?
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