Advent

Monday, December 25: Angels Announce the Redeemer

Luke 24:25-27 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. I Peter 1:10-12 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who …

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Sunday, December 24: Malachi Looks for the Covenant Messenger

Exodus 23:20-21 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.  Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.” Isaiah 40:3-5 A voice of one calling:“In the wilderness prepare    the way for the LORD;make …

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Saturday, December 23: Zechariah Longs for the King

Zechariah 9:9-10 (ESV) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!Behold, your king is coming to you;    righteous and having salvation is he,humble and mounted on a donkey,    on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim    and the war horse from Jerusalem;and the battle bow shall be cut off,    and he shall speak peace to the nations;his …

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Friday, December 22: Nahum Longs for Deliverance

Nahum 1:12-15 This is what the LORD says: “Although they have allies and are numerous,    they will be destroyed and pass away.Although I have afflicted you, Judah,    I will afflict you no more. Now I will break their yoke from your neck    and tear your shackles away.”  The LORD has given a command concerning you, Nineveh:    “You will have no descendants to bear your name.I will destroy the images and idols    that are …

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Thursday, December 21: Micah Longs for A Ruler

Micah 5:1-5a Marshal your troops now, city of troops,    for a siege is laid against us.They will strike Israel’s ruler    on the cheek with a rod.“ But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,    though you are small among the clans of Judah,out of you will come for me    one who will be ruler over Israel,whose origins are from of old,    from ancient times.” Therefore Israel will be abandoned    until the time when she …

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Wednesday, December 20: Hosea Portrays Redeeming Love

Hosea 3:1-5 The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, …

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Tuesday, December 19: Esther: Where Is Our Redeemer?

Esther 3:5-6 When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes. Esther 4:12-14 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back …

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Monday, December 18: Ezekiel Longs for a Good Shepherd

Ezekiel 34:11-12 “‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.  As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.’” Ezekiel 34:22-24 “’I will save …

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Sunday, December 17: Jeremiah: Longing for a New Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31-34 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD,    “when I will make a new covenantwith the people of Israel    and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant    I made with their ancestorswhen I took them by the hand    to lead them out of Egypt,because they broke my covenant,    though I was a husband to them,”declares the LORD. “This is the covenant I will make with …

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Saturday, December 16: Isaiah: Longing for the Anointed One

Isaiah 59:20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion,    to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,”declares the LORD. Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,    because the LORD has anointed me    to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,    to proclaim freedom for the captives    and release from darkness for the prisoners,to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor    and the day of vengeance of our God,to …

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