Category: Old Testament

The Birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-5)

The Birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-5)

Micah was one of the Twelve Prophets and possibly also a judge. He was active during the reign of three kings of Judah - Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah (roughly 757-698 BC). He also lived at the same time as the prophet Isaiah - and even quoted a passage from his book (Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-3; … Continue reading The Birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-5)

The Miracle of the Manna (Exodus 16:1-36)

The Miracle of the Manna (Exodus 16:1-36)

The miraculous story of bread descending from heaven is described in the book of Exodus. Its themes include dependence on God, a test of faith and fair treatment for all. For Christians, this heavenly food, known as ‘manna’, came to be seen as a symbol of the Eucharist. After their escape from Egypt, the Israelites … Continue reading The Miracle of the Manna (Exodus 16:1-36)

The Prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 36:24-28)

The Prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 36:24-28)

Ezekiel was one of the Four Major Prophets of Israel. As Pope St John Paul II observed, he was “a witness of one of the most tragic ages the Jewish people lived through: the destruction of the Kingdom of Judaea and its capital, Jerusalem, followed by the bitter exile in Babylon.” Ezekiel was among a … Continue reading The Prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 36:24-28)

St Gabriel the Archangel (Daniel 9:20-27)

St Gabriel the Archangel (Daniel 9:20-27)

Most people probably know of the angel Gabriel because of his role in the Nativity. He was the one who told the Virgin Mary that she was to give birth to Christ (Luke 1:26-38). The New Testament says that he also informed St Zechariah about the birth of St John the Baptist (Luke 1:11-20). However, … Continue reading St Gabriel the Archangel (Daniel 9:20-27)

The Twelve Prophets (Sirach 49:10)

The Twelve Prophets (Sirach 49:10)

The Twelve Prophets were a dozen of the most famous prophets from Jewish history. In the name of God, they called the people to repentance, spoke out against injustice and made spiritual observations about the politics of the day. The Twelve were Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habbakuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. … Continue reading The Twelve Prophets (Sirach 49:10)

Moses receives the Law (Exodus 19:1–20:21)

Moses receives the Law (Exodus 19:1–20:21)

Three months after they left Egypt, the Israelites arrived at Mount Sinai. This was because God had previously told Moses to return to this holy mountain, accompanied by the people (Exodus 3:1-12). There they set up camp and prepared to meet God. After three days, Moses got them all to gather around the mountain. A dark … Continue reading Moses receives the Law (Exodus 19:1–20:21)

Abel is Murdered (Genesis 4:1-16)

Abel is Murdered (Genesis 4:1-16)

The story of Cain and Abel is of a family feud that ended in tragedy. It speaks of one man’s simple faith – and another’s murderous rage. Later, Abel’s bloody death also became a symbol of the sacrifice of Christ. Genesis says that Adam and Eve’s two eldest children were Cain and his brother Abel. … Continue reading Abel is Murdered (Genesis 4:1-16)