Category: Old Testament

The Piercing of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-14)

The Piercing of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-14)

The Prophet Zechariah served God at a critical time, when the Jews had just returned from exile in Babylon (around 520 BC). He was from a priestly family and lived at the same time as the prophet Haggai (Nehemiah 12:1,12,16). The two of them supported the high priest Joshua and the governor Zerubbabel in the … Continue reading The Piercing of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-14)

King David’s affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-12:15)

King David’s affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-12:15)

Towards the beginning of his reign, the previously prayerful King David dramatically fell from grace. He had an affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, who was one of his most loyal soldiers. To cover up the scandal, he then had Uriah killed. It all began when King David was walking on his … Continue reading King David’s affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-12:15)

The Call of Elisha (1 Kings 19:9-21)

The Call of Elisha (1 Kings 19:9-21)

The prophet Elisha was the pupil of the famous prophet, Elijah. He went on to become Elijah’s successor and performed many miracles. His life was one of sacrifice and service. Although he mixed with powerful politicians, he never forgot those on the margins. The story begins when God spoke to Elijah while he was hiding … Continue reading The Call of Elisha (1 Kings 19:9-21)

The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

Towards the end of the book of Daniel is a dramatic tale about how the prophet saved an innocent woman named Susanna from the death penalty. It’s a story about attempted rape, the abuse of power and the right to a fair trial. It’s set in Babylon, where the Jews where living in exile. It … Continue reading The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

The First Gospel (Genesis 3:14-19)

The First Gospel (Genesis 3:14-19)

After the Fall of Adam and Eve, Genesis says that God spoke to each of those involved (the snake, the woman and the man) about the consequences of their sin. While explaining the punishment they would each receive, he also provided reassurance to Adam and Eve that all was not lost. God said to the … Continue reading The First Gospel (Genesis 3:14-19)

Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

While he was in his forties, Jacob had a dream about God that changed his life forever. The dream took place while he was on the run from his brother, Esau, who he had cheated out of his birthright. To escape his angry twin, Jacob was sent by his parents to stay with his uncle … Continue reading Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

The Temptation & Fall (Genesis 3:1-24)

The Temptation & Fall (Genesis 3:1-24)

The famous story of the Temptation of Adam and Eve touches on several themes. This includes the nature of temptation, the power of free will and what later became known as the teaching of ‘Original Sin’. While describing a real event, the story contains a number of symbols. While living in the Garden of Eden, … Continue reading The Temptation & Fall (Genesis 3:1-24)

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)