Category: Old Testament

King Hezekiah, the messenger of mercy

King Hezekiah, the messenger of mercy

12th December “I tell you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (Luke 10:24) King Hezekiah was another of Christ’s royal ancestors. He ruled Judah during the time of the prophets Isaiah and Micah, at the … Continue reading King Hezekiah, the messenger of mercy

King Solomon, the peacemaker

King Solomon, the peacemaker

11th December “Solomon, the son of David, strengthened his hold on the kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly powerful.” (2 Chronicles 1:1) When King David died, his son Solomon succeeded him as ruler of Israel. When he was young, Solomon was a faithful king and his nation was … Continue reading King Solomon, the peacemaker

Queen Bathsheba, the queen mother

Queen Bathsheba, the queen mother

10th December “David then proceeded to console his wife Bathsheba. He went to her and slept with her. As a result, she bore a son, whom they named Solomon.” (2 Samuel 12:24) Bathsheba is another of the four women mentioned in St Matthew’s version of Christ’s family history (Matthew 1:6). She became the wife of … Continue reading Queen Bathsheba, the queen mother

King David, the shepherd king

King David, the shepherd king

9th December “Remember the gospel that I preach: Jesus Christ, a descendant of David, was raised from the dead.” (2 Timothy 2:8) King David was the shepherd boy and musician who became one of Israel’s greatest kings. After defeating Goliath on the battlefield in the service of King Saul, he went on to displace Saul … Continue reading King David, the shepherd king

Jesse, the root of the family tree

Jesse, the root of the family tree

8th December “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch will grow from his roots. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him.” (Isaiah 11:1) Jesse was the father of King David and another direct ancestor of Christ. In the First Book of Samuel, he is referred to as … Continue reading Jesse, the root of the family tree

Ruth, the faithful foreigner

Ruth, the faithful foreigner

7th December “Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. He slept with her, and the Lord granted that she conceive, and she bore a son.” (Ruth 4:13) In St Matthew’s version of Christ’s family tree, he includes four women, one of whom was Ruth, the wife of Boaz (Matthew 1:5). Her presence in Christ’s ancestry is … Continue reading Ruth, the faithful foreigner

Jacob, the ancestor of kings

Jacob, the ancestor of kings

5th December “God said to him, “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and become numerous. People and assemblies of people shall come from you. Kings shall come forth from your loins.” (Genesis 35:11) Jacob was the second son of Isaac and his beloved wife, Rebekah, who lived in the land of Canaan. He had an … Continue reading Jacob, the ancestor of kings

Isaac, the beloved son

Isaac, the beloved son

4th December “These are the descendants of Isaac, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah.” (Geneis 25:19-20) Isaac was the beloved son of Abraham and his wife, Sarah. Isaac’s mother Sarah was elderly and over childbearing age. One day, three angels visited Abraham … Continue reading Isaac, the beloved son

Abraham, our father in faith

Abraham, our father in faith

3rd December “Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, it declared the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you all the nations will be blessed.” (Galatians 3:8) St Matthew’s gospel begins his version of Christ’s family tree by emphasising how he was the “son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1). Abraham, who was originally … Continue reading Abraham, our father in faith