Tag: Advent Calendar

The Prophet Isaiah speaks of a royal child

The Prophet Isaiah speaks of a royal child

15th December "The virgin will be with child, and she will give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) Having learned more about Christ’s ancestors, we now turn to the Old Testament prophets who spoke of his coming. Isaiah was the first of the Four Major Prophets and he lived … Continue reading The Prophet Isaiah speaks of a royal child

Zerubbabel, the chosen servant

Zerubbabel, the chosen servant

14th December “On that day, says the Lord of hosts, I will take you, Zerubbabel, my servant, son of Shealtiel, says the Lord, and I will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, says the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai 2:23) A new chapter of Christ’s family tree began with the birth … Continue reading Zerubbabel, the chosen servant

King Josiah, the religious reformer

King Josiah, the religious reformer

13th December“A son will be born to the house of David by the name of Josiah.” (1 Kings 13:2) Josiah may not be that widely known, but along with Hezekiah, he was one of Judah’s most saintly kings. Like Christ, his birth was prophesied hundreds of years beforehand (1 Kings 13:1-2). He brought religious reform … Continue reading King Josiah, the religious reformer

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