Tag: Old Testament

<strong>Malachi foretells the Mass (Malachi 1:10-11)</strong>

Malachi foretells the Mass (Malachi 1:10-11)

The book of Malachi was written in the 5th century BC, after the reconstruction of the Temple of Jerusalem by Zerubbabel. Malachi was the last of the Twelve Minor Prophets and his name means ‘messenger’. In his book, he wrote about acceptable worship, faithfulness in marriage, the coming of the Messiah and the Day of … Continue reading Malachi foretells the Mass (Malachi 1:10-11)

<strong>King Solomon asks for wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-15)</strong>

King Solomon asks for wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-15)

Solomon was the son of King David, the musical monarch of Israel. When his father died, he succeeded him as king. At the beginning of his reign, Solomon was a man of great faith. Naturally, therefore, he turned to God for guidance as to how he should rule. As Pope Benedict XVI observed: “Solomon inherited … Continue reading King Solomon asks for wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-15)

Jonah and the Whale (Jonah 2:1-10)

Jonah and the Whale (Jonah 2:1-10)

This mosaic tells the story of the Prophet Jonah, who – like Christ – was from Galilee. Jonah lived during the reign of King Jeroboam II of Israel, in the 8th century BC (2 Kings 14:25). His ministry, which is described in the book named after him, reflects several themes – reluctance to serve God, … Continue reading Jonah and the Whale (Jonah 2:1-10)

The Jesse Tree Advent Calendar

The Jesse Tree Advent Calendar

The Jesse Tree is a visual way of tracing the family tree of Christ back through the Old Testament. This biblical Advent calendar will enable you to prepare for Christmas, day by day, by finding out more about the men and women who were the ancestors of Christ. Each day includes a short explanation of … Continue reading The Jesse Tree Advent Calendar

The Prophet Micah speaks of the Messiah’s birth

The Prophet Micah speaks of the Messiah’s birth

20th December “But from you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, among the tiniest of the clans of Judah, from you will come forth for me one who is to be a ruler in Israel, one whose origins are from the distant past, from ancient times.” (Micah 5:1) Micah was one of the Twelve Minor Prophets and possibly … Continue reading The Prophet Micah speaks of the Messiah’s birth

The Prophet Hosea speaks of the Messiah in Egypt

The Prophet Hosea speaks of the Messiah in Egypt

19th December “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” (Hosea 11:1) While Isaiah was prophesying in Judah, a new prophet’s voice was heard in the north, in the land of Israel. His name was Hosea and he lived in the 8th century BC. He was the … Continue reading The Prophet Hosea speaks of the Messiah in Egypt

The Prophet Daniel speaks of a royal coronation

The Prophet Daniel speaks of a royal coronation

18th December “I beheld approaching on the clouds of heaven one like a son of man. He came before the Ancient One and was presented to him. Dominion and glory and kingship were conferred upon him so that all peoples and nations of every language would become his servants.” (Daniel 7:13) Daniel was the fourth … Continue reading The Prophet Daniel speaks of a royal coronation

The Prophet Ezekiel speaks of a royal shepherd

The Prophet Ezekiel speaks of a royal shepherd

17th December “My servant David will be their king, and they all will have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be scrupulous in obeying my statutes.” (Ezekiel 37:24) Ezekiel was the third of the Four Major Prophets. He was forcibly exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar, after the siege of Jerusalem in 597 … Continue reading The Prophet Ezekiel speaks of a royal shepherd

The Prophet Jeremiah speaks of a royal branch

The Prophet Jeremiah speaks of a royal branch

16th December “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up a righteous branch from the line of David. He will reign as king and rule wisely and ensure justice and righteousness in the land.” (Jeremiah 23:5) Jeremiah was the second of the Four Major Prophets and he was born in … Continue reading The Prophet Jeremiah speaks of a royal branch

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