Reading Day 1 – 4

Day 1 – Genesis 3 The Fall of Human
(Short version – Genesis 3:6-21)

We are starting all the way in the very beginning when God created the first people – Adam and Eve.  This is the story of first sin, and even from the very beginning, God has prophesied the coming of Jesus to save us.  It is a gloomy passage to start Lent with, but even in the darkest time, God’s love and providence shines through.  Verse 15 is the promise of Jesus!

Day 2 – Deuteronomy 6 Love the LORD Your God 
(Short version – Deuteronomy 4-12 & 20-25)

Through Moses, God has brought his people, the Israelites, out from Egypt and after 40 years of training to trust God, they are finally about to enter the promised land. This is Moses’s last sermon to Israel reminding them what is the heart of the commandments. What does this have to do with Jesus? Reflect on the last verse 25.  Can we achieve this righteousness?

Day 3 – 2 Samuel 7 God’s Promise to David
(Short version – 2 Samuel 7:5-16)

After settling into the promised land, Israel has a King.  King David was a man after God’s heart, and put worship at the center of Israel’s life.  His wish was always to make a great temple for God, but God says no, and gives him a bigger promise. What is this promise (covenant) and how does it relate to Jesus?

Day 4 – Isaiah 9:1-7  To Us a Child is Born
(Short version – Isaiah 9:6-7)

We have the famous prophecy that we memorized during Advent (waiting for Christ).  Since King David, Israel has not been faithful to God, and Israel has split into 2 kingdoms, and they are facing a lot of oppression from other kingdoms.  This passage is the prophecy about the Messiah to come, and we get a better glimpse of Jesus, and the continued promise of God.

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