Which candle are we lighting this week? Yes, the Prophesy candle. What does it symbolize? Right, hope! What helped the people in the bible to have hope? Yes, the prophesies. Do you remember what a prophesy is? Yes, an announcement about the future.
The prophets also gave the people some information about who Jesus’ great great great great great… grandparents would be! God told the prophets Isaiah and David that Jesus would be of the line of King David and David’s father Jesse. That meant his many-times-great-grandfathers would be David and Jesse. Let’s read those prophesies in the bible:
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:1-3
“For the time is coming,” says the Lord, when I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. And this will be his name: The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’ In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety Jeremiah 23:5-6
Knowing all these details about who Jesus would be made the people excited about Jesus’ birth!
Do you like hearing stories about your great great grandparents? Wouldn’t it be cool to hear about your great great grandson?