Day 13 | Prophecy of Shoot from the Stump of Jesse
We are in the Advent season. The word “Advent” means waiting or coming. It takes two main qualities to wait: patience and faith. Sometimes we have to wait a really long time before a promise comes true. Sometimes, when it takes a long time, it also takes faith to not give up hope that the one who made the promise is really going to do what he or she promised.
In the Bible, a prophet named Isaiah learns from God who Jesus will be and what He will do for us. Isaiah lived 700 years before Jesus was even born. We learn that Jesus will come from the root, or family, of Jesse and He will be wise and strong and so much more. Jesse was King David’s father. So, the Bible is teaching us that Jesus will come from the family line of King David. The Bible tells us God’s people waited patiently and were faithful for 700 years before Jesus was finally born.
Seven hundred years is a long time to wait for anything, especially believing that God would keep His promise. Talk about faith and patience!
During our Advent season we want to prepare our hearts and lives for the coming of this “shoot”, or branch – the baby Jesus – who grew up to fulfill ALL of God’s promises as our Savior Jesus Christ.
Memory Verse | John 1:14a
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory.
What does Advent mean?
What is a “shoot?”
Who is the “shoot?”
What is the promise of the “shoot?”
How many promises did Jesus fulfill?
Dear God, please help me to practice patience and faith as I wait for Jesus to come. While I wait, please give me the opportunities to tell others about Him. Amen.