Posts Tagged "New Testament"

Monday Morning Prophecy #23 – The Messiah Would Come From the Lineage of Zerubbabel

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This week marks the end of our look at the Old Testament prophecies of the lineage of the coming Messiah.  In past weeks, we have looked at prophecies related to some notable Old Testament characters including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Jesse and David.  Today, we will look at a prophecy related to a slightly lesser known Old Testament character: Zerubbabel.

Haggai the prophet informs us that the Lord chose Zerubbabel to be like a signet ring (his signature).  This is an indication that the Messiah (God’s signet ring on his right hand) would come from Zerubbabel’s lineage:

On that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel, declares the LORD, and make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, declares the LORD of hosts.” [Haggai 2:23]

As we have in prior weeks, let’s look at the genealogies of Christ from the New Testament books of Matthew and Luke to see if Jesus was indeed descended from Zerubbabel.  Let’s start with Matthew (as with prior weeks, I have highlighted the relevant sections in red):

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This Month in the Middle (September 2009)

This Month in the Middle Wide I officially renamed this series “This Month in the Middle” last month and added the new graphics. Each month this entry provides a categorized listing of the posts from the prior month. So, here is the Monthly Round Up of the posts to Dad in the Middle for September 2009. Look for the new index page to Dad in the Middle coming soon!

What Kids Must Know About Sin Series

Come Ye’ Children Synopsis

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This Month In The Middle (August 2009)

This Month in the Middle WideInspired by the classic television staple of my youth – This Week In Baseball, I have officially renamed this series “This Month in the Middle.” I also I decided I needed a graphic – please note the utter lack of creativity! Each month this entry provides a categorized listing of the posts from the prior month (in this case a couple of months ago with the September version coming soon!). So, here is the Monthly Round Up of the posts to Dad in the Middle for August 2009. I’m just slightly behind on this one, but my plan is to start a new index page when I get to my 200th post sometime here in the next month or so:

Come Ye’ Children Synopsis

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Monday Morning Prophecy #22 – The Messiah Would Come From the Lineage of David

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Last week, we looked at the Old Testament prophecy that the Messiah would come from the line of Jesse.  This week we will examine the Old Testament prophecies that the Messiah would come from the line of Jesse’s son David.

In 2 Samuel, the Lord commissions Nathan to go the David:

Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. [2 Samuel 7:8-13]

God assures David that the eternal kingdom would come through his linage.  There are also several passage from the Psalm which indicate that God promised David that his offspring would endure and rule forever.  As indicated when we looked at the prophecies that the Christ would come from the line of Judah, only the Messiah fulfills any promise of eternal rule.

You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.'” Selah [Psalms 89:3-4]

Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me. [Psalms 89:35-36]

There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. [Psalms 132:17]

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Monday Morning Prophecy #21 – The Messiah Would Come From the Lineage of Jesse

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Over the last several weeks, we looked at prophecies made thousands of years before the birth of Jesus that indicated that the Messiah would come from the line of Abraham through Isaac through Jacob through Judah.  This week, we will skip a number of generations and look at Old Testament prophecies that the Messiah would come from the line of Jesse (a descendant of Judah and father of King David).

The prophet Isaiah prophecies hundreds of years before the birth of Christ that the Messiah would come from the line of Jesse:

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. [Isaiah 11:1-2]

In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples–of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. [Isaiah 11:10]

In the New Testament, Paul refers to the prophecies of Isaiah in talking about Jesus:

And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.” [Romans 15:12]

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