Today’s readings (click below to open in new tab/window):
Psalms 24; 150, Isaiah 13:1-13, Hebrews 12:18-29, John 3:22-30
As we reach the mid-way point in our season of Advent, today’s scripture readings appropriately focus on preparation.
Psalm 24, written a thousand years before Christ’s birth, uses the metaphor of a king returning victorious from battle to describe the Lord assuming his place among his people. Not written about Jesus specifically, this psalm sets the stage for the hoped-for Day of the Lord.
Isaiah also describes the Day of the Lord (prophetically speaking, there were several such days), but from a differing viewpoint. Rather than describing a glorious victory, Isaiah warned the Babylonians of the destruction awaiting them for turning away from God and oppressing God’s people.
The letter to the Hebrews, written after Christ’s death, warned its audience to listen for the word of God so they would be prepared for Christ’s return…
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