Prophecy

4th Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2007
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 7:10-16
Reading 2: 
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Reading 3: 
Romans 1:1-7
Reading 4: 
Matthew 1:18-25
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Isaiah 7:10-16

2nd Sunday of Advent

December 5, 2004
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 11:1-10
Reading 2: 
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Reading 3: 
Romans 15:4-13
Reading 4: 
Matthew 3:1-12
By John B. Cobb, Jr.

Whereas the scripture readings for last Sunday could not be read as specifically anticipating the coming of Jesus, matters are quite different today. The passages from Isaiah and Psalms have been understood by Christians as prophecies of Jesus. In these instances, of course, no one supposes that the writers had direct knowledge of Jesus. Their prophesies were expressions of hope.

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