We are beginning to look at the recorded prophesies of Christ. Most of these will be in the Old Testament, and then we will lead to reading the text of the Christmas Narratives in all three gospels. We will look at our pre-conceptions, what was written and some historical background. I love the Bible, and have taken many classes. However, I am not a "Bible Scholar". Feel free to disagree with me. Feel free to disagree with each other--but in a healthy and loving way. Being said, know that any comments that are disparaging or mean will be deleted.
This is the plan, on Mondays I will post a little background on the passage and some questions to answer. Feel free to answer all or some of them them in the comments. Then Friday I'll try to write a summary of the collected comments and add some more of my own. The study schedule is posted on this post. If you have questions or suggestions feel free to email me at emily AT kennesawumc DOT org.
Typically, we won't study passages from two books at once, but these two passages are closely connected! Moses and David are closely connected, because they were both recipients of God's covenants with Israel.
Scripture Reading--Deuteronomy 18:15-22 and 2 Samuel 7
In ancient times, a covenant was a special promise--one cemented by God. When two people made a covenant, they got their gods involved! In scripture, covenants are promises between us and God. God promises us something, and we promise something in return.
Our first reading is from Deuteronomy, a book describing the laws God gave to Moses for Israel. The covenant was that God would claim Israel IF Israel kept God's laws. These laws were important, for they were Israel's link to God! Remember, Moses was a prophet, but this passage prophesies a new prophet coming!
Our second reading is from 2 Samuel 7 (Look most closely at 10-17 and 25-29). This concerns a covenant God made through the Prophet Nathan with David. David was King, but God promised that God would build God's own House from David.
- Pray--God open our eyes to your truths! Let us see with your eyes! Let us hear nothing but your words! Open our hearts to you! Amen
- Read through the two chapters and put it down.
- Read through the questions below, and then the scriptures a second time!
- Try to answer the questions.
1) What makes you believe the "prophet" that is spoken of in Deuteronomy 18 Points to Jesus?
2) What makes you believe that the "house" in 2 Samuel 7 points to Jesus?
3) Talk about your notion of covenant. How do these covenants with Moses and David helping point to the new covenant that will be Jesus? What is the Covenant we have with Jesus?
4) What else stuck out to you? What is new that you've never heard before or seen before or thought? What did I not ask?
Can't wait to start this together! We will reassess Friday and see how its going!