31 Days of the Christmas story from Genesis to John: Day 4 – God chooses a family

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God’s covenant promise with Abraham came true. Israel became a nation, and the people were held captive for 400 years in Egypt just as it was prophesied in Genesis. Through God’s direction, Moses led the people out of bondage to a place called Mt. Sinai (Saudi Arabia). God gave them instructions on how to build a tabernacle for worship, and they became an organized people with a system of government. Joshua then led them to the Promised Land of Canaan, as God had promised to Abraham.

The nation of Israel is ruled by judges for several years until a prophet by the name of Samuel is born. Samuel is the last judge of Israel before the people choose a king named Saul to be their first king. King Saul later becomes mad, and the prophet Samuel, through God’s direction, anoints a young man David from the tribe of Judah as their next king. The monarchy is established, and the prophecy of Jacob regarding the tribe of Judah is fulfilled.

King David is a popular and successful king. A vision from the prophet Nathan is given to King David in this fourth prophecy, also known as the Davidic Covenant.

“Your house and kingdom will endure before Me forever, and your throne will be established forever.’”  2 Samuel 7:16

All three of these things (house, kingdom, and throne) are fulfilled in Jesus, as told by the angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary, who was from the house of David.

Luke 1:32-33
“He will be great
and will be called the Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give Him
the throne of His father David.
He will reign over the house of Jacob forever,
and His kingdom will have no end.”

I pray you will experience the joy and good news that was announced by the angel Gabriel on that night so long ago, when God came down to earth to fulfill His promise of a Savior and a Kingdom that will never end.

 * Merry Christmas *

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