Merry Christmas From the Prophets-Part ThreeRev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., December 15, 2019
Part of the Advent 2019 series.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Merry Christmas from Ezekiel!
It sounds a bit strange, doesn’t it? And yet, as we have observed over the last couple of Sundays, the prophets of the Old Testament indeed had a ‘Christmas’ message to send! And we have drawn the practical conclusion that our celebration of Advent, and our basic understanding of the Christmas Miracle, is not at all complete until we have considered what the prophets foretold about the coming Messiah and King!
This Lord’s Day we will turn to the thrilling Messianic prophecy discovered in Ezekiel 37:24-28. In these verses, the prophet provides us with an ancient promise of One who will come to Israel in her exile and spiritual hopelessness. He will be God’s “ servant,” and Israel’s new “ king,” “ shepherd,” and “ prince”! And the results of His appearance and His ministry will be nothing less than miraculous!
24And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. 25And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. 26Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. 27My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore. (KJV)