WEEK 02

December 8 – December 14

DAILY READINGS

Sunday

2 Samuel 7:12-13

Monday

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Psalm 6:1-10

Tuesday

Micah 5:2-4; Psalm 7:1-7

Wednesday

Luke 1:26-33; Psalm 7:8-17

Thursday

Luke 1:34-38; Psalm 8:1-3

Friday

Luke 1:39-45; Psalm 8:4-9

Saturday

Luke 1:46-56; Psalm 9:1-7

DEVOTIONAL: READ 2 SAMUEL 7:12-13

Ancient Israel longed for a good king who would establish God’s kingdom and reign on earth forever. They wanted a righteous king who would lead them in the ways of the Lord, and lead them to prosperity and victory. They waited for their perfect king to rule in a way that no man seemed able. The nation of Israel experienced a rocky start with King Saul, the glory days of King David’s rule, and the even more glorious rule of King Solomon. However, this was followed immediately by civil war. The nation split in two under mostly evil rulers. They were taken captive and led into exile by Assyria and Babylon. After returning from exile, Israel was taken over and occupied by the forces of Rome. It seemed like Israel was destined to be ruled by evil men and pagan kings.

Yet, they trusted that God would fulfill His promise that one of David’s descendants would reign over an everlasting kingdom. Though it seemed like the family tree of David had been chopped down, a branch would emerge from the stump revealing a king from the line of David who would rule an everlasting kingdom across all the nations of the world. A King would come, ruling with perfect wisdom, justice, and generosity.

In our world, it seems that we are still looking for that good and perfect king. Looking for a leader we can trust, who won’t fail, who will rule rightly where the best of humanity has fallen short.

Jesus is that perfect and promised King! We are able to trust in the promises that God has made through David because He is already fulfilling them in Jesus. We don’t need to wait for a King, but are able to look to Jesus, who is establishing His rule in the hearts of all people. We have a King who we can follow, expectantly anticipating the fullness of His eternal kingdom!

REFLECTION

Who or what rules your life? How have you seen that person or thing let you down?

In what ways is Jesus the good, true, and perfect King?

How do you see Jesus establishing His kingdom today? Is He King of your life? How are you able to take part in His kingdom and live under His perfect rule?

DISCUSSION

What is the most meaningful part of the Christmas season for you?

PRAYER

Jesus, You are my King. You are the King the world has waited for. You are the King each of us is seeking, whether we acknowledge it or not. You created us to know and experience hope, peace, joy, and love as we submit to Your kindly rule.

Forgive me for the times I try to sit on Your throne. Only You are worthy to rule. Forgive me for trying to place other things in Your seat. Only You are worthy of my worship. Help me to willingly submit to Your Kingship in my life, this day and every day.

You are my King. Amen.

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