Dec. 3 – (Isa. 46:9-10; Foretelling - Gen. 9:26-27; Fulfilled - Luke 3:36) As we look forward to celebrating Jesus’ birth, let’s spend some time looking into the foretelling and fulfillment of His birth.  I have learned so much in the past years in doing this study that Christmas brought on a deeper meaning. As I expected, my study this year brought more insight and revelation of God’s love and timing and choices…only for our good!  We can never exhaust comprehension of His Word!  I would like to use Isa. 46:9-10 as a basis of this study. “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all My purpose (some versions say pleasure).”

                Let me begin this study with several things to keep in mind. First, through genealogies, we can trace from where Jesus descended.  That alone is amazing in the validity of scripture and prophecy.  I could spend days explaining why genealogies are so important for the validity of this study.  Let me just give a few: 1. Genealogies form the generation-to-generation tie-up of all preceding biblical history and are both the skeletal framework of the OT and the cords binding the whole Bible together, giving it its characteristic unity.  2. Public registers of all members of the Israelite families had to be scrupulously preserved. (Ex. Priests who couldn’t trace their ancestry were put out of their office. Neh. 7:64). Any Israelite could trace his genealogy because “all Israel were reckoned by genealogies” (I Chron. 9:1).  These records constituted a man’s title to his farm or home so there was a big interest to keep them up to date.)  3. These national records were carefully kept until the destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple, and the Jewish nation in A. D. 70.  Therefore, during the life of Jesus, no one could dispute that He was of the house and lineage of David as He claimed to be.

                There are two genealogies of Jesus as given in the NT to trace His lineage according to the flesh. One in Matt. 1:1-17 and one in Luke 3:23-38. They are not exactly the same and we won’t take time to study the differences. But where I have landed is that the two authors teeter between royal descent and actual physical descent. An example might be the descent of Joseph – Mathew’s account shows the royal descent and Luke’s account shows the physical descent.

                (Foretelling - Gen. 9:26-27; Fulfilled - Luke 3:36) Messiah would be a descendant of Shem.

As we study these prophesies you will have scripture that foretells and then scripture that shows fulfillment or confirmation. Let’s begin with Shem (chosen son of Noah). In Gen. 9:25-27, Noah is blessing (or cursing) his sons. He says, “Blessed be the Lord, the “God of Shem…and will dwell in the tents of Shem…”  The fulfillment comes in the genealogy in Luke 3:36. There is more information that helps connect Shem with Abraham (our next person we will study).  “The generations of Shem” (Gen. 11:10-26) stretch from Shem to Abraham covering ten generations – 427 years.  Shem lived from 98 years before the Flood until 502 years after the Flood, which means that he lived until 75 years after Abraham entered Canaan.  Isn’t that amazing?  This may be the longest span of foretelling to fulfillment (about 7,000 years, give or take 1000).  Shem means “name” in Hebrew – a designation subsequently given him as one of note or great among Noah’s sons.  The prophecy that Jehovah would be specially the God of Shem was fulfilled in the choice of Abraham and of Israel, his descendants as God’s peculiar people.  Shem is called “the father of all the children of Eber”; the term “Hebrew” is derived from Eber (Gen. 10:21; Num. 24:24). 

Dec. 4 – (Foretelling - Gen. 12:3; Fulfillment - Matt. 1:1; Gal. 3:16; Rom. 9:5) Messiah would be a descendant of Abraham.

                Matthew begins his genealogy by saying, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matt. 1:1). This is another confirmation that Jesus came from this nation because no other nations are even mentioned. Did you notice that Gen. 12:3 contains the call of Abraham to leave his country and go where God is leading him?  When Abraham accepted the call to go to a new land, it meant so much more than physically moving there. By such a choice God divided the many nations of the earth into two groups. Most of the peoples became “the Gentile nations,” while a very small family became known as God’s “chosen people”, the Jewish nation.  With this move, God gave him a new physical name (Abraham replaced Abram) and a new heritage name (Hebrew (Eber) replaced Gentile).  To these privileged people God gave a land, and a prophecy that He would make of the people “a great nation” and through them bless the earth (by Jesus coming through their blood line)!  What about the “big decisions” God is asking of you?  God has soo many blessings in store for each one of us and those we will touch if “we follow where He leads”! 

Dec. 5 – (Foretelling - Gen. 17:19, 21:12; 26:2,4; Fulfillment - Luke 3:34; Rom. 9:4,5,7; Heb. 11:17-19) Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac.

                 Isaac’s birth establishes an everlasting covenant with his descendants. In Gen. 21:12, God confirms that Isaac will take priority over Ishmael even though Ishmael is older. The importance of this is explained in Rom. 9:7 and Heb. 11:18. Though many Jews have failed to believe this, God’s promise to them has not failed.  It was never true that all of the physical children of Abraham would be part of the people of God. Gen. 21:12 teaches that the line of promise is traced through Isaac, not Ishmael. Hebrews 11:17-18 again confirms God’s promise of covenant through Isaac. “Only son” (Heb. 11:17) designates Isaac as Abraham’s unique son.  Though Abraham had other children, Isaac was the son who was “one of a kind”, in the sense of being Abraham’s only heir and the only bearer of covenant promises.  In the words, “raise him from the dead” (Heb. 11:19), Abraham expressed confidence that he would return with Isaac.  Hebrews draws an analogy between resurrection and Isaac being spared.  Isn’t this amazing? As we go through life, God gives us foretellings and fulfillments about ourselves and those around us.  I’m guessing most of the time we don’t see the foretelling, but the closer we draw to God, the better our vision gets!  Selah 

Dec. 7 – (Foretelling - Num. 24:17,19; Fulfillment - Matt. 1:2; Rom. 9:9-10) Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob.

                As you read these verses you will see further evidence that God’s covenant would continue through Jacob.  It also reiterates God’s promise (Gen. 18:10,14) was not given to Hagar (Gen.16:11-12), but specifically to Sarah and her offspring.  The birth of Esau and Jacob and following events show again that God chose who would be included in Jesus’ genealogy.  What has God chosen you for?  He has put you in a family and community at this time and place in history.  You have a specific purpose.  God chose you and loves you so very much. If you have never done this, ask God to reveal to you just what that specific purpose is and then thank Him…for what He is doing through you and for you! 

Dec. 8 – (Foretelling - Gen. 49:10; Ps. 78:67,68; Fulfillment - Luke 3:33; Heb. 7:14) Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah.

                Gen. 49:10 is part of Jacob’s blessing on each of his sons, specifically Judah. As with the other blessings, Jacob sees the descendants of Judah in the light of Judah’s own personal qualities.  The nations will bring “tribute” (money or other gifts) and pledge their obedience to one of his descendants.  Jacob thus predicts the great empire of David, and the greater kingdom of Jesus Christ, the second David. Abraham’s blessing will come to the Gentiles as Christ includes them in his kingdom.  To emphasize Judah’s future royal status, he is compared to a lion, and one of his descendants will hold a scepter and a ruler’s staff. The royal line of Judah culminates with Jesus Christ.  I thought Heb. 7:14 was very interesting.  This confirms again that Jesus came from the tribe of Judah rather than the priestly tribe of Levi.  Yet he qualifies as the eternal high priest because he is the Davidic Messiah, called both Lord and a priest after the messianic priestly order of Melchizedek (Ps. 110:1,4).

                DID YOU KNOW?  Shiloh has ever been taken to be a name of the Messiah (who knew? 😊). It means “peace” or “one sent”.  As the messiah, or Sent One, Jesus came before Judah lost its tribal identity.  Since He came, our Shiloh has had the obedience of countless people as the prophetic Word said He would (Gen.  49:10; ESV version says “… until tribute comes…”, while NKJ version says “…until Shiloh comes…”). 

Dec. 9 – (Foretelling – Isa. 11:1,2; Fulfillment – Luke 3:33) Messiah would descend from King David

                We see many foretellings and fulfillments that Jesus would descend from King David.  In fact, David has the most.  I will only site a few.  God chose Jesse (David’s father) from whom Jesus would descend.  It amazes me that of the thousands of families in the tribe of Judah that an unknown family would become royalty.  Do you feel like a nobody?  An unknown? God chose you!

                Isaiah 11:1 says a Rod (ESV says a shoot) will come from the stem of Jesse.  When I read the word “rod” in the Bible, I always think of a correcting stick for sheep. Here it may mean a twig or shoot that comes up from the roots of a cut down tree.  Now that brings a whole new meaning to this foretelling!

                (Foretelling -2 Sam.7:12-13; Ps. 132:11; Isa. 9:7; Luke 1:32-33, Rom. 1:3) Messiah would be heir to King David’s throne.

Now it is your turn to dig out what God wants to reveal to you specifically in these verses! God speaks specifics to each of us as we study His Word!  Let’s hear Him and apply! 

Dec. 10 – (Foretelling - Matt. 1:16; Luke 3:23; Num. 36:8; Isa. 9:6; 11:1; Matt. 1:20; Luke 2:4; Luke 1:32) Messiah would descend from Joseph.

                My, have I learned a lot from these verses!  I won’t explain it all but did you know that Mary and Joseph were cousins? Also, that according to the law he would marry her? All through the OT, characters are linked together by the word begat (to imply natural generation) but it is not applied with Jesus.  There is sooo much more but I want to end with this statement:  When Christ came to earth, He had two Josephs to care for Him – one when He was born, the other when He died.  The first Joseph was poor, the second rich.  Who was the first “Joseph” in your life? Were you adopted?  Do you have half or step brothers or sisters? God even included this into all that Jesus experienced.  Pastor Torry did an anointed teaching on adoption after celebrating one first hand with our niece and her husband.  It really is worth listening to. You can access it on Christian Assembly web site from Oct. 7, 2018.    SELAH