Daniel 9:24: Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.
Daniel, taken from his home in Israel, serving under rulers from Babylon and Persia receives a word from the Lord through an Angel named Gabriel. In that word, he receives an apocalyptic prophecy looking at what “the end” would look like for the people of Israel. In that, there is talk of periods of weeks and wars and rulers and in the midst of the prophecy we see something unexpected when talking about “the end”. Daniel talks about an end to sin. He does so in context with an issuance of forever righteousness.
As we think about the eternal king we are yet to see, we remember one of his characteristics applied to him is righteous and his bringing about of righteousness. A righteousness that would be as eternal as the King. We also remember the talk of the eternal priest who is able to come in and out freely of the Holy Place. Putting an end to sin would allow that freedom. Even in the midst of captivity, God hasn’t forgotten. God is still planning on this. This is exciting.
We see this role is expanding as well. We know the forever king is coming to Jerusalem, often referred to as God’s holy city / mountain. Daniel says that this is vision is about God’s people and Jerusalem. They can take hope pointing to the anointing of a most holy place to come.
You inspire us to put our hopes in you as you put in motion to put sin to death. You delay your plans to work through us and we are grateful. We thank you that you will being about an everlasting righteousness. Let us see that day come!
In Jesus’ name,
Carol of the Day:
O come, O come, Emmanuel
Christmas Card day
Make Christmas Cards together. Use decorative colored paper, markers, crayons, and if you’re feeling adventurous, maybe some glitter too. Max out your creativity here. Make some for your family to mail out; make some for your friends; make some but don’t address them. After you’ve spent time creating unique cards, take the unaddressed ones to either the Senior center or the Meadows. Take them someplace that can reach out to someone who may not receive a card this Christmas.