The Future Now

The Daily Selectionary

Monday,  December 20, 2010

Today’s Readings:

Daily Office Readings: ( AM) Psalm 61, 62; (PM) Psalm 112, 115Isa. 11:1-9; Rev. 20:1-10; John 5:30-47 



Eucharistic Readings:  Psalm 24Isaiah 7:10-14; Luke 1:26-38




The Future Now

Christopher Hodges


Isaiah 7:10-14

Isaiah Gives Ahaz the Sign of Immanuel

10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. 12But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. 13Then Isaiah* said: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? 14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman* is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.*

            The Bible fascinates me, to put it simply.  The comparison between the Old and the New Testaments are intriguing.  I like how something stated in Isaiah can be paralleled to passages in the Gospels.  This is the last week in our Advent journey, as we await the coming of the birth of Jesus.  It has been three and a half weeks of intensive inner struggle as I find myself seeking how I will go about accepting the coming of the Lord in the manger this year.  How will I live my life in accordance with the teachings of Christ after he is born?  This is also an exciting time.  Because every day is a new day, and every year is a new year.  As Christ is celebrated once again, this is an awesome opportunity to think of our new birth, and we are born anew with him.

            The passage in Isaiah is a direct link to the foretelling that the Angel gave to Mary.  It was prophesied of the Messiah’s coming even in the Old Testament.  “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”  In the days of Old, the people were always looking for signs and wonders from God to help them figure out the state of the world, and about how their future lives would be played out.  I think they really wanted to trust God, and that he would finish what he said that he would do, but they found Him so far away.  It was difficult for them, as it still is for us today, to stay focused. 

            I can think of no better sign that God gave than the sign of his coming on Earth in the form of a baby, so that he could later walk among the people, and give them all a glimpse of the Eternal Kingdom.  There would be more signs to come, all pointing to a fulfilled life with God.  We are about to again celebrate this first sign of his arrival this Saturday.  It is always a wondrous and mysterious time of year. 

            As we experience the rebirth within ourselves again this year, how will you take on the life of Christ in deeper ways?  What path will you take to realize and to achieve your dreams and goals in Him?  “Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel.” 


Daily Scripture readings are taken from The Revised Common Lectionary and can be read in full at  NRSV translation of the Holy Scriptures.  Please feel free to pass along this email to whomever you feel may benefit from it. – Christopher Hodges  2010   email:

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