Saturday, December 10, 2016

Not too Late for Advent Studies *Review

Names for the Messiah
An Advent Study

Walter Brueggemann's book is a great read for the Advent Season. It is divided into four weeks, but you could easily begin now and either do two per week, or have it go into the new year. There isn't anything exciting in January anyhow!

Mr. Brueggemann takes Isaiah 9:6;
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

And uses each of the four names of God and goes in depth with each. There are prayers and questions for reflection at the back of the book and room to write notes. This study is great to do on your own, or even with a small group.

Did Jesus fulfill these prophesies foretold in the Old Testament of Isaiah? What were the expectations of Jesus based on these? These are questions that Mr. Brueggemann helps you unveil as you read each week's reading. It is not broken down into specific days, but has the entire week as one reading. Each week is approximately 15-20 pages, so very easy to fit into your day.

I really enjoyed getting to know more clearly the connection from this verse in Isaiah, and the fulfillment of Jesus to these prophesies. It helped make the true meaning of Christmas come alive again for me.

You can purchase this book at Westminster John Knox Press

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