I think we can all relate to anticipation in our lives. Maybe it’s the job you interviewed for, that last month of pregnancy or just the ten to fifteen minutes between ordering your food and its arrival. No matter the situation, we are a people who feel anticipation deeply. This realization makes me think more about the nation of Israel. They had been given a promise of a Messiah. That promise was so grand and amazing that it changed everything for them. But then they waited. And waited. More of the promise but none of the fulfillment. I wonder what that must have been like. Waiting.
This week we get to be them. Looking at God’s word in anticipation of the King’s coming. Let’s wait with them. Let us attempt to feel their angst and longing so vividly that we can almost hear them say “Lord, when will you come and rescue us”? Because after all, isn’t that what we’re waiting for as well.
Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulﬁll the
promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those
days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for
David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those
days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this
Is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.