An Old Testament Advent Reading Plan

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Recently, I finished reading Jerram Barrs’ latest book, Delighting In The Law of The Lord: God’s Alternative to Legalism and Moralism. It was my own purchase, so I doubt I’ll do any kind of formal review (you can read an excerpt here though and decide if its something you want to explore further). I would recommend it, especially to gospel-centered folks who want to know how the law fits into all of that. Barrs is a good writer and though this book seems kind of like a collection of thoughts more than an extended defense of a central thesis, he summarizes his previous chapters at the beginning of each new one so that there is some continuity.

In discussing Jesus’ role in fulfilling the law, Barrs included a sidebar with a list of advent readings. Given the time of year, I thought I’d share the plan and you’ve got another option for advent devotionals leading up to Christmas. I’ve listed the date, the Scripture passage, and then the title that Barrs gives that particular reading. You could use this plan as a stand alone, or maybe even better given its Old Testament focus, in tandem with the advent devotional from Desiring God, Good News of Great Joy.

  • Dec. 1 – Genesis 3:1-20 – “Seed of Eve”
  • Dec. 2 – Genesis 22:1-18 – “Only Beloved Son and Sacrifice”
  • Dec. 3 – Genesis 48:15-16; 49:8-10 – “Lion of Judah”
  • Dec. 4 – Numbers 23:18-24; 24:3-9, 15-19 – “Star of Jacob”
  • Dec. 5 – Deuteronomy 18:14-22 – “Prophet Like Moses”
  • Dec. 6 – 2 Samuel 7:1-17 – “Son of David”
  • Dec. 7 – Psalm 2 – “Messiah: Son of God and King”
  • Dec. 8 – Job 19:23-27; Psalm 16 – “Holy One and Resurrected Redeemer”
  • Dec. 9 – Psalm 22 – “The One Forsaken by God”
  • Dec. 10 – Psalm 72 – “Royal Son and Deliverer of The Afflicted”
  • Dec. 11 – Psalm 110 – “Priest and Lord at God’s Right Hand”
  • Dec. 12 – Isaiah 7:14; 9:1-7 – “Immanuel, Mighty God, and Prince of Peace”
  • Dec. 13 – Isaiah 11:1-10 – “Branch from Jesse’s Roots”
  • Dec. 14 – Isaiah 42:1-10 – “Covenant and Light of the Nations”
  • Dec. 15 – Isaiah 49:1-7; 50:4-11 – “Servant of Kings, Sustainer of the Weary”
  • Dec. 16 – Isaiah 52:13-53:12 – “Suffering Servant and Lamb of God”
  • Dec. 17 – Jeremiah 23:1-6; 33:14-18 – “Righteous Branch”
  • Dec. 18 – Ezekiel 34:1-31 – “The Good Shepherd”
  • Dec. 19 – Daniel 7:9-14; Micah 5:2-5a – “The Son of Man and Ruler from Bethlehem”
  • Dec. 20 – Zechariah 9:9-10; 12:10-13:1 – “King on a Donkey and Pierced Firstborn”
  • Dec. 21 – Malachi 3:1-4; 4:1-6 – “Covenant Messenger and Righteous Sun”
  • Dec. 22 – Luke 1:5-38 – “Son of the Most High”
  • Dec. 23 – Luke 1:39-80 – “The Tender Mercy of God”
  • Dec. 24 – Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-14 – “Savior from Sin and Word Made Flesh”
  • Dec. 25 – Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:1-20 – “The Birth of Jesus”

Author: Nate

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