Season of Waiting

Outline of the Season of Waiting

Introduction to waiting

Experience the Old Testament waiting – Advent- 2nd coming too.
Call to repentance

Adam and Eve failed and offered excuses

Word made flesh – Word of the Lord: magnitude and miracle

God’s Word: living, creative, life giving, powerful; it continues to give life and shows power
Continuing heritage of Jesus reveals God’s plan

Decision to be made:  personal choice vs. root

Heritage is important but each must decide to follow Christ; “weak” heritage increases “fallen away” 
Each person freewill and opportunity
Dreams, signs, wonders

Kingdom breaking in

Preparation

Salvation plan continues

God’s personal plan for you

References and Resources Please note that CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2nd Edition,©1994, 1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [see link]

New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]

Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission.   All rights reserved.    

Psalm 13. How long, O Lord?

Psalm 89.  How long, O Lord?

The Babylonian exile of the Jews lasted between 48 to 70 years.  Last kings of Judah killed or exiled  606-586 BC; Jewish people exiled 586 BC; King Cyrus allowed return to Jerusalem in 538 BC.

Isaiah 11: 2 Wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, fear of the Lord

Gifts of the Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-10; 28-31; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:11-12; Acts 2:2-4; 17-18

Romans 15. Scripture written previously for encouragement to endurance; hope; Christ ministers to Jews to show God’s truthfulness & confirm promises to the patriarchs

Isaiah 45: 8    “Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above,   like gentle rain let the skies drop it down.  Let the earth open and salvation bud forth; let justice also spring up!  I, the LORD, have created this.” NAB

Isaiah 7:14 when he said the virgin shall be with child

Isaiah 11:6 image of the leopard lying down with the lamb

Matthew 3 ““At that time, Judea and Jerusalem, all Judea and all the whole region around the Jordon were going out to Him and were being baptized by Him in the Jordon River as they acknowledged their sins.” 

Matthew 3:7-10 “You brood of vipers. Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” he told them, “Produce good fruit and do not presume to say, ‘We have Abraham as our Father.’” The axe is laid to the root of the trees.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Luke 3:10-14  “What do we do?”

2 Corinthians 12: 8 Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; 9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” RSV

Isaiah 2: Word  will go forth from Jerusalem

Luke 2:37 “For nothing will be impossible for God”

Matthew 17:20 “Nothing will be impossible for you”

Matthew 1:17  “The total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations, from the Babylonian exile to the Christ, fourteen generations.”

Luke 1. “1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, 2 just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed.” RSV

Romans 13:11-14 Throw off the works of darkness.

Matthew 2:19-23 My son shall be called a Nazorean.

Ephesians 1:3-6,11-12  Salvation plan set before the foundation of the world continues with purpose. 

Matthew 11:11 John the Baptist is great but the least in the kingdom of heaven greater than he

Apostles Creed.  Judging the living and the dead. See CCC 668-682

Romans 1:1-7 we are “called to belong to Jesus Christ” we are “called to be holy.”

Romans 15: welcome one another as Christ welcomed you”

Luke 6: 27-38  turn the other cheek, to pray for those who mistreat us; to judge not

James 5:7-10  Before James mentions the complaining, he calls us to make our hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.

Gifts of the Spirit promised in the New Testament in Acts, Romans, Ephesians and 1 Corinthians. 

Isaiah 2:3 ‘They shall climb the Lord’s mountain to the house of the God of Jacob that he may instruct us in His ways and we will walk in his paths.’