THE NEWBORN KING: STAR

A contemplative reading for Advent 2020.

I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth.

NUMBERS 24:17 ESV

Image by Brandon Inman

When an enemy of Israel tries to call down curses, their prophet cannot do anything but proclaim blessings. The curses backfire, predicting a distant Israelite king that will bring about the downfall of the enemy nation.

READ & RECITE

Read the full story in Numbers 24

Read Numbers 24:17 a second time, but aloud and slowly, allowing each word to sink in.


OBSERVE

Take a few moments and pay special attention to the key passage and accompanying image.

  • What meaningful, or perhaps new, conclusions do you draw from the passage based on the image?

CONNECT

Look up the related passages provided and read each one. Notice and write down the words, phrases or ideas that connect to today's image and key verse.


MICAH 6:5MATTHEW 2:2REVELATION 22:16


REFLECT

What new questions did this study bring up for you?

How does today’s reading resonate with your life? Your relationship with Jesus?

This study is based on "Star", a card from Behold: The Newborn King. Learn more about Behold Trading Cards, start collecting and dive deeper through word studies and verse mapping on each card. Now available at fishcoin.press/behold


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