Day 1

The Branch of the Lord

from the reading plan

Exodus 4:22, Deuteronomy 7:7-9, Jeremiah 23:3-5, Isaiah 4:2, Isaiah 11:1-2, Isaiah 11:10, Isaiah 53:1-5

Start each day by reading the passages listed above. Then use the summary and reflection provided here to guide discussion around the daily reading.

The root running through the Old Testament is one of God making, calling, redeeming, and keeping a people for Himself—a physical people called to be a blessing to the world. This family tree would bring about the branch that would be the world’s salvation: Jesus who grafted us into a spiritual family.

As you start this plan, think about what the idea of family means to you. Family may look like the people you’re related to or friends who have surrounded you in close community. How do your thoughts about and experiences of family affect how you see yourself as a part of God’s family? 

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