The Old Testament texts for Advent are ones worthy of our reading and reflecting. While clear knowledge about the historical, social and literary contexts of each of these biblical texts will enhance our understandings we can gain a great deal by merely paying attention to the words and using our creative imaginations. Remember the famous Einstein quote to the effect that “imagination is more important than knowledge.”
As you read these texts think about some of these theological themes.
- The reality of human despair
- The promise of transformation
- Understanding God’s judgment and justice
- The need for each of us to purify ourselves
- The meaning of God’s presence with us
- God’s protection of the poor and oppressed
- Anticipation of making room for the new
This is just a sample of the themes voiced in these biblical texts. Think about what you would add to this list. Ask a friend or loved one what they think.
Is it any wonder that the New Testament writers as well as we contemporaries return to these words in the anticipation of this infant that has come for each of us. Christ’s coming is indeed for all people. But we need to remember that he comes to each of us….to you and you and you…..