Sitting among the synagogue assembly, Mary heard the Teaching of Moses from Deuteronomy 18, in which Moses promises the people of Israel, “The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet.”
Those words caught Mary’s attention, and when the time came for conversation, she asked, “What does it mean that one like Moses will appear among us?”
Her father replied, “It’s an expression of our hope that God will send us someone who will lead us to a just and right world. Over the centuries, this hope has come to center on God’s promise that a descendant of David will always rule in Israel.”
Mary said, “But the Davidic line was broken years ago. It’s been centuries since we had our own king, much less one who was a descendant of David.”
“That’s true,” replied her father, “but the prophets have taught us that the line will be restored. They say that God will again set a son of David upon the throne. For example, through the prophet Amos, God says, “I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen, and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old.” (Amos 8:11)
Jacob, a neighbor of Mary, added, “And the prophet Isaiah says that a child will be born among us, who will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time for evermore.”
Lord, keep the prophets’ hope alive among us. Amen.