Delivery on Time • Anointed One
Noble Baird | Community Center Director
All throughout middle school and high school, one of my favorite subjects was math. I just always loved solving different problems, trying to find points on a graph, and of course being able to use the massive TI calculator! No matter how much I did enjoy math class, I did not always solve the problem correctly. There would be times where I thought I rocked a test, only to find out that because I had divided or subtracted one number incorrectly, I got the whole equation wrong. Needless to say, I soon figured out that although I enjoyed math class, it was not the career for me to pursue!
As we take a look at God’s Word, we find math spread throughout it. From Genesis chapter 1 through Revelation chapter 22, God is always using math to speak to us. One of the most fascinating and honestly more difficult equations for me to follow along with is found in Daniel 9:24-27. Here, we have the prophet Daniel writing about the coming of Christ. Starting in verse 24 he writes, “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing.” So, what we have is an amazing equation from Daniel, predicting Christ’s coming and His death on the cross. Daniel writes about the “anointed one” or in other words the Messiah, who we know as Jesus.
Daniel gave this prophecy over 700 years before the birth of Christ. However, following along the timeline after the destruction of Jerusalem and the rule of the Persian emperor Artaxerxes, Daniel gives us the exact years leading to Christ’s death on the cross. One of the things I love about this passage is that this is the only time in the Old Testament that Christ is referred to as the “anointed one.” Thousands of years ago, Daniel knew about the Easter season we would celebrate. He knew that the Anointed One was going to come and mend that broken relationship between a fallen world and a just God. So, as you continue in your week, remember the Anointed One whom Daniel prophesied about will return.