Bible Saints for the Month of December

The month of December, like the month of July, has an unusually large number of Saints from Scripture honored.  If you are looking for something special to do this Advent/Christmas season, consider spending a little extra time with the Bible through these holy individuals ...

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December 1: Saint Nahum

Nahum's writing gave comfort (coincidentally, the name Nahum means "comforter") to the people of Judah who at the time were feeling very uncomfortable threats from neighboring Assyria.

The LORD is good, a refuge on the day of distress;
He takes care of those who have recourse to him.  
- Nahum 1:7

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December 2: Saint Habakkuk

 
The early part of Habakkuk's writings show a dissatisfied man.  Habakkuk was frustrated over evil people who seemed to thrive.  Later on in his writings, he switched gears and praised the power of God.

But the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the
LORD's glory as water covers the sea.
- Habakkuk 2:14


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December 3: Saint Zephaniah


 St. Zephaniah was somewhat of a scolding prophet.  He strongly pressed his countrymen to do a better job of living lives of piety.  He did, however, give praise to those who already lived in justice and humility. 

Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth,
who have observed his law;
Seek justice, seek humility.
- Zephaniah 2:3a


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December 16: Saint Haggai

St. Haggai successfully encouraged the Jewish people to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem after their return from the Babylonian Exile.
This says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways!
Go up into the hill country; bring timber, and build the house
That I may take pleasure in it and receive my glory,
says the LORD.
- Haggai 1:7-8

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December 18: Saint Malachi


The word/name Malachi means "My Messenger," and this prophet's book is the last in the Old Testament.  St. Malachi encouraged the Jewish people to live lives of genuine spirituality and predicted a "messenger" would come to the Jewish people ... that "messenger" is believed to have been John the Baptist.
Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the Temple
the LORD whom you seek.
- Malachi 3:1a

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December 21: Saint Micah


St. Micah's prophesying overlapped with St. Isaiah's.  St. Micah pressed the people of Samaria (the capital of Israel) and Jerusalem (the capital of Judah) to live lives of fairness and justice.  He also predicted a a new Israel to arise one day and for a ruler to come from Bethlehem.

He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock ...
he shall be peace.

- Micah 5:3a, 4a



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December 25 - The Birth of Christ

For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
- Luke 2:11

 

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December 26: Saint Stephen


 St. Stephen is also known as St. Stephen the Deacon.  Sometimes his feast day goes unnoticed because it is the day after Christmas (The Second Day of Christmas).  St. Stephen was one of the first seven deacons and an extraordinary evangelist.  He was stoned to death for defending Christianity before the Sanhedrin.

As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,
"Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
- Acts 7:59
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December 27: Saint John the Evangelist

 

St. John the Evangelist is sometimes called St. John the Apostle and holds the "Third Day of Christmas" as his feast day.  He was a fisherman, the brother of St. James the Greater, and one of the first four apostles to be called.  St. John the Evangelist wrote the 4th Gospel, and possibly the three Epistles attributed to his name and the Book of Revelation.
Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority
over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness. 
The names of the twelve apostles are these:
 ... James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother, John ...
- Matthew 10:1-2

 

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December 28: The Holy Innocents


"The Fourth Day of Christmas" honors The Holy Innocents.  These baby boys are considered by some to be the first martyrs of Christianity, for they were killed by order of King Herod the Great who feared what the Wise Men had told him about the newborn king of the Jews.  These very innocent little guys, although they didn't realize it, died for/in place of Christ.
He (King Herod the Great) ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
- Matthew 2:16b


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December 29: Saint David


Saint David - honored on the "Fifth Day of Christmas" - is a very prominent figure in 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and the early part of 1 Kings.  He is also credited with having written many of the Psalms.  His story is complicated ... it has much joy, sadness, sorrow, and praise for God. 
Then David, girt with a linen apron,
came dancing before the LORD with abandon,
as he and all the Israelites were bringing up the ark of the LORD
with shouts of joy and to the sound of the horn.
- 2 Samuel 6:14-15

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