July 30, 2007
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- Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
- The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
- Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
- For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
- For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
- For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
- Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
- The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
- And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
- The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
- Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;
- The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
- For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
- Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
- The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
- For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
- Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
- For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.
- Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.
- And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm:
- Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
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- Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;
- To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!
- And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?
- Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
- O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
- I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
- Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.
- For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings?
- Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?
- As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;
- Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?
- Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
- For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:
- And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.
- Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.
- Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.
- And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;
- And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth.
- And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.
- And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
- The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
- For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
- For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.
- Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.
- For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.
- And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
- And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
- He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he hath laid up his carriages:
- They are gone over the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled.
- Lift up thy voice, O daughter of Gallim: cause it to be heard unto Laish, O poor Anathoth.
- Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.
- As yet shall he remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
- Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.
- And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.
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- And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
- And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
- And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
- But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
- And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
- The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
- And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
- And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
- They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
- And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
- And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
- And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
- The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
- But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
- And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry-shod.
- And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
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- And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
- Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
- Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
- And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
- Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
- Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
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The book of Isaiah is primarily a book of prophecy. Sometimes when prophecies are read there can be confusion because of the references to events that are going to take place in future. There are, however, some prophecies made in today's passage that are very clear concerning the coming of Messiah and the character of the Millennial kingdom that He will someday establish. The first verses are found in Isaiah 9:6-7, which state,
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."
In verse 2 the prophet mentioned that the people in darkness would see a great light, and in these verses he explains Who that light is. That He is the Messiah is revealed through the references to His government. He carries authority ("on His shoulder"), His kingdom will continually increase and be at peace, it will be based upon a correct form of justice, and it will be rooted in the kingly line and authority of David. However, this passage indicates that there is more to the Messiah than just His political authority. First of all, at the end of these verses, we see that Jehovah Himself is going to see to it that these events take place. But the greatest evidence of Messiah's uniqueness is found in verse 6. We see several aspects about Him there. First we see His humanity, for He is born as a child. Secondly, we see that He is a gift from God, for He is "given" to Israel and the world. The expressions "unto us" indicates that He was not given just to His mother, but to and for all mankind. Third, His names reveal His deity. He is Wonderful,: more amazing and awesome than anyone else who has ever been on planet Earth. He is Counselor: the One Who has all the answers to all the problems of mankind, and is willing to impart them to those who call upon Him. He is the Mighty God: possessing all the attributes of Jehovah because He is One with Him. He is 100% divine, God of very God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He is the Everlasting Father: He has neither beginning nor ending of days, for He has been in existence since before the beginning, for "without Him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3). He is united with the Father through the uniqueness of the Trinity so that while He possesses His distinct Person, He is yet One God with the Father and Holy Spirit. He is the Prince of Peace: the One through Whom we can have peace with God (Rom. 5:1), and Who enables us to have the peace of God (Phil. 4:7). He is the God man - Creator, Ruler, Counselor, and Savior.
Chapter 11 continues with a discussion of the nature of Christ's kingdom on earth. Our wonderful God will rule over a wonderful earth. Verse 1 again mentions that Messiah will come through the line of Jesse, following in the footsteps of David. He will have the power of God upon Him, possessing divine wisdom and power (2). All His decisions will be made correctly, based upon His infinite understanding of both the situation and the Scriptures (3-4). His actions will be rooted in righteousness and faithfulness to His Father, His Word, and His people (5). The curse on nature will be removed so that enemies within the animal kingdom will lie down together (6-7), and children will have no fear of poisonous creatures (8). It will be a day of glorious rest (10), and a time of salvation, joy, and the visible presence of the Lord (11:2, 3, 6). The kingdom of Christ on earth will be a tremendous time, and I'm thankful that the Messiah came to earth the first time and died on the cross to save me so that I can be a part of it. I'm looking forward to that day, aren't you?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery