Thursday 7th December 2017
Isaiah’s Message not only confronts the sin in his won life and in the nation of Isreal but it also brings hope.
Isaiah says that out of such wretchedness a shoot shall appear and a branch will grow from the stock of Jesse (The line of King David)
Isaiah 11 v 1 – 2
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
In other words a ray of light pierces the darkness. There is hope in the words of Isaiah that come from the mouth of God:
“A child will be born for us, a son given to us; authority will rest upon his shoulders, and he will be named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace. The Spirit of God shall rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of God. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth.”
So Isaiah sings out with joy about the generosity of mighty God who will shed His Light upon the world.
“‘Arise, shine; for your light will come, and the glory of God will rise upon you.’ For though darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness the people, the light of the glory of God will rise up, and God’s glory will appear. Nations will come to this light, and kings – yes, the kings and rulers of the world – will come to the brightness of this new dawn. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praises of God. Where forests were destroyed, the glory of Lebanon shall come – the cypress, the plane and the pine – to beautify the place of God’s dwelling. God’s peace will oversee the world: the Prince of Peace, the one whose coming will be light and joy. And violence shall be no more, nor devastation or destruction.”
This child will be called “Emmanuel” which means, “God is with us” – Isaiah doesn’t know what all this means. He can see it yet he can’t see it. Somehow, somewhere, God is going to do this.
So trapped and burdened by the darkness of the present age, Isaiah recounts what God will do. He unknowingly looks to the hope that will come through Christ.
That hope is for us today – we find freedom from sin through Christ dying for us on the cross. Death has been conquered through the resurrection of Christ. This is our blessed hope.
Have a great day!
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church