Friday 14 September 2018
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and for ever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
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 –
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
In that day you will say:
‘I will praise you, Lord.
Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away
and you have comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defence;
he has become my salvation.’
Although much of the first part of Isaiah is about God’s judgement on Judah and the surrounding nations, this is interspersed with glimpses of the hope of a coming king.
In chapter 7 there is a dual prophecy. The promised son refers to a baby born at that particular time in the history of Judah, but it also refers to Jesus. Immanuel means ‘God is with us.’
Jesus was descended from David, the son of Jesse. The kingdom that Jesus announced was a fulfilment of the promises to David.
There is so much more in Isaiah chapters 7 to 12. Have a look for yourself and see if you can see any of the following:
Predictions of Jesus’ first coming, forgiveness of sins, salvation, taking good news to the nations of the world, Jesus’ second coming…
Thomas Halley (Sawyers Church Leadership Team)