January 11, 2019
Day 13: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Key Verses for Today: Isaiah 9:6-7
Isaiah is a prophet. A prophet is not someone who has supernatural knowledge of God and how He works. Isaiah, more likely than not, would have been an ordinary guy, getting up in the morning, brewing his morning coffee, peeking in at the children, giving his wife a kiss, before heading off to work at his chosen occupation each day. Except! Isaiah was chosen by God to be a prophet. As cool as that may sound, the assignment brought certain difficulties with it.
What is a prophet? What does a prophet do? A prophet is a person through whom God chose to communicate to His people. A prophet was loved when he communicated God’s blessing upon the people. A prophet was not-so-loved when the message given expressed God’s judgement upon them. A prophet was undoubtedly a person with absolute trust in God and unimaginable courage, because it was the prophet standing alone in announcement against the entire Nation of Judah. Hundreds of thousands to one, with God being the equalizer, so to speak.
It is important for you to keep in mind as we study the prophets that they didn’t have supernatural understanding of the things which God was revealing to them. They had absolute dedication to God’s instruction: even if that meant telling the entire Nation of Judah - hundreds of thousands of people - that a their King was to be born, die, and come back to start a new nation. Although Isaiah trusted and followed, it is not likely He understood.
Key Verse for Today:
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 Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 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 forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7, NIV)
The chapters of Isaiah for today, mostly show God’s revelation to Isaiah of His displeasure with Judah for turning its back on God and accepting the sinful practices of other nations. In Chapters 7-8 God tells Isaiah that an attempt to take Jerusalem captive in 742 B.C., by Pekah, son of Remaliah King of Israel, and King Rezin of Aram would fail. They failed and Jerusalem remained part of Judah for many years after Isaiah’s passing.
Chapter 9 reveals the birth of Immanuel. Although judgment on Judah continues, hope is revealed through the coming birth of Immanuel (Jesus the Christ).
Chapter 10 reveals the coming defeat of Assyria.
Chapter 11 reveals the second coming of Jesus Christ, before He was born. Now take moment and put yourself in Isaiah’s shoes. You tell the people of Judah that they are under judgement from God. You tell the people of Judah that Assyria, your captor, will be defeated. You tell the people of Judah that their future King, Immanuel, will be born. You tell the people of Judah that after Immanuel dies, He is coming back to life to judge them and set up another Kingdom.
You are still in Isaiah’s shoes, the children are tucked in bed, your wife has laid down, and you are in your favorite chair. You are tired. Your energy has drained from your body. You lean your head back in your chair. Your mind is empty. Your are looking at the ceiling of the room as if it were a special celestial space - softly speak these words to God, “Help me understand.” Close your eyes, allow God to speak to you - don’t rush - don’t go off to sleep - what is He saying? Take out your journal and record your journey through the Book of Isaiah 7-11, for The King is Coming!