Reading Isaiah 9:1-7
What stuck out to you in reading these verses today?
Did the verses raise any questions as you read?
What is God leading you to know or do from these verses?
There was great turmoil at the time when Isaiah wrote this chapter. The nation of Israel was divided and their leader was not following God. There seemed to be no hope. In that hopeless and dark situation God brought light and hope through prophecy about a different time that would be coming.
In this coming time light and joy would reign, rather than darkness and sorrow. Just as God, at that time, delivered his people from other nations that oppressed them, in a later time God would redeem his people from spiritual oppression.
God’s coming redemption of his people from oppression would come from – a child?! This child would far exceed any that came before him. He would be powerful and caring. The length of his reign would be forever! This will be accomplished by the great desire, passion and zeal of the Lord, for his glory, shown through the salvation of his people.
As we prepare to celebrate again the birth of Jesus in little more than a week, reflect on this great promise that God accomplished through his Son, and will complete when we reign with him forever in the new heavens and earth!