"Give Thanks To Jehovah, For He is Good"
Psalm 106:1
2015 year text

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"For there has been a child born to us,

there has been a son given to us; and the princely rule will come to be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. To the abundance of the princely rule and to peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom in order to establish it firmly and to sustain it by means of justice and by means of righteousness, from now on and to time indefinite. The very zeal of Jehovah of armies will do this."
-Isaiah 9:6, 7

Yes, Isaiah the prophet, inspired by God, foretold details about the "promised seed" that would free mankind from sin and death and rule over the earth. (Genesis 3:15) Isaiah explains this promised son would become a capable ruler.

"And there must go forth a twig out of the stump of Jesse; and out of his roots a sprout will be fruitful. And upon him the spirit of Jehovah must settle down, the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and of mightiness, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah; and there will be enjoyment by him in the fear of Jehovah." -Isaiah 11:1-3a

The foretold Messiah would become a righteous and merciful Judge.

"And he will not judge by any mere appearance to his eyes, nor reprove simply according to the thing heard by his ears. And with righteousness he must judge the lowly ones, and with uprightness he must give reproof in behalf of the meek ones of the earth. And he must strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the spirit of his lips he will put the wicked one to death. And righteousness must prove to be the belt of his hips, and faithfulness the belt of his loins." -Isaiah 11:3b -5

Under the Messiah's rule there would be changed conditions on the earth.

"And the wolf will actually reside for a while with the male lamb, and with the kid the leopard itself will lie down, and the calf and the maned young lion and the well-fed animal all together; and a mere little boy will be leader over them. And the cow and the bear themselves will feed; together their young ones will lie down. And even the lion will eat straw just like the bull. And the sucking child will certainly play upon the hole of the cobra; and upon the light aperture of a poisonous snake will a weaned child actually put his own hand. They will not do any harm or cause any ruin in all my holy mountain; because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah as the waters are covering the very sea."
-Isaiah 11:6-9

Jesus Christ has been raised up a clear signal, a rallying point, for spiritual Israel and for people out of all nations who long for righteous government.

"And it must occur in that day that there will be the root of Jesse that will be standing up as a signal for the peoples. To him even the nations will turn inquiringly, and his resting place must become glorious." -Isaiah 11:10

Under the Messiah's direction the good news of the kingdom has been carried to all the nations, as Jesus foretold. (Compare: Matthew 24:14 and Mark 13:10) May we continue to learn about our Heavenly Father and of his son, Christ Jesus so as to imitate their ways, walking in accord with God's will.

"He has told you, O earthling man, what is good. And what is Jehovah asking back from you but to exercise justice and to love kindness and to be modest in walking with your God?" -Micah 6:8
"In fact, to this course you were called, because even Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely." -1 Peter 2:21

May we never forget the purpose of this "child born to us " how he has grown up, left us an example, laid down his perfect human life, was resurrected to heaven, where He has now in these "last days" been given the throne of David and reigns as the anointed King of God's kingdom. Soon, the King will destroy all wickedness on earth, then those left over will enjoy the promised changes, including peace, real peace on earth, among men of good will.


Pedaling said...

Many times it is the story of Christ's birth that is a child's first learned bible story.

sandyseashells said...

'Let there be Peace on earth.'

The Vineyard said...

What Sheila said is so true.

Prophecies continue to be fulfilled.

The Kingdom, indeed, is going forward.