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Sunday, November 20, 2011

11/21/11 Isaiah 9 Titles of the Messiah

1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 6 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.

(Adoration of the Shepherds- Dutch- Peter Grebber d. 1652)

Thoughts: God humbles and exalts.  He humbled Galilee in the time of the Assyrian invasion, but He exalted it by causing the Messiah to be from there. Jesus is the Peace Child whose birth brings guidance (wonderful counselor), power (Mighty God), eternal care (Everlasting Father), and peace (Prince of Peace).  A new prince of Israel who will reign with great ability comes.  For Christians, this is easily identified as Jesus who is a descendant of David, and is King of kings.

Prayer: May I find you to be my guid, my strength, father, my peace.

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