“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder; And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
Several hundred years before it happens, Isaiah the prophet is announcing Jesus’ birth. In verses one and two, we see even more prophecy of Jesus the Messiah that is quoted in Matthew 4:13-15 where the people would eventually experience joy because of the promise that was made to king David.
In this chapter, Isaiah is pronouncing the judgement of the Northern tribe of Israel because they were going to be judged first. Even though Isaiah’s ministry was to the Southern tribe of Judah, he was pointing the people to look at Israel as a warning because if they did not repent, the same thing would happen to them. Because of the Davidic covenant however, God would make a way for redemption.
Israel was being led astray by false teachers and power hungry leaders and as a result, they would not listen to God’s Word. It was the “Me” generation of the time. While God’s Word called for obedience and submission to Him, to love others and esteem others as higher than self, they were money and power hungry. It was all about self. Even though things seemed to be going well economically, they were spiritually dead towards God and judgment was coming.
God is patient and He is still trying to speak to His people and warn but we have become a callous nation and people. Our hearts are hard and we will not submit. Why do you think it is so hard to get people into church? For the majority, fellowship and the worship and teaching of God is the last thing on their minds Sunday morning’s.
Judgment is coming again, just read Revelation. Without Jesus, eternity will be torture. Isaiah 10:3 has some very important questions you should read and ask yourself before it is too late.
“If God cannot bring us to repentance through His Word, then He must lift His hand and chasten us. If we do not submit to His chastening, then He must stretch out His hand and judge us.” – Wiersbe