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-The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.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.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.Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.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.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.
- Go back and skim over the passage noticing how many times God is said to be the initiator of goodness towards people.
- Of all of the good things God is said to bring to people (no more gloom, light, joy, a just ruler, etc) what one captures your heart the most? Why?
- God’s promise of the coming king was given to Isaiah approximately 700 years before it was fulfilled. What does this time gap tell you about God?
- While our world is not yet the way God wants it to be, how would it be different if God would not have sent Jesus when he did?
“Father, thank you for making the first move and sending Jesus to begin the restoration process of your cherished creation! Help me today to rest in your promises even when they appear to be slow in coming about. I want to trust you today with my entire life. Amen.”