Portraits of Jesus!
Scripture reading for July 19th: Isaiah 9-12
Isaiah lived over 700 years before the coming of Jesus Christ. He was an ordinary man who was by grace chosen to see the Lord in a glorious vision. He humbled himself and responded to God’s call to go. God used him to give prophetic pictures of His Son, Jesus Christ. These pictures encourage us today and inspire faith and trust!
After speaking of a virgin giving birth to a son who would be called “Immanuel”, Isaiah continued to write about this coming one. (Isaiah 7:14) He told that the nation would go into captivity but that God would bring back a remnant. The people were caught up in conspiracy theories and were tormented by fears. Isaiah warned them that the Lord was the only one to fear! (Isaiah 8:12-14) The Lord himself would be a stumbling stone the nation. Seven hundred years later, Jesus was that stumbling stone to the nation of Israel.
The coming child who would be born would honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by way of the sea, along the Jordan River. He would show God’s light to those living in darkness. (Isaiah 9:1-2) He would carry the government on his shoulders. This child’s names signified that He would be special. He would be called “Wonderful Counselor”, “Mighty God”, “Everlasting Father”, “Prince of Peace”! He would also reign on David’s throne, establishing it in justice and righteousness. (Isaiah 9:6-7) These scriptures all spoke of Jesus Christ who lived and ministered in Galilee. He did great miracles, bringing light to the Gentiles.
Isaiah saw a shoot coming from the stump of Jesse, father of David, that would become a Branch that would bear fruit. God would place His Spirit on this Branch. It would be a Spirit of wisdom and understanding, a Spirit of counsel and power, and a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-3) He would delight in the fear of the Lord! Jesus Christ fits this description perfectly! He was wisdom and knowledge personified! He had wise counsel and power to heal, save and deliver! He knew all things and taught with authority! He delighted in the fear of the Lord! Only God could have revealed these visions to Isaiah!