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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!

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Sunday rest and reflection: Immanuel

Greetings!  God bless your day of rest!  God is with us and we are safe and secure in His amazing love!

As we have read through the books of Solomon and now are beginning Isaiah, there are many topics that we could reflect on.  We could reflect on the life of Solomon who began so well.  He was visited by the Lord and was told that he could ask the Lord for anything.  Solomon wisely chose to ask for wisdom to govern the people of God.  God gave him wisdom and riches and honor as well.  (1st Kings 3:5-12)  He had this wisdom and wrote it down for us in the book of Proverbs.  He later violated the Word of God and took many wives from many lands.  These women corrupted him and led him into idolatry.  The book of Ecclesiastes is written later in his life and is a depressing account of his quest to find meaning in life under the sun!  The Song of Songs was probably written early in his life when he was close to God.

Even wise men go astray and God knew that man needed something more than a temple and animal sacrifices.  Just seeing God in a vision or having a Word from Him failed to prevent a man’s downfall.  Isaiah was given the task of telling God’s backslidden people, these descendants of David and Solomon, about God’s plan.  About 700 years before Christ, Isaiah spoke a word from the Lord which was written down for us.  “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”  (Isaiah 7:14)  (Matthew 1:20-23) Matthew quoted this verse in his recounting of the birth of Jesus Christ, saying that Jesus’ birth was a fulfillment of what the Lord had spoken through the prophet Isaiah!

Mankind experienced “God with us” in the physical person of Jesus Christ for 33 years.  He lived among His people, the Jews.  They saw Him and heard His authoritative teaching and experienced His miraculous works.  His bigger goal was to have each of His followers throughout history to be indwelled with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit would be “God with us” to each individual as well as to His people when they gathered together in His name.  For nearly 2000 years this special empowerment has been available to believers everywhere who have asked for it.  ‘God with us’ is the mark of the New Testament Christian.  ‘God with us’ keeps us fresh and moving towards the goal of seeing the Lord.  We are so blessed to live in the wonderful dispensation of “Immanuel”!

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