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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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Portraits of Jesus from 700 years out!

Scripture reading for July 18th: Isaiah 9-12

Isaiah lived over 700 years before the coming of Jesus Christ.   As he lived his life, God used him to write prophetically about the virgin birth of Christ from David’s line, His mission to the Gentiles, His unending kingdom, and  the Spirit’s anointing.  Isaiah’s own name meant, “salvation of God” and is from the same root as “Jesus”!

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with a child and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)  In Matthew’s  Gospel, he quotes this verse as fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ who was truly the “Immanuel”, “God with us”!  (Matthew 1:22-23)

Isaiah himself had two sons who were given prophetic names concerning the future of the nation of Israel.   Through their names, 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!  He would be their refuge and sanctuary! (Isaiah 8:12-14)

In the future God would honor Galilee of the Gentiles.  God’s light would shine on those living in darkness there.  (Isaiah 9:1-2)   A child would be born and called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!  His government would be one of peace and from everlasting to everlasting.  He would also reign on David’s throne, establishing it in justice and righteousness.  (Isaiah 9:6-7)  God’s own zeal would accomplish this!  These scriptures all spoke of Jesus Christ who lived and ministered in Galilee.  He did great miracles and mighty works there, bringing light to Jew and Gentile!

In chapter 11, Isaiah saw a shoot coming from the stump of Jesse (King David’s father) that would become a branch that would bear fruit.    God would place His Spirit on this “Branch.”  The Spirit was of wisdom and understanding,  counsel and power, and knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.  (Isaiah 11:1-3)  The “Branch” would delight in the fear of the Lord!  Jesus Christ was the “Branch” who came from David’s offspring!   He delighted in the fear of the Lord!  At His baptism, the Spirit came down on Him and anointed Him to fulfill the Father’s mission of “salvation from God!”  These prophetic words are signs pointing us to Christ, Son of God!

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The Branch and the Spirit

Scripture reading for July 20th: Isaiah 9-12

From the remnant or stump, comes a Branch.  This branch will come from the stump of Jesse.  From the roots of this stump, the Branch will produce fruit! (Isaiah 11:1)  Sounds like a riddle, but there is great prophetic insight contained in these word pictures from Isaiah.  The Branch is none other than Jesus Christ, the son of David through Jesse.

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on the Branch and cause Him to manifest the character of His Father.  This Spirit will be a Spirit of wisdom and understanding.  The Branch will be wise and have great understanding concerning God and His will.  He will be anointed with the Spirit in order to rule justly and judge righteously.  (Isaiah 11:2-4)  The Spirit will be a Spirit of counsel and power and knowledge.  The Branch will give wise counsel and manifest the power of God to do God’s will.  He will possess knowledge and ability to share His understanding to help others.

The Spirit of the fear of the Lord will also rest on this Branch.  He will delight in the fear of the Lord!  This fear or holy respect will be evident by his total obedience to God and His will.  This Branch will judge with righteousness and give decisions for the poor of the earth.  He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth.  This means that His words will have great power to shake the earth and bring down the wicked.

This Branch will have righteousness for His belt and faithfulness for the sash around His waist.  He will bring in an era of peace on earth that will come from His righteous rule.  He will broadcast the knowledge of the Lord over all the earth.  He will stand as a banner to the peoples of the earth as well as gathering up the scattered people of Judah!  (Isaiah 11:10-12)

As we read this prophecy, we can see how Jesus fulfilled much of what is written.  He came full of God’s Spirit and was totally righteous and faithful to God.  He feared His Father God and delighted in obedience.  He has promised to come again and gather His people from Israel and the nations.  He will usher in a rule of peace for a thousand years.  He will shake the earth and judge the wicked!  The Branch will produce fruit!

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Portraits of Jesus from 700 years out!

Scripture reading for July 20th: 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 and become a prophet.  As he lived his life and shared from his heart and relationship with the Lord, 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”, God with us, Isaiah continued to write about this coming one.  (Isaiah 7:14)  He himself had two sons who were given prophetic names that spoke to the future of the nation of Israel.   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 stone to cause the nation to stumble and a rock that would make them fall.  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 there.  (Isaiah 9:1-2)  He would carry the government on his shoulders.  This child’s names signified that He would be special.  His names would be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!  His government would be one of peace and from everlasting to everlasting.  He would also reign on David’s throne, establishing it in justice and righteousness.  (Isaiah 9:6-7)  God’s own zeal would accomplish this!  These scriptures all speak of Jesus Christ who lived and ministered in Galilee.  He did great miracles and mighty works there, bringing light to the Gentiles.  He is the fulfillment of the names given by Isaiah through the Holy Spirit!

In chapter 11, Isaiah speaks again of Jesus.  He talks of a shoot coming from the stump of Jesse that will become a Branch that would bear fruit.  After the judgment that Isaiah spoke of, the nation would resemble a stump.  God would have a remnant that would bring His Son to fulfill His purposes!  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 in that He only did what His Father showed Him to do and always did that which pleased His Father!

There is so much more in these chapters today!  Read and enjoy and rejoice in God’s faithfulness to fulfill His Word!

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