Isaiah “Happy New Year”
Dec 30 2020
“Happy New Year”
The first 5 chapters of Isaiah reveals a void of human leadership to which Isaiah in 6:1-3 “saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” Oh, what comfort, what peace these should bring our weary hearts that not only is our God on the throne, but He is Holy, and His glorious will is going to win. With such a vision of God comes a call to proclaim His truths to a needy world and Isaiah wants to know “How long” (6:11) to which God replies, “Until the cites are laid waste and without inhabitant”. Facing the invading Assyrian army which had already defeated the 10 northern tribes God moves on Isaiah to reassure Ahaz the new king not to be fainthearted. And to show him that God was in control he asks Ahaz to ask for a sign form the Lord but Ahaz refuses to which the Lord says in 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Imagine Ahaz hearing this being fainthearted and going, “Wow, I’m worried about a little invasion and God grants me a miraculous sign of a virgin giving birth to a Son named “God with us”.
In the 9th chapter Isaiah reveals more about this mysterious Savior as we read in 9:6-7 that “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, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” And in chapter 11:1-2 we are told that “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” Chapter 11:5-10 we are told of Him that “Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist.” That under His righteous rule “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious.”
O death where is your sting, where is your victory? Conquered by the Love of God for those who have surrendered their hearts to Him. Aren’t you excited about this new year? How can we not be when we read these words of Isaiah?
This has been Pastor Dale