Day Four – Read Isaiah 9:6-7 SOAP v. 7
Jesus Shall Reign – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of61LP4L34M
Isaiah 9:6-7 (ESV)
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
O – After reading this passage in several versions, and some commentaries, I’ve seen a few observations:
- Jesus (the child – the God made human) was GIVEN to us. It was FOR US. God made a decision to GIVE His Son to us. In so doing, Christ made Himself nothing, and took on the form of man. He was born, not created, so as to experience everything that we do as humans. But – He was fully God AND fully man. Not part.
- Each of Jesus’ names had two parts, giving different shades of meaning to His ministry with us. Wonderful Counselor – Isaiah 28:29 “This also comes from the Lord of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.” Not only is He likened to God’s character, but He is wise in His decisions and counsel. Mighty God –Deuteronomy 10:17 – For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome…” Jesus is powerful and mighty, AND God. Brings to mind “King of kings and Lord of lords…” Everlasting Father – Psalm 72:17 – “May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him,…” Jesus will endure forever – His reign is everlasting, AND He is part of the Trinity. He IS God! Prince of Peace – Ephesians 2:14 – “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the…” Jesus is the ultimate peace-keeper, peace-builder, peace-creator. He IS our peace!
- Jesus’ government (His reign) will have NO END. Satan cannot overcome it. His government will expand (increase) and will be known for peace. How different from today’s government! It will be ruled (reigned) with peace, justice and righteousness “from this time forth and forevermore!”
- There is such a contrast between the governments of today (and yesterday) and the one that Jesus Christ will establish. Man cannot possibly rule as Christ rules. Man is fallen, and rules with a worldly, even selfish and self-promoting way. I cannot think of a government today that is known for peace, justice, and righteousness! Why? “The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” (v 7) It is ONLY God that can create, maintain, and reign in such a way!
A – One quote from what I read today really stuck with me. It was after reading the comparisons of human government and Christ’s reign (blueletterbible – below) and some of the commentaries on the government that would be established under Jesus Christ. “Have we allowed the Child-King to take over the government of our lives? Only then can we know the benefits of God with us. We cannot have the light, the honor, the joy, the abundance, the integration that he offers in any other way. “
Have I allowed God the reign of the government of MY life? Do I allow His rule, His decisions, His commands to dominate and reign in my life? Do I really serve the King of kings – or Karen? Does my attitude reflect the reign of Christ in my life? Does my life reflect His peace, justice and righteousness? Do I REALLY have a servant attitude? I desire that “GOD with us” presence in my life. But to do so, I must allow Him complete reign in my life, in my attitudes, in my actions, and in my words. May it be so today.
Justice and peace are coming when Jesus reigns on David’s throne. How does having this perspective help you deal with injustices and conflict in your life? I think that I have to realize that in this world, life is not perfect, nor will it be until Christ’s ultimate reign when He returns. I have to think in terms of eternity. Life just isn’t fair sometimes. There is crime, there are accidents, people harm each other. In light of the shooting in Orlando this week, I see that there are terrible tragedies and sin ruling in this world. My dad’s accident, 18 years ago next month, is an example of seemingly unfair actions on the part of people that affect us in horrible ways. BUT – it is how we react in such events, and the hope that we hold in Christ’s ultimate reign, that help us through this life. Yes, there is injustice. Yes, we will experience conflict with people (thinking of the people next door, whose dog bit me, and now they refuse to talk with us). But, it is our reaction and our concerted, continued effort to reach out – and display Christ’s love, peace, justice and righteousness that is needed.
P – Father God, You do reign. You are in charge of this world – and the world to come. You are our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Your reign will be forever. It IS forever! Father, reign in my life today. Rule over my heart. Give me Your perspective when I see things that are unfair, or sinful, or unjust. Help me react in a positive, loving manner. May what I do, and what I say, and how I say it, reflect Your governance in my life.
Jesus Shall Reign (Enfield) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of61LP4L34M
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does its successive journeys run;
His kingdom spread from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
He shall reign in glory, crowned with grace and might
Bless His name and praise our sovereign King.
He shall reign forever with His chosen Bride,
And all the earth shall sing that Jesus is the King.
People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His Name.
Let every creature rise and bring
His grateful honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud amen!
In the NIV study Bible, I saw the following note: “Each of the four throne names of the Messiah consists of two elements. Unlike Immanuel, these titles were not like normal OT personal manes. “Counselor” points to the Messiah as a king who determines up and carries out a program of action. As Wonderful Counselor, the coming Son of David will carry out a royal program that will cause all the world to marvel. …. In Isaiah 28:29, the same two Hebrew words underlying “Wonderful Counselor” describe the Lord as being “wonderful in counsel.” Mighty God – His divine power as a warrior is stressed. Everlasting Father. He will be an enduring, compassionate provider and protector. Prince of Peace – his rule will bring wholeness and well-being to individuals and to society. … “David’s throne…. Righteousness…. Forever…” In spite of the sins of kings like Ahaz, Christ will be a descendant of David who will rule in righteousness forever.
From the blueletterbible: This ultimate fulfillment of this promise is still waiting. But we can still see the government … upon His shoulder in many ways. Gayle Erwin writes about the government God promises, both ultimately and right now:
What might such a government look like? First of all, it would look like its king. Politicians of this day look for what they can get from you. Jesus looks for what He can do for you.
Leaders of this day surround themselves with servants. Jesus surrounds us with His servanthood.
Leaders of this day use their power to build their empire. Jesus uses his power to wash our feet and make us clean and comfortable.
Leaders of this day trade their influence for money. God so loved that he gave …
Generals of this day need regular wars to keep their weapons and skills up to date and insure their own advancement. Jesus brings peace and rest to hearts.
The higher the plane of importance one reaches in this world, the more inaccessible he becomes. Jesus was Emanuel, “God with us.”
Leaders of this day are desperate to be seen and heard. Jesus sought anonymity so He could be useful.
Obviously, Jesus is not in charge of the halls of Washington, London, Moscow, Baghdad, Paris or Bonn. So, how can we ever believe the “government will be upon His shoulders”?
Actually, His government shows its workings in wonderful ways. Whenever I see someone who miraculously leaves a life of drugs or alcohol and is restored to his family and work, I can see that he is now governed by God.
Whenever I see loving Christians gently caring for orphans and those rejected by family, I know I am watching people governed by God.
Whenever I see people eagerly learning the Bible and joyously praising, I know who the governor is.
Whenever I see people give up lucrative careers simply to go and share the Good News of Jesus, I know they are governed by God.
When I see pastors carefully teach and lead the flock God has given them, I know they are getting signals from the great King.
When I see people leave family to live and teach in distant lands because they love the people who have not heard, I know they are governed by God.
So, indeed, the government is alive and working. Often silently, mostly unseen. We can be and are, by choice, governed by God. Hope and joy and peace and rest cover its subjects. Justice, mercy and grace, amazingly coexist. I like this Kingdom. The borders are open. Come on in. (from David Guzik – blueletterbible)
The “child” born of the virgin is the son of David, but he is also the Son of God. The bulk of his ministry was in Galilee, but he was “enthroned” on a cross in Jerusalem. By taking into himself the sin and oppression, the horror and tragedy of this world, he was able to give back righteousness and freedom, hope and fulfillment. In fact, we may argue that it is hard to think of another way in which the apparent contradictions of Isaiah 9:1–7 could have been resolved than in the way in which they actually were in Jesus Christ. The contemporary significance of this passage of Scripture comes down to this: Have we allowed the Child-King to take over the government of our lives? Only then can we know the benefits of God with us. We cannot have the light, the honor, the joy, the abundance, the integration that he offers in any other way. (NIV Application Commentary – biblegateway)