In Today's Scripture Reading:
God's judgment upon sinners; Isaiah's vision of God's holiness; his message for King Ahaz; Christ's birth and Kingdom foretold
The prophet Isaiah foretold the judgment of God against the kingdom of Judah for the people's sins. Ahaz, king of Judah, was facing war. The prophet appealed to him, saying: Ask thee a sign of the Lord (Isaiah 7:11). Although Ahaz refused, Isaiah spoke a glorious prophecy of the true King of kings who was yet to come. The sign Isaiah offered was the declaration of a special Child: A virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel (God With Us) (7:14). Seven hundred years later, the Angel Gabriel confirmed to the Virgin Mary: The Holy Ghost (Spirit) shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that Holy Thing (One) which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35). In fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy, Jesus, the Son of God, was born. To reject the virgin birth and question either the deity or the humanity of Jesus of Nazareth is to miss the significance that Jesus was both Holy God and sinless Man. Because of this, He alone could atone for the sins of mankind and redeem what Adam had forfeited.
The prophet Isaiah received another glorious revelation of the eternal King of kings of whom he foretold: Unto us a Child (Jesus Christ) is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). We recognize the fulfillment of that prophecy in Jesus, who was born of the virgin and later crucified, providing eternal life to all believers by dying on the cross for our sins, and by His triumph over death. Not only was His first advent declared, but also His second. We can rejoice as we look forward to the time when He will reign in righteousness on earth as the most Wonderful, Counseller.
Isaiah reveals that a Child shall be born; a Son shall be given; and that the government shall be upon His shoulder (Isaiah 9:6). The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever (Revelation 11:15).
5:1 vineyard =b> the Israelites; 5:5 go to =b> listen to Me; 5:23 reward =b> bribes; 7:16 abhorrest =b> hate, despise; 8:21 hardly bestead =b> sorely distressed, hard pressed; 9:9 stoutness =b> arrogance.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in honor of Rick Hash Staff: Ilene Wallace Government Officials: Rep. Dan Boren (OK), Rep. Nancy Boyda (MO), and Rep. Michael Ross (AR) Country: Central African Republic (3 million) in the center of the African continent Major languages: French and Sangho Religious freedom 47% Protestant; 34% Roman Catholic; 12% animist; 3% Muslim Prayer Suggestion: Humble yourself before the Lord (I Peter 5:5-6).
Optional Reading: Hebrews 10
Memory Verse for the Week: Galatians 2:20