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September 8, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 9 (ESV)

But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
    you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
    as with joy at the harvest,
    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
    and the staff for his shoulder,
    the rod of his oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian...Continue Reading

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  1. I am still reading and studying and listening to sermons on Luke 23. Today I noticed the description of Joseph of Arimethea as “waiting for the Kingdom of God” and it made me think of Simeon who was waiting for the consolation of Israel. I decided to search for “wait” in the Bible. They waited for Christ to come then, and we wait for Christ now.

    I will praise You forever, Because You have done it; And in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good. – Psalm 52:9

  2. 2 The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
    those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.

    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.❤️

  3. What a great picture of Jesus and what He will bring at the beginning of this chapter. This chapter also expresses important principles on the judgement of God. At the beginning it shows that in spite of the difficulties that come with judgement, God is always willing to provide salvation and consolation. Yes He will bring light in the darkness, joy in despair, rest and peace. And what a great description of this child that will come to accomplish this great transformation. He will be a wonderful counselor, a mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. There is only one child who could accomplish all this, and that is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God.

    And yet this chapter also shows that God’s desire in bringing judgement is to generate humility and repentance. He is angered and bewildered that in spite of all the hardship He brings that HIs people have not returned to Him. Therefore He must bring more hardship. But this explains why the hardship has come and how Israel and us have the ability to male it stop. Now I believe this judgement/discipline is not only God’s prerogative in dealing with His creation, but it is also the only right and loving thing for Him to do when He realizes what is good for His people and so therefore that is what He has to encourage and reenforce, by blessing obedience and cursing disobedience.

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