Isaiah prophecies the future arrival of the Prince of Peace. And he prophecies that the northern kingdom will fall.
VERSE 1. But there shall be no more 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 it glorious, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
no more gloom. Their time of darkness and despair will come to a close. No matter what miserable thing is going on, it won’t last forever. It will end.
This is one of the many famous prophetic statements in Isaiah about the upcoming Messiah. It is probably familiar, and yet looking closer will shower you with new insights.
This also speaks of Contemplative Prayer. We sit in darkness, perhaps for what seems like ages, and then the light from God arrives.
You have increased their joy. The promises of God are yes and amen. They are not doom-and-gloom. They are not sadness.
Some Christians have a sad disposition. It’s like the Good News of Jesus Christ gives them depression. They are messengers of Sad News, not Good News of great joy that will be for all the peoples.
NLT translation. For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.
break the yoke of their slavery. One day, God will cause your oppressors to cease.
VERSE 5. For all the armor of the armed man in the noisy battle, and the garments rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.
VERSE 6. For a child is born to us. A son is given to us; and the government will be on his shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Exodus 15:3. The LORD is a man of war. The LORD is his name.
Isaiah 28:29. This also comes out from the LORD of Hosts, who is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom.
VERSE 7. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, on David’s throne, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that time on, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will perform this.
justice and with righteousness. The Messiah will rule with fairness and justice. He will make wise decisions and rule righteously. He is completely different from most leaders, who rule with selfishness and deceit.
VERSE 8. The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it falls on Israel.
VERSE 9. All the people will know, including Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, who say in pride and in arrogance of heart,
VERSE 10. “The bricks have fallen, but we will build with cut stone. The sycamore fig trees have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.”
VERSE 11. Therefore the LORD will set up on high against him the adversaries of Rezin, and will stir up his enemies,
The Syrians in front. Some translations refer to Syria as “Aram.”
with open mouth. They will bare their fangs.
the people have not turned to him. It is nearly impossible to convert the obligation-mindset people.
neither have they sought the LORD of Hosts. Many Christians have an obligation mindset. They do not seek the Living God. Rather, they just fulfill their religious obligations.
VERSE 14. Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, palm branch and reed, in one day.
From head to tail, the nation is corrupt.
the honorable man is the head. That is, the secular leaders are the “head” of the nation. The problem with secular governments is that they are always ran by corrupt politicians.
prophet who teaches lies. The false prophets, also known as the lying prophets, are the tail of the nation. The problem with religious organizations is that they are always ran by false prophets.
those who lead this people lead them astray. The leaders, both secular and religious, cause the people to go astray.
VERSE 17. Therefore the Lord will not rejoice over their young men, neither will he have compassion on their fatherless and widows; for everyone is profane and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
everyone is profane and an evildoer. They all hate God and do evil. They are wicked hypocrites.
VERSE 18. For wickedness burns like a fire. It devours the briers and thorns; yes, it kindles in the thickets of the forest, and they roll upward in a column of smoke.
VERSE 19. Through the LORD of Hosts’ wrath, the land is burned up; and the people are the fuel for the fire. No one spares his brother.
Everyone will eat the flesh of his own arm. That is, they will eat their own children. Moses had prophesied this would happen.
VERSE 21. Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh; and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
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