2 Chron 27; Isaiah 9-12
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In 2 Chronicles 27 we read about the Ammonites being conquered by King Jotham of Judah. If you remember from reading Amos…. God said this would happen. If you are keeping of with prophesies that come to pass…”oops there goes another one!” Prophesy was fulfilled!!!! Jotham was basically a good King of Judah yet the people he led were corrupt which is what Isaiah 1-5 is all about!! They corrupt, rebellious, self righteous people who felt they no longer needed God because their lives APPEARED to be great…they had all they needed….. EXCEPT GOD!!!
Isaiah 9 — In my bible the title of this chapter is “To Us a child is Born.” The first word in the chapter is “nevertheless.” WHY does it begin with “nevertheless?” In chapters 1-8, Isaiah has been telling Judah to TURN BACK TO GOD IMMEDIATELY if not sooner, and tells them the CONSEQUENCES of what will come to pass if they CHOSE NOT to turn back to him…..NEVERTHELESS….EVEN if they refused to COME BACK to God…God will STILL send a deliverer (to Israel and Judah) as well as to future generations. In all the destruction, rebellion, selfishness…GOD STILL shows HIS love for HIS people first by CALLING THEM BACK to HIM and if they refused to TURN BACK then God’s love would STILL flow forth through a deliverer!!! Look at the deliverers God has already sent to HIS people…..Abraham, Joseph, Moses, the prophets and prophetesses!!…. and then the TRUE, FINAL DELIVERER….JESUS!!!
Zebulun and the land of Naphtali is the area Jesus will grow up!!
Jesus will honor Galilee of the Gentiles (us)
The LIGHT. In the NT Jesus is referred to often as the LIGHT. (verse the darkness)
Matthew 4:15 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
”Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, along the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.” From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
If there was ever a verse to memorize (besides John 3:16) it is Isaiah 9:6-7
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he 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.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.”
I can hear Handel’s Messiah being sung “For unto us a child is born, a son has risen, a son is given…..and HIS name is Wonderful, Counselor, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace…”
Another line from Chapter 9 that stood out to me was verse 10 — “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.” God is telling us what Israel will say when their land is destroyed. Israel is actually saying this in defiance, with pride, and with NO leading from God!! I don’t know if anyone has read the book the “Harbinger” by Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn but reading the book makes you see and think about things differently. After the World Trade Centers were destroyed some of the first words quoted by some of our senators and were these very words….again said in defiance with great pride. One of Obama’s first acts as President was to write the words: “We remember. We rebuild. We come back stronger” on one of the HIGHEST metal beams that has gone into the rebuilding of the building on the new replacement for the World Trade Center. Incase you are into this type of information you may want to check out the following article: http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/obama-fulfills-isaiah-910-prophecy-again/
Did you know that the sycamore tree and the fig tree are the same tree? Did you know that when the World Trade Centers were attacked an OLD sycamore tree was near ground zero was destroyed by the terrorists act? I’ll stop here because I am NOT a prophetess. However, the word of Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn has definitely gotten my attention. My intention is NOT to take you off track, I am simply overwhelmed at the MANY similarities that exist between the days of Isaiah and our current times. Is our nation being WARNED just as Israel and Judah were? Is God trying to get our attention today to RETURN TO HIM. I honestly pray for a revival in our nation’s near future that WILL TURN hearts toward HIM again….as a NATION…..and around the world.
Chapter 10 –The Lord’s anger towards Israel was very specific. You can see why they call Isaiah THE PROPHET. God used Assyria (and Assyria had NO KNOWLEDGE that God was using them!!!..they just thought they were superior and had conquered their enemy!!) as an instrument to punish His Chosen people but the need for HIS punishment doesn’t make HIM happy to have to do it!!! God will use the Assyrians and THEN they too will be conquered for their past sins. This WILL occur (of course) in 612 B.C. When the town of Nineveh is destroyed (tuck that away because I am sure it will be prophesied!!!)
And verses 20-34 are about the REMNANT God will leave behind!!! God always leaves a remnant of people who obey HIM PLUS….the REMNANT is where JESUS will come from!!!
Chapter 11 MUCH to read here!! Matthew 1:5 tells us about the lineage of Jesse: “Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse…” Remember Rahab, the prostitute who helped Joshua and Caleb in Jericho?? She was a Gentile who married Salmon an Israelite and she became part of the Israelite family!! Remember Ruth… she was a Moabite (a descendant of one of Lot’s sons who came from incest and was a pagan). After her Israelite husband died she followed Naomi and married Boaz and Israelite. Another example of a Gentile being brought into the family of God’s chosen people!! Boaz and Ruth had Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse….Jesse the father of DAVID……and this is the lineage JESUS comes from!!!! This just makes me want to SHOUT TO THE LORD EVER SO LOUD and praise HIM…..first for Jesus and 2nd because God included the Gentiles from the beginning. If you think about it…. Abraham was a Gentile!! God asked Abraham to obey HIM and go where HE showed him to go and when he did ….God made the Abrahamic covenant!!!
A Branch from the stump of Jesse….yes a stump…because Israel and Judah will be conquered by Assyria with much of their land destroyed and their people living in slavery. Even though God cuts down Judah to a stump God is FAITHFUL to KEEP HIS PROMISES and bring the Messiah from that line. SO out of a stump a branch will grow.
“In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.” HALLELUJAH!!
Verses 6-9— are prophesy about the coming of Jesus the Messiah as we see fulfilled in the NT. BUT it is ALSO talking about what will happen after the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ!! Don’t you just LOVE it!!
Chapter 12– Songs of Praise—Isaiah is prophesying that Jesus, our Savior, Deliverer, Refuge, Strength, and more, WILL come. We see this come to pass in the NT!! We also live in hope of HIS 2nd coming and I am sure we will ALL be bowing down before HIM, casting our crowns HE will give us at HIS feet, Singing these words, Praising HIM all in unison!!! Verse 2 –“SURELY GOD IS MY SALVATION; I WILL TRUST AND NOT BE AFRAID. THE LORD, THE LORD, IS MY STRENGTH AND MY SONG; HE HAS BECOME MY SALVATION!!!” Ahhhhhhhhmen!!!
Sharing HIS love and singing HOLY HOLY HOLY, Lord God Almighty!!