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Isaiah9: 1-4

Today’s scripture passage begins, “But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish.” Assyria has conquered Israel and Judah, causing the people anguish and despair. Some Israelites turned to superstition to “consult their gods, the dead on behalf of the living” (Isaiah 8:19) to find answers and comfort. God would leave them in despair. But for those who are faithful, there is no gloom.

Isaiah used two different phrases for the land of Galilee in the first verse of chapter 9. The first is “the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,” two of the tribes of Israel that occupied Galilee before the conquest. The other phrase is “the way of the sea,” which refers to the caravan route from Damascus to Galilee. This road is the path the Assyrians took in their conquest. The prophet tells the people that it doesn’t matter who rules this land. It doesn’t matter how human beings name it. God will turn Galilee from a defeated land into one that reflects the glory of God.

The prophet repeats the assurance in poetic language in verse 2. Those who were most affected by the Assyrian conquest felt that darkness had descended on their land. But they would be blessed by God’s light. Isaiah may have originally intended this passage as an expression of joy at the coronation of a new king when the people were restored to their land. Or he may have been assuring the people that a time would come when they would celebrate the coming Messiah as an ideal king. This image is so powerful in prophetic literature that it influenced many other scripture passages in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. Matthew 4:15–16 quotes Isaiah 9:1–2 and proclaims Jesus as the light of God that fulfills this prophecy. Other Christian scripture passages, such as John 1:5, John 3:19, John 8:12, and 2 Corinthians 4:6 build on this understanding of Jesus as the light shining on those who live in darkness.

Verses 3 and 4 are addressed directly to someone simply named “You.” Is this a shift from saying what God has done, to addressing God directly? Or is the “You” of these verses the mighty and powerful messianic king, whose light shines? The prophet refers to this personage as the one who broke the rod of oppression on the “day of Midian” (v. 4). The sixth and seventh chapters of Judges relate how Gideon fought and overthrew the Midianites. The story gives God credit for the victory. So perhaps it is that in Isaiah 9:3–4 the prophet is addressing God.

God multiplies the nation and gives joy. The nation rejoices before God. God relieves the peoples’ burden, lifts the weight from their shoulders, and breaks the rod of their oppressor. No timeline is given for this assurance. Humankind is impatient and quick to abandon faith when God’s acts of salvation don’t fit our timetable. But these verses assure us that God is faithful. God will be the victor and bring about light, peace, freedom, and joy in God’s own time.

As Christians, we look to Jesus as the Messiah (Christ) who fulfills God’s purposes and offers new light and life. God defeats our darkness in the revelation of Emmanuel, God-with-us, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
 


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Regular Activities

Sunday

Sunday School,  9:45 AM

 

Worship Service, 10:45 AM

 

Pot Luck Dinner on 2nd  Sundays  (Next: Feb. 9th)

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Men's Prayer Breakfast,  9:00 AM
 

Wednesday

Prayer & Testimony Service, 7:00 PM

   

 Coming Events:

 

Jan 24-26:   TWIST Weekend 

 

Feb 2:   Annual Superbowl Party and Game Night 

 

Feb 16:   Youth Outing at Dave & Busters

 

Feb 28:   Women's Retreat @ Doniphan

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Next Pot Luck Dinner:

Sunday, Feb. 9th

 

 

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