Scripture reading – Isaiah 11; Isaiah 12

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Having foretold the imminent judgment of the LORD and the invasion of an enemy, Isaiah prophesied a message of hope to Judah…the coming of a King like none other. What would be the sign of the King’s coming? The prophet foretold the King would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), and His titles and attributes would be divine (Isaiah 9:6-7); however, His coming was not imminent.

As warned, the Assyrians conquered Israel and took the people away (Isaiah 10). Though all seemed lost, Isaiah prophesied Assyria’s fall (Isaiah 10:10-19) and the restoration of a remnant of Israel that would return to the land (Isaiah 10:20-23).

After prophesying Israel’s coming sorrows and afflictions, Isaiah encouraged the people to look for the Messiah King who would rule the earth and whose reign would usher in universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-9).

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Isaiah 11 – The King is Coming

The Lineage of the Messiah King (Isaiah 11:1)

The future King would be born of David’s lineage, for He would be “a rod [shoot or sprout] out of the stem of Jesse [father of king David], and a Branch [living sprout]… out of His roots” (Isaiah 11:1; Isaiah 53:2). He would be a royal son and rightful heir to the throne of Israel (Isaiah 11:1). 

The Attributes of the Messiah King (Isaiah 11:2-5)

Isaiah prophesied that the future King would be divine, for “the spirit of the LORD [would] rest upon Him” (Isaiah 11:2a). With “the spirit of wisdom and understanding” (11:2b), He would be a discerning, wise counselor. He would be mighty (Isaiah 11:2c). He would know the plans and purpose of the LORD, for he will have “the spirit of knowledge” (Isaiah 11:2d). He would fear the LORD and please Him (Isaiah 11:2e; Luke 22:42).

The coming King would be omniscient and “not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears” (Isaiah 11:3). He will be an impartial, “righteous” judge (Isaiah 11:4), giving no favor to the poor or the rich. He will be a righteous ruler. He will address the sins of man that have corrupted the earth since the fall. He will condemn the wicked (Isaiah 11:4) and be a righteous, faithful judge (Isaiah 11:5).

The Messiah King will Usher in a Time of Universal Peace.

The Messiah King will Usher in a Time of Universal Peace. (Isaiah 11:6-9)

Many kings and rulers have vowed their rule would usher in a utopia and promised universal peace. Religions have proposed their way to lasting peace, and political leaders have pledged that their efforts would prepare a path for universal peace.

Yet, all attempts at peace have failed; however, Isaiah prophesied there will be a day of universal peace when the Prince of Peace rules the world from the throne of David. Prophesying that old animosities would be banished when the LORD reigns on the earth, Isaiah wrote:

6The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, And the leopard shall lie down with the kid; And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. 7And the cow and the bear shall feed; Their young ones shall lie down together: And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, And the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:6–9).

The LORD will Gather Israel Out of the Midst of the Nations (Isaiah 11:10-16)

As promised, when the “root of Jesse” [Jesus Christ] reigns, the children of Israel will be gathered to their land out of the midst of the nations of the world (Isaiah 10:10-11). The LORD will be the “ensign of the people,” and the Gentiles will seek Him (Isaiah 11:10). The Jews who have been scattered among “the nations” (the “outcasts of Israel” (i.e., exiles) and the “dispersed of Judah”), shall be gathered “from the four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:12). 

Israel and Judah will set aside their envy and animosities (Isaiah 11:13). As the LORD delivered Israel out of Egypt (Isaiah 11:15), the faithful of Israel will be gathered from all over the world (Isaiah 11:16).

Isaiah 12 – A Song of Salvation

Isaiah 12 – A Song of Salvation

Isaiah 12 began with the phrase, “And in that day,” and thus continued Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming Messiah (Isaiah 12:1). This chapter was a celebratory song of Israel’s promised salvation (Isaiah 12:1-6).

Isaiah prophesied when Israel’s heart turns to the LORD, His anger will be “turned away” (Isaiah 12:1). The people will sing, “God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: For the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).

Closing thoughts –

When Christ returns to reign, His people will “Praise the LORD, call upon His name, Declare His doings among the people” and exalt His name (12:4). Believers will declare the LORD’s grace and mercies to the nations, and all the earth will know the LORD “hath done excellent things” (Isaiah 12:5). In that day, Jerusalem will ring with shouts of joy, saying, Great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee(Isaiah 12:6).

What a glorious day that will be!

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