Sunday Recap 12/03: Who is the King of God’s people?

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Sunday, December 3, Evident Grace Fellowship looked at Isaiah 9:1-7 as a part of our “Seeking a Better (King)dom” series.

1 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.

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.  3 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. 4 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. 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 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. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

From those scriptures, we attempted to answer this Big Picture Question:

Who is the King of God’s people?

And we found these three answers:

  • The Redeemer of Anguish
  • The Bringer of Light
  • The Establisher of Peace

The Redeemer of Anguish

Isaiah 9:1 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 image of crossing over the Jordan was common language to the people of Israel.  It signified walking into blessing and the promises of God.  The coming Savior was going to bring that to them:  the end of gloom and a new and glorious way.

This is akin to when God rescued His people from slavery in Egypt.

Exodus 2: 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

When God’s people anguish and moan, God responds by being faithful.

Bringer of Light

Isaiah 9:2 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.  3 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. 4 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. 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6a For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder

The promised Savior, deliverer, king will be born as a child.  His government will find no end.  He will bring the people out of spirit darkness.  Ultimately, He will bring His people into the spiritual light and circumstantial light.  Jesus, born as a child, would do this.  For His people.

Establisher of Peace

Isaiah 9:6b And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

God is zealous to save His people.  So much so, He sent His son Jesus to bring peace and uphold justice by dying for their sins and rising again to new light.

Big Picture Question:  Who is the King of God’s people?

Truth:  Jesus is the King who redeems the anguish of His people by bringing light and peace to their lives.  

Application:  Live knowing that your heart finds its hope from anguish and conflict in Jesus your king.

Action:  Partner with the church to both demonstrate and proclaim Jesus’ birth as the deliverance and hope that this world desperately needs.  Bring us ideas of outreach and service.

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