ISAIAH 9 ~
1But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of…and then Isaiah prophecies what Matthew 4:15,16 declares was fulfilled. Here is the context verbatim from the ESV.
“JESUS BEGINS HIS MINISTRY~
12Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
15“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned.”
17From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The Light that dawns is more than Jesus healing and delivering. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a crucial aspect but, Jesus said “as long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Bodily, Jesus is no longer in the world. That’s why he told the disciples, “You are the light of the world!”
The Light that shines is Holy Spirit inspired words and action, the Gospel of the Kingdom of God which is more than talk but power! It’s righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit! It’s God’s love in display in whatever means only God knows are necessary for each individual situation! It’s all of the above but not limited to any but it always reveals God’s love, his goodness and it overcomes all evil with good!
3You shall multiply the nation,
You shall increase their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence
As with the gladness of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
Did Jesus increase the nation of Israel? Not physically but yes. About 1/3 of the world’s population now professes to be Christian…”of Israel”. Whoever is of faith is a child of Abraham.” 1 became 12, became over 3,000 and is now multiple billion!
He also gave us his joy that the world cannot and the key to joy! (you shall increase their gladness) “Love one another” because to abide in love is to abide in God. (be glad in his presence) This is how we bear much fruit (as with the gladness of harvest)
4For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders,
The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.
This is good! Isaiah expounds on this idea in the next chapter too.
26The LORD of hosts will arouse a scourge against him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; and His staff will be over the sea and He will lift it up the way He did in Egypt. 27So it will be in that day, that his burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because of fatness. (Isaiah 10)
I’m not going to even try to explore any of the shadows of this but, going to what I believe is the complete fulfillment (which belongs to the body of Christ) and it is accomplished in Christ.
Jesus referenced this a few times and the promise of rest was coupled with warning. ~ Matt.11:20 ~20Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent…28“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Jesus “yoke” is the Gospel. It’s easy and light. But, we have to stay yoked to Jesus and walk with him. We enter God’s rest by resting from our efforts and abiding in faith that we are completely approved forever because of Jesus and we let him love us….continually.
Matt.23 happens at the very end of Jesus’ ministry about a week before he inaugurates the New Covenant so we have to remember that the command to “obey Moses” no longer applies! 1Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; 3therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them”
4“They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger”
The burden, the yoke on men’s shoulders was the LAW.
In Acts 15, at “The first Apostolic Council” Peter spoke of the “Yoke” of the Law.
” 6The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter. 7After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8“And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; 9and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 10“Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?11“But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”
The yoke was the LAW that Jesus broke by fulfilling it and it was nailed to the cross; completely finished forever! We were in Christ on the cross and therefore crucified with him (in the spirit) and crucified to the LAW and the world forever, raised to new life with him and seated with him at the throne of God (in the spirit)!
Both times Isaiah prophesied that the “yoke”/LAW would be broken like it was at the battle of Midian (at the Rock of Oreb) Gideon won a great battle by following the Holy Spirit’s very specific and seemingly foolish instructions. When they held their torches inside their vessels, and blew their trumpets they had no available hands to wield a natural weapon. Yet, they shouted “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” because God wants us to know that the battle never was fleshly but spiritual!
Jesus won the battle without a physical sword. He is the Word of God that’s sharper than any two-edged sword and his words are like a sword from the mouth. We are simply vessels that need to let God’s light shine from within us by getting ourselves out of the way and giving praise to the Lord! This sent the enemy’s camp into confusion and they slew themselves, allowing the Israelites to plunder them.
6For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
We all know what profound prophecy this is of Jesus. He is now the head of the body, the government that rests on the shoulders because we yield to the mind of Christ. He has given us the wonderful Counselor in Holy Spirit who is also Almighty God! He is one with Everlasting Father, since we have perceived and know Jesus we have perceived and know the Father. He is not only the Prince of Peace but has become the King of Peace, like Melchizedek according to Heb.7
7There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
He gave us his peace and the world cannot take it away! The Kingdom started advancing from the time of John the Baptist when the Rock landed and broke “Nebuchadnezzar’s statue “in the time of those kings” and it will increase until Mt.Zion is the largest mountain that fills the entire land!
“On the throne of David and over his kingdom”….sigh. That’s so deep. I don’t fully understand it but am sure it could fill more than enough information for this homework assignment in itself. I will say that I have heard a very sincere, internationally well-known teacher say that David is going to reign as king in a literal Millennial Kingdom but Jesus will be the King of Kings over him and I think that’s silly. Jesus HAS restored the House of David and it’s being finished in the Spirit. Jesus was the root and branch of David, He was the Lord of David and “Son of David” because he fulfilled the prophecy that one of David’s offspring would sit on the throne forever. Jesus IS and on the throne and remains there. Look, we can’t have a Kingdom without the King on the throne. The foundation of his throne has been established on righteousness and justice (notice how much righteousness is connected to the beginning of the Kingdom!) and Jesus accomplished it by his zeal.
Rev.19 ~ “Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, to the Lord our God: 2For true and righteous are his judgments…”11And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war…”
This is Jesus, the Lord of hosts, YHWH Saboath “making war” in righteousness and justice. I believe Jesus has accomplished this (in that generation) and His Kingdom has been established in righteousness (now we are the righteousness of God in Christ!) and we judge the world according to the Law of liberty, in mercy. Whoever sins we remit are remitted.
I can’t help but think of Isaiah 26:9b ~ “For when Thy judgments [are] on the land, The inhabitants of the world have learned righteousness.”
The point of God’s judgements is to teach righteousness. The Lord desires mercy and mercy triumphs over judgement but God instructed through justice. God’s not simply interested in people “getting born-again”, He wants children to grow up. He wants us to manifest His righteousness! Jesus brought salvation because of righteousness. We can’t have one without the other and He wants us to know how he has made us the righteousness of God forever in Christ! He want’s the world to know Jesus is YHWH Tsidkenu, the Lord who is our righteousness.
I need to get off this rabbit trail and wrap this chapter up.
“8The Lord sends a message against Jacob,
And it falls on Israel.”
The same warning of judgement on Israel was always by the hand of a physical enemy on earth… 11Therefore the LORD raises against them adversaries from Rezin
And spurs their enemies on,…
13Yet the people do not turn back to Him who struck them,
Nor do they seek the LORD of hosts.
14So the LORD cuts off head and tail from Israel,
Both palm branch and bulrush in a single day.
(in one day the harlot was destroyed because of God’s judgement ~ Rev.18:8)
15The head is the elder and honorable man,
And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.
16For those who guide this people are leading them astray;
And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion.
Jesus warned the teachers of Israel that they were shutting the door of the Kingdom to themselves and to the people they taught also…how many Christians still do the same!?
18For wickedness burns like a fire;
It consumes briars and thorns;
It even sets the thickets of the forest aflame
And they roll upward in a column of smoke.
It was their own wickedness that consumed them in 70 AD! They reaped what they sowed. How could God avoid allowing judgement to come on very people he had Covenant with after they rejected and murdered the King of righteousness! They even gloated in the fact and demanded his blood on them and their children! They were not a ripe vine but had become briars and thorns (religious, back-biters, scoffers)
19By the fury of the LORD of hosts the land is burned up,
And the people are like fuel for the fire;
No man spares his brother.
The land of Israel, specifically Jerusalem was consumed with fire. Families were divided and like broken branches devoured in wrath.
20They slice off what is on the right hand but still are hungry,
And they eat what is on the left hand but they are not satisfied;
Each of them eats the flesh of his own arm.
People resorted to eating flesh, just like Moses prophesied amidst his last words, exhorting them to keep their covenant with the Lord!
47“Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; 48therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you.
Rome’s metal was iron. Historians, scholars and prophecy (Daniel) all agree to that fact.
49“The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you shall not understand
Rome’s national emblem was the eagle and their language Latin. The Jews knew Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek but Latin had not overtaken the world like Greek.
52“It (Rome) shall besiege you in all your towns until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout your land, and it shall besiege you in all your towns throughout your land which the LORD your God has given you. 53“Then you shall eat the offspring of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy will oppress you.
Rome had Jerusalem trapped with over a million Jews and not enough food. As their walls came down, Jews literally ate their own flesh to survive. They also chewed on leather, belts, cow dung and whatever scraps would fill their bellies.
All of this happened because THEY had Covenant with God and when God visited them to literally give them all of the promises that came with it, they completely rejected him. God’s wrath was towards them, not the world in some future event. Especially not a world that was never in covenant with God. The righteousness of God revealed on the earth demanded that his justice was satiated. They go hand-in-hand. Since we have righteousness, we must realize that God has had his justice.
Consider Psalm 97:2,3 ~
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. 3Fire goes before Him
And burns up His adversaries round about.
with Psalm 89:14 ~
14Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
Lovingkindness and truth go before You.