“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 9, “To Us A Child Is Born”

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“You Are Good,” Tye Tribbett.  Chorus:  “You Are Good, Hallelujah, You Are Good!” 

“To Us A Child Is Born,” Isaiah 9:1) Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first He Lightly Afflicted The Land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more Grievously Afflict her by the way of the sea,  beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.  Leviticus 26:24; Matthew 4:15.  2) The people that walked in darkness have seen a Great Light:  they that dwell in the land of The Shadow of Death, upon them hath The Light Shined.  Ephesians 5:8.  3) Thou Hast Multiplied The Nation, and not increased the joy:  they joy before Thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.  4) For Thou Hast Broken The Yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.  Judges 7:22; Psalm 83:9.  5) For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.  6) For Unto Us A Child Is Born, Unto Us A Son Is Given:  And The Government Shall Be Upon His Shoulder; And His Name Shall Be Called WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, THE PRINCE OF PEACE.  Matthew 28:18; Hebrews 13:20.  7) Of The Increase Of His Government And Peace There Shall Be No End, Upon The Throne Of David, And Upon His Kingdom, To Order It, And To Establish It With Judgment And With justice From Henceforth Even For Ever.  The Zeal Of The Lord Of Hosts Will Perform This.  Daniel 2:44; Luke 1:32.

Quest Study Bible – “Galilee of the Gentiles,” v1, The name of one of the three provinces of The Northern Kingdom created by Tiglath-Pileser, the Assyrian general, when he plundered Israel in 733 B. C.  “A Great Light,” v2, Some see this phrase as a metaphor (comparison) of God’s Saving Action, Believing It referred to future kings of Judah—like Hezekiah and Josiah—who would lead Israel back to God.  Many, though, believe Isaiah was looking ahead to The Future Messiah We Now Know To Be Jesus Christ, Who Would Arrive On The Scene To Break The Bondage Of Sin.  See 49:6; Luke 2:32; John 1:5 and 8:12.  “How Would God Break The Yoke Of His People?” v4, Some think this Prophecy referred to Israel’s future liberation from foreigners who oppressed them.  Others, though, believed the word yoke was a symbol for the heart’s bondage to sin.  It is in this sense that The Messiah, Jesus Christ, Broke The Yoke For All People With His Death On The Cross.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Nevertheless the gloom (or the dimness):  This line completes the thought of 8:22 and promises a dramatic change to come.  The ancient tribal allotments of Zebulun and Naphtali, which included Galilee, were the first to feel the brunt of the Assyrian invasions (2 Kings 15:29).  The three phrases at the end of the verse—the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles or “nations”—indicate administrative districts of the Assyrian conqueror Tiglath–Pileser lll.  v2, Have seen:  The Future Event is described by the Prophet, Under The Impulse Of The Spirit, As Having Already Occurred.  Light Stands For The Incarnate Jesus.  Shadow of Death means “Deep Darkness” (compare 60:2; Psalm 23:4).  Here this Hebrew word compliments the more commonly used word for darkness.  v3, joy of harvest … divide the spoil:  The agriculture society knows no greater joy than that of harvest.  A soldier knows no greater joy than that of a finished battle that he has won, he is still alive, and there is now booty to divide.  v4, yoke … staff … rod:  These three images of oppression emphasize the suffering of the people during this period of foreign domination.  v5, warriors sandal (or, confused noise):  Assyrian armies were marked by the noise of the marching of many feet.  Garments rolled in blood from past battles was a deliberate scare tactic to frighten enemies in an impending battle.  All of these emblems of warfare were to be burned in the coming day of The Reign Of The Divine Child (v. 6).  v6, Born Speaks Of The Child’s Humanity And Given Of His Deity.  WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR, Is One Name, Meaning “Wonderful Divine Counselor” (11:1-5).  Mighty God Indicates That God Is A Powerful Warrior (10:21).  EVERLASTING FATHER Describes A King And Father Who Provides For And Protects His People Forever (40:9-11; Matthew 11:27-30).  Thus The Word Father Is Used Here Of The Savior’s Role As An Ideal King.  PRINCE OF PEACE Is The Climactic Title.  The Child Is The True Prince—The One Who Has The Right To Reign And Who Will Usher In Peace.  The Four Double Names Combine Aspect’s Of Jesus’ Deity And His Humanity.  Together, These Four Double Names Assert The Dual Nature Of The Savior:  HE IS GOD BECOME MAN.  v7, Of The Increase May Be Translated “To Him Will Increase.”   Government And Peace May Be Rephrased As “Peaceful Reign.”  The Risen Lord Jesus Brings His Rule Of Peace To The Believer’s Heart In The Present Age.  Moreover, He Will Establish The Kingdom Of God Which Will Be His Reign Of Peace.  The Fact That This Coming Child Will Occupy The Throne Of David Forever Fulfills God’s Promise To David (2 Samuel 7:8-16; Psalm 89:19-37; Luke 1:32, 33).  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-7, The Syrians and Assyrians, first ravaged the countries here mentioned, and that region was first favored by The Preaching Of Christ.  Those that want The Gospel, walk in darkness, and in the utmost danger.  But When The Gospel Comes To Any Place, To Any Soul, Light Comes.  Let Us Earnestly Pray That It May Shine Into Our Hearts, And Make Us Wise Unto Salvation.  The Gospel Brings Joy With It.  Those who would have Joy, must expect to go through hard work, like the husbandman before he had the joy of harvest; and hard conflict, like the soldier before he divides the spoil.  The Jews were Delivered From The Yoke of many oppressors, This Was A Shadow Of The Believer’s Deliverance From The Yoke Of Satan.  The Cleansing (of) the souls of Believers from the power and pollution of sin, would be by The Influence Of The Holy Spirit, As Purifying Fire.  These Great Things For The Church, Shall Be Done By The Messiah, Emmanuel (Immanuel).  The Child Is Born; It Was Certain; And The Church, Before Christ Came In The Flesh, Benefited By His Undertaking.  It Is A Prophecy Of Him And Of His Kingdom, Which Those That Waited For The Consolation Of Israel Read With Pleasure.  The Child Was Born For The Benefit Of Us Men, Of Us Sinners, Of All Believers, From The Beginning To The End Of The World.  Justly Is He Called WONDERFUL, FOR HE IS BOTH GOD AND MAN.  His Love Is The Wonder Of Angels, And Glorified Saints.  He Is The COUNSELOR, FOR HE KNEW THE COUNSELS OF GOD FROM ETERNITY; And He Gives Counsel To Men, In Which He Consults Our Welfare.  HE IS THE WONDERFUL COUNSELOR; None Teaches Like Him.  He Is God, The Mighty One.  Such Is The Work of THE MEDIATOR, That No Less Power Than That Of The Mighty God Could Bring It To Pass.  HE IS GOD, ONE WITH THE FATHER.  AS THE PRINCE OF PEACE, HE RECONCILES US TO GOD; He Is The Giver Of Peace In The Heart And Conscience, And When His Kingdom Is Fully established, Men Shall Learn War No More.  THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIM; HE SHALL BEAR THE BURDEN OF IT.  Glorious Things Are Spoken Of Christ’s Government.  There Is No End To The Increase Of Its Peace, For The Happiness Of Its Subjects Shall Last For Ever.  The exact agreement Of This Prophecy With The Doctrine Of The New Testament, shows that Jewish prophets and Christian teachers had the same view of The Person And Salvation Of The Messiah.  To what earthly king or kingdom can These Words Apply?  Give Then, O Lord, To Thy People To Know Thee By Every Endearing Name, And In Every Glorious Character.  Give Increase Of Peace In Every Heart Of Thy Redeemed Upon Earth.  Amen.

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