Isaiah continues pronouncing judgement against Judah because they turned to Assyria for protection instead of trusting the Lord. But there is hope, bc “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” The current wicked land is where, later in the Story, Jesus will do most of his earthly ministry work. Isaiah describes Jesus: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah goes on to describe Jesus’s second coming: “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. Upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgement and justice from that time forward, even forever.” (We will learn more about Jesus’s second coming later when we meet the prophet Daniel.)
Isaiah says the Lord is going to use Assyria to bring judgement against His unrepentant people but this will lead to the Assyrians becoming arrogant. The Lord will then bring judgement against the proud Assyrians.
Do you see how the Lord is in charge of it all?! God is using His people and their enemies to fulfill His promise of sending the Savior. The Lord is always going to protect a remnant of His people; “The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God.”
God is not going to allow the Davidic line to be utterly destroyed. Isaiah says a branch will come from Jesse, King David’s dad, and “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him…His delight is in the fear of the Lord, He shall not judge by sight of eye…But with righteousness…” Isaiah prophesies that there will be a day of harmony on earth and he speaks of rest that will be given, not only to Jews but to Gentiles. “For Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious.” 🙌
Tomorrow the Lord sends in the prophet Hosea to warn the people. Keep reading.