The Government of the Promised Son

One family in desperate straits came to a congregation for help. The people began to pull together some resources to help them out. Someone brought a word of prophecy that said, “Don’t give hamburger to those I have put on husks.” God put the prodigal on husks so … More


This chapter opens with prophecy of the coming Christ child who, though he is not named as such, is obviously the child that is to be born and shall rule upon the throne of David. Those who have suffered will not be in pain (v. 1). The people in darkness saw a great light (v. 2). This light would increase their joy (v. 3). He came to deliver all people from their slavery to sin. (vv. 4-5)

Isaiah records five things about the coming Messiah (Quoted in Matt. 4:15-16)

  1. He is to be born a child (v. 6) - We now know that this prophesy was fulfilled in Bethlehem.
  2. He will rule over God’s people (v. 6) - This will happen during the millennium as Christ rules and reigns upon the earth.
  3. He will have four descriptive names (v. 6)
    1. Wonderful
    2. Counselor
    3. Mighty God
    4. Everlasting Father
  4. He will be seated on David’s throne (v. 7) - His rule will have no end.
  5. The zeal of the Lord will perform this“ (v. 7) - This means that the coming of the Lord depends on God and not on Israel.


God has a plan for when things are going to happen and nothing that man does will change this. He has told us many of the things that are going to happen but He has not told us when they will happen.  For this reason I need to live like He is coming back today.

Isaiah 9:1-7 (English Standard Version)

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 people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. 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. 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. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 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. 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.

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