Jesus is our messenger from God. He doesn’t always tell us what we want to hear. Jesus tells us what we need to hear. The people walking in darkness have seen a great light in the birth, life, and teaching of Jesus. Would you consider his message?
20 If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. 21 Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. 22 Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.
1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
Isaiah 8:20-22, 9:1-2, 6-7
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Those who have no light of dawn are those who pursue wisdom and direction from spiritists and mediums. That’s the context of Isaiah 8. They pursue messages from God from beings who do not represent God. And so they become distressed and frustrated and they even blame God that they do not find what they are looking for.
God offers hope in the middle of this predicament. God would bring a great light of dawn upon the land through his son. Isaiah 9 is one of the main passages of Old Testament scripture which points to Jesus’ birth and his identity as God.
Jesus is the eternal king reigning on the throne of David. And when his kingdom comes to the earth in his second coming, there will be no end of his government or his peace. His enemies are already defeated by his victorious resurrection from the dead. We wait only for the Prince of Peace to come again.
Notice, also, that Jesus fulfills the role of messenger from God, going back to the context of Isaiah 8. The people were criticized for going to mediums who would tell them what they wanted to hear.
Jesus doesn’t tell us what we want to hear. Jesus tells us what we need to hear.
Jesus brought the wisdom and truth and authority of God from heaven to earth. And so, as we consider our desire for truth and wisdom and direction in our lives, we need not go to mediums and spiritists. Fortune tellers have nothing on the word of God in Jesus.
Dig into the teaching and instruction and wisdom of Jesus. It’s all there. Pray in the Spirit of God that he will grant you insight into your predicament through Jesus’ teaching. Then humble yourself to submit to his wisdom. Jesus will direct your steps…