Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Zeal of the Lord of Hosts Will Perform This!

"6 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.
7 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 judgment and justice
      From that time forward, even forever.
      The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)

Isaiah was a very special prophet.  His career began in the throne room of God’s temple where, in his vision, the Lord of Hosts Himself personally commissioned him.   Perhaps that explains the intensity of divine emotion that Isaiah’s writings convey, such as the opening line of chapter 64: 
“Oh, that You would rend the heavens!  That You would come down!”

And surely it’s no coincidence that this same Isaiah brings us more messianic prophecies even than David himself.  Perhaps the most often quoted of these is Isaiah 9:6-7, which begins with: “For unto us a Child is born …”  In two short verses, the majestic reign of Jesus is chronicled from birth, to throne, to eternity. 

But then, the prophecy is sealed with a singular pronouncement: