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Thursday, July 30 2015

Isaiah 42: The Isles Shall Wait For His Law

"He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the Earth: and the isles shall wait for His Law"

The account of the first coming of the Messiah, as quoted below, documents how the Birth fulfilled the writings of a number of prophets, including Micah (Micah 5:2 in verse 6; see also Bethlehem In History And Prophecy), Hosea (Hosea 11:1 in verse 15; see also The Egypt Connection) and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:15 in verse 18; see also The Rachel Prophecies) in these few verses alone. How and where were all written for anyone who read and believed the Holy Scriptures.

I emphasize the "and" in "read and believed" because there were many who did read and very-well know, but who failed to connect to what they knew. The most-amazing example of that was when King Herod (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty), in order to assassinate the newborn King (see also The Patriotism Prophecy), sought information from "the chief priests and scribes" as to where He would be born. While they had no problem accurately answering the would-be murderer's question, they remained oblivious to what they had just reported. Instead of going with the "wise men" to worship the Messiah (see Why Did The Magi Come?), they remained in Jerusalem with the Roman invader.

Bethlehem

"2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. 2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 2:20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.

2:21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

The prophet Isaiah is also quoted many times throughout the New Testament, including by the Messiah Himself. His ministry actually began with His reading of verses from Isaiah during Sabbath services (see What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?). Once again, just like at the time of His birth, instead of joyously reading and seeing the prophecies fulfilled right before their eyes, they drove Him out of Nazareth.

Reading

"4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day [see also What Did Jesus Do On The Sabbath?], and stood up for to read. 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:16-21 KJV)

The disconnect continued throughout the Messiah's ministry. The teachers of Judaism, with their many man-made laws and traditions that covered over the actual commands and instructions that had been given to them in the time of Moses (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism), criticized the Messiah as a "sinner" because He perfectly obeyed what the LORD had commanded, rather than the traditions of men ("7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition" Mark 7:9 KJV).

"12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 12:2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

12:3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

12:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12:12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

12:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

12:15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known: 12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust." (Matthew 12:1-21 KJV)

Isaiah also prophesied of the ignorance (a word that simply means to ignore) and rejection of Him by the people who had physically most to know and recognize Him - and the acceptance of Him by many "gentiles" (see the Fact Finder question below).

Sermon

"12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust."

This is how the same verses, that are quoted above, were written in the "Old" Testament (in some ways an inaccurate term because much of what is written by the prophets in the "Old" Testament is yet to be fulfilled - it's a future Testament too):

"42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law." (Isaiah 42:1-4 KJV)

Isaiah prophesied in the Kingdom of Judah, after the LORD had delivered them from a massive Assyrian invasion (see The Invasions of Shalmaneser and Sennacherib), and before Judah's fall to Babylon - which Isaiah knew was coming too in the future (see The Ambassadors From Babylon) and beyond (see The Time-Telescope View of Cyrus of Persia).

Moreover, Isaiah knew that the Gospel was to all of humanity, not merely the nation that was created to prophetically portray the coming Kingdom of God. In this chapter, Isaiah once again looks beyond to the salvation of all who will repent and follow the LORD - just as the Messiah Himself taught (see the Fact Finder question below).

"42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

42:10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. 42:11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. 42:12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands. 42:13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.

42:14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. 42:15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools. 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. 42:17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

42:18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. 42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant? 42:20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not. 42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. 42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.

42:23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come? 42:24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. 42:25 Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart." (Isaiah 42:1-25 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did the Messiah prophecy about how He is the Saviour of all of humanity?
See What Did The Messiah Say About Gentiles?


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This Day In History, July 30

30 B.C.: Mark Antony, claimant to the Roman leadership while involved with Cleopatra (see The Cleopatra Connection), committed suicide when faced with defeat by his rival Octavian (Octavian is known in the Holy Bible as Caesar Augustus; see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

Bismarck and the Pope 579: Pope Benedict I died during a siege of Rome by the Lombards (see also The Struggle For The Papacy and listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).

762: Caliph Al-Mansur commissioned the beginning of the construction of the city of Baghdad, Iraq (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram).

1178: Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) known as Barbarossa, was crowned King of Burgundy.

1502: During his fourth exploratory voyage (all of his voyages were in and around the Caribbean area), Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands of Honduras.

1578: British explorer Martin Frobisher landed at Anne Warwick Island in the Canadian Arctic while trying to discover a Northwest Passage. While there, the ship's chaplain conducted the first Thanksgiving service in the New World (see also Thanksgiving).

1629: 10,000 people died in an earthquake in Naples, Italy.

1656: Charles X of Sweden defeated the Poles at the Battle of Warsaw, two days after invading the country.

1793: John Graves Simcoe, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, began clearing the lakeshore (Lake Ontario) site for the city of York, today known as Toronto. He called it York in honor of the Duke of York's victories in Europe during the war against Napoleon.

1898: Otto von Bismarck died at age 83. He was the founder and first Chancellor of the German Empire, the "First Reich" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1933: The Vatican, under Pope Pius XI, signed a concordat with Nazi Germany, protecting the rights of the Roman Church under the Third Reich (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1945: The Japanese submarine I-58 sank the U.S. cruiser Indianapolis with a loss of 883 men. It was returning to the U.S. after having just delivered the material for the atomic bomb that would later be dropped on Japan.

1962: The Trans-Canada Highway, the largest national highway in the world, was officially opened.

1974: During the Watergate criminal investigation, President Richard Nixon released subpoenaed White House recordings, as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1975: Union leader / convicted gangster Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of a restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was never seen again.

1980: The Knesset (Parliament) of Israel passed the Jerusalem Law, also known as "Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah, A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

2003: The last original-design Volkswagen Beetle was manufactured, at a Volkswagen plant in Mexico.





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