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.
One of the greatest prophecies about Jesus. Notice that He is the great and Wonderful Counselor. In a day and age when we are inundated with counselors, we must look to Jesus whose counsel will never fail.
As I have done to Samaria and her idols, Shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols? ’”
This is written after the fall of Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. It fell at the hands of the Assyrians. They were expecting to do the same to Jerusalem. However, it was the Babylonians that eventually conquered.
The Returning Remnant of Israel 20 And it shall come to pass in that day That the remnant of Israel, And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, Will never again depend on him who defeated them, But will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
Isaiah speaks here of “that day” which is the day of the Lord that begins with the Great Tribulation.
Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt. 25 For yet a very little while and the indignation will cease, as will My anger in their destruction.”
We need not be afraid of anyone who threatens us, for the Lord is our defense. It didn’t matter what the Assyrians were saying, unless the Lord granted them permission, they would bring no harm to the Southern Kingdom.
8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
I love how Paul describes the riches of Christ here. The are unsearchable! They are so vast that they are past finding out. This is one of the great joys of our faith. We will never discover all that He has made available to us.
Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Everything Paul did, he did for the glory of God. Even in his tribulations, God was glorified. We can glorify the Lord through our tribulations as long as we cling to and trust Jesus.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
Do we believe this? He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think. Not only what we ask, but what we think about as well. He knows what we need and will provide according to the power of Him who works in us. What a great verse!