Isaiah’s Prophesy

Monday in Holy Week
30/03/2015
Isaiah 42:1-9

Isaiah, inspired by God the Holy Spirit, prophesies:- vs 6&7
“I the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you known to be a covenant for the people and a light for the gentiles,
To open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness”.

A three pronged prophesy, pointing forward to three aspects of one Divine thrust – from God to humankind.

The first thrust is a prophesy to the nation of Israel – the descendants of Abraham, the man of faith. The community of Israel has been called ‘in righteousness’ (God’s right actions in choosing this community in a personal way- (I will take hold of your hand) – therein is their security.

PAUSE to reflect

“I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the gentiles”:-

The faith community has been called to be part of God’s covenants responding in love and faith and joy to a personal God who both initiates the covenant and makes himself known to then and to non-Jews (the Gentiles); our God overcomes all barriers by doing away with them altogether:

PAUSE to reflect

-the community of faith has been raised up to do so-called impossible actions: To open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison, and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness – all this for God’s glory:

verse 8 “I am the Lord, that is my name! I will not give my glory to another”.

PAUSE to reflect

The community of Israel has a divine calling without limit – they are to act in faith because God is holding them by the hand, leading them.

Because of this calling, Our Lord Jesus Christ born into this community, is the fulfilment of the second prong of the prophetic thrust, focused on and in Him. He is the true Israel, the faithful one, God made flesh, the word, called in righteousness, the Father holding the son by his hand, a covenant for the people and a light for the gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison, and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness

This is fulfilled in Jesus

PAUSE to reflect

Today, Monday in Holy Week, we look in awe at Him as he offers himself as the sacrifice for the sin of the world, seen in his life, his ministry, his passion, his death and Resurrection. Jesus the name above all names, Jesus the sovereign Lord, Jesus the one in whom all prophesy is fulfilled.

The third prong of the Prophetic thrust settles like a soaking rain on… the church – on all believers, including us, all of us here this morning. Together, we are the fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah:
“I the Lord have called you (individually or together) in righteousness,   (AMEN)
I will take hold of your hand,    (AMEN) – therein is our security!
I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people (we are the people of our Lord’s new covenant) and a light for the gentiles (the light of Christ shining on all people through us)

We are people with work to do…

Work?

Yes:

• To open the eyes that are blind (literally and metaphorically) (Amen)
• To free captives of sin and Satan form prison (in Christ’s name, with His authority) (Amen)
• And to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness –
(as we bring the good news of God’s love to individuals) (Amen)

Isaiah’s prophesy is being fulfilled in you and in me because we are part of the community of faith, we are in Christ and He is in us, individually and corporately, NOW.
We are holy people, standing on holy ground as we follow Jesus again in 2015, through his cross and passion to the glory of His resurrection, and beyond, into His glorious future (Amen)

Awaiting and Anointing us day by day.

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