15th December 2017

The Government We Need 

“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIVUK)
 

Isaiah prophesied at a time of crisis in the government of Judah. The weak ruler, King Ahaz, struggled to find the right political strategies to adopt in face of the rising power of Assyria and the coalition of Israel and Syria against his country. None of his advisers were helpful, and Isaiah says they led the nation astray (Isaiah 3:12). Ahaz decided to side with Assyria instead of turning to God for counsel. “If you do not stand firm in your faith,” Isaiah tells him, “you will not stand at all” (Isaiah 7:9).

It is against this background that Isaiah begins to deliver his Immanuel prophecies, of which Isaiah 9:6 is one. Sometimes Isaiah delivers them in the past tense, sometimes in the present, and, in this prophetic style, he views the future as if it has already happened. The answer to Judah’s dilemma is that a virgin shall give birth to a child, whose name Immanuel means “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14). As we read above, the government will be on his shoulders, meaning all authority will be invested in him, and that he will lead the people. God offered to provide the government the people needed, not the one they had nor the one their faithless society wanted.

Isaiah’s prophecy was about the birth of Jesus Christ, and how through Jesus humanity would be saved. It fell on deaf ears. The king and his counsellors ignored Isaiah’s warnings and predictions and things went from worse to worse.

I wonder how it would be today if governments, including our own here in the UK, were to pause and listen to the wonderful counsel of the child that was born, and on whose shoulders the government will rest and bring everlasting peace. 

Prayer
Father, thank you for you son, Jesus, the prophesied child who shall reign in peace for ever and ever. In Jesus
’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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