Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
Isaiah was right. There are so many details that came true. I did no have time for all of the examples in my “Christmas Conspiracy” messages, but check out verses 1-5 as an example.
Notice that Zebulun and Naphtali will get trashed. They were the northern tribes of Israel. This happened in the Assyrian invasion a few years later. But Galilee (right next door) is slated as a place from which honor will flow.
Of course, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee. He set up his ministry HQ in Galilee, in the city of Capernaum. Isaiah was right.
He was right about the Virgin birth, his lineage, his godhood, his servanthood, his ministry, his kingdom, his destiny, his brutal death, his resurrection, his eventual honor and power. And he is right about what is still to be realized in the return of Christ
Verses 3, 4, and 5 have not yet been fully realized. But if Isaiah was right about everything else, these things will come to pass. I can’t wait for the day when God will shatter the weapons of war. I yearn for the day when Military outfits will no longer be necessary.
When peace is known and God reigns everywhere, all will be made right. I want that, don’t you? He will reign forever and ever. And we will reign with him. Good news! Enjoy it!