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Birth prophecies: Light in darkness

Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:1-7, Isaiah 11:1-5, Andrew Love, December 24, 2017

Sermon Notes:


  • Looking at Light shining in the darkness
  • I love Christmas - an opportunity at Christmas to come alongside people
    • 1 in 10 people only speak to a family member once a month
    • For 40% of older people their main friend is the 'TV'
    • A lot of depression and hopelessness - a loss of community
  • Often we can be like Ebenezer Scrooge
    • Isaiah gives a wonderful message of hope, light in the darkness

Hope in the worst of times (7:14)

  • A verse to King Ahaz
  • Isaiah has been given this prophecy
    • He was called to minister at a very difficult time
    • A split Kingdom
    • The Tribe of Ephraim was dominant
    • He ministered to Judah in the South
  • Isaiah was a willing servant
    • He was sent to a people who would not listen
    • Isaiah asks how long - 6:11
    • Until the desolation - 6:12
    • There is hope - 6:13
  • The problem:
    • Assyria is gaining ground
    • Israel goes into alliance with Syria
    • Ahaz tries to make an alliance with Assyria
      • Isaiah warns against this
      • Israel and Syria turn against Judah
      • The Syrial-Ephramite War
  • Deliverance will come - 7:4-7
    • There is comfort
    • Do not fear, the Lord is in control
    • The Lord gives a sign
      • 7:14
    • Probably fulfilled in 8:3
      • Isaiah married a virgin and she conceived a son
      • The
      • The Lord will come quickly - 7:16
    • The sign is in a child
    • He will bring deliverance to His people at the worst of time
  • Matthew
    • The Angels give this prophecy to Joseph
    • It is not just of a local time but applies to the Lord Jesus Christ
    • This prophecy will be fulfilled in a more substantial way
  • There had been silence of 400 years [between the last Prophet and the Gospels]
    • The people of God had been massacred - 10 tribes had been lost
    • The people were few in number and ruled by Rome
    • What had happened to the line of David?
      • Can we imagine that the House of Windsor would come to a end?
    • 'In the bleak midwinter'
  • Ahaz was given a sign
    • The shepherds were given a sign
    • The sign - a child
      • A child who is vulnerable and helpless
    • Ahaz didn't believe the sign or trust in God
      • He trusted in man
      • 8:22
      • Isaiah's response - 8:17
      • Ahaz should have hallowed God - 8:13
  • If we look to man to solve our problems ...
    • The UK is going through dark times - examples
    • ... the underlying problem of sin can only be solved by the Lord
    • Do you feel in darkness and bondage this morning? - hope in Him

Hope in the most unlikely of places (9:1-2)

  • 9:1-2
    • The places in the North that were obliterated
    • That very place that knew the judgment of God will see a great light
  • What happened after?
    • The Gentiles had come in
    • They were despised
    • Galilee of the Gentiles
    • The Jews despised Galilee and Samaria
  • In the most unlikely of places, light is dawning - 9:2
    • Matt 4:12-17
    • In the most unlikely of places there was hope
    • The majority of Jesus' miracles were done in Galilee
    • God works in the most unlikely of places
      • Many Muslims turning to God's light
    • Nowhere should be despised and we should not say that God cannot work there

Hope in the greatest of Persons (9:6 & 11:1-5)

  • Jesus is exactly like His Father
    • There is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • We trust in Jesus Christ
    • He is the mediator between God and man
    • He is Mighty God 
  • He has come to bring joy - 9:3
    • In Jesus Christ there is joy
    • Example of visit to Portugal
    • Of the increase of His government there will be no end
  • A Rod from the stem of Jesse
    • Jesse was a nobody [he did not have a great name like David]
    • God will bring life
    • The house had been reduced just to Jospeh and Mary
    • God would raise up Jesus
  • A seven fold blessing:
    • The Spirit of God resting upon Him
    • The Spirit of wisdom upon Him
    • The Spirit of understanding upon Him
    • The Spirit of counsel upon Him
    • The Spirit of might upon Him
    • The Spirit of knowledge upon Him
    • The Spirit of the fear of the Lord upon Him
  • There is nobody like Jesus
    • Perfect man and perfect God
    • His delight is in the fear of the Lord - 11:3
      • What do we delight in?
    • He came to the poor in spirit - 11:4
    • He comes in righteousness - 11:5
  • Is our hope in Him?
    • Isaiah saw God's glory - he saw much
    • What do you see this Christmas?

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 7:14

14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (KJV)

Isaiah 9:1-7

1Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. 2The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. 3Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 4For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. 5For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. 6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (KJV)

Isaiah 11:1-5

1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. (KJV)

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