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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Wizards That Peep and Mutter"

Many, many times in the Bible, God shows us the difference between walking with Him and walking in error. Isaiah 8:19-22 gives us a glimpse of alternatives to Truth. They include:
            wizards and mediums (v. 19)
            darkness (v. 20)
            hunger (v. 21)
            putting the blame on the government and on God (v. 21)
            looking to the earth for answers (v. 22)

The results of these are trouble, darkness, anguish, and more darkness (v. 22).

Contrast this gloomy outlook with the hope brought by Isaiah 9:2-7. The Messiah’s coming would change everything! For 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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of 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 (verses 6-7).

Isaiah wrote looking forward some 700 years to Jesus’ coming. His prophecy tells us this expected baby will be God Himself. He’s the Child, yet He’s the mighty God and the Everlasting Father. Isaiah was anticipating his Messiah.
The Messiah brings good government, stability, peace, judgment, and justice. What a contrast with the occult and darkness!

I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness (John 12:46).


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