It is the season for giving gifts. Perhaps at this point, you have finished your Christmas shopping. Perhaps you’re still searching for that “perfect” gift for someone in your life. Perhaps you have not even begun your shopping and will be hitting the stores on Christmas Eve. Wherever you find yourself in the gift-giving process, our next Scripture on the birth and life of Christ will encourage you. We’ll spend a few days examining this passage in Isaiah as we come to know more about this indescribable gift we have all been given!
His Name IS Advent Devotion: Day 15
We’ll spend the next several days examining Isaiah 9:6-7. For now, read through this wonderful passage of Scripture and note what you learn about the following:
- How are the people described? How are their lives characterized?
- What are their circumstances?
- What are they given? How is this gift described?
- Who is this gift?
- Who will bring this to pass?
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Let the living and active Word of God, encourage and instruct your heart today! Worship Him!
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two- edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. —Hebrews 4:12
This post was first published on Get Real on December 16, 2014.