Through the Bible, May 17

Reading: Isaiah 7:10-19; 9:1-7; 11:1-5; 53

Summary: Likely the best-known feature of Isaiah’s message is his prophecies of the coming Messiah.  These passages, as one would expect, play a prominent role in the New Testament.  These readings are among the best known of all Messianic passages, not only in Isaiah but all of the Old Testament.

Devotional Thought:

It’s In My Hands

Isaiah chapter fifty-three, it could be argued, is the most important text about Jesus in the entire Old Testament.  It’s an incredible passage, the depth and breadth of which could not be exhausted after a lifetime of study and meditation.  One cannot say they truly know Christ without intimate acquaintance with this portion of the Holy Writ.  It can lead to true life and eternal joy as with the noble worshipper from Ethiopia who from this very Scripture heard the powerful, life changing message of Jesus (Acts 8).

Of all the incredible affirmations made of our Savior in this sublime prophecy, none is more compelling than that “the will of Lord shall prosper in His hand” (Isa. 53:10).  What better, more important, or complementary statement could possibly be made?  And as true with all Messianic prophecies, it found fulfillment in Jesus.

The will of the Father was more than a point of interest or a matter of some concern.  It occupied the highest priority and consumed the man of Galilee’s very purpose.

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34).

“I seek not my own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 5:38).

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of Him who sent me” (John 6:38).

The proof that no mere high-sounding rhetoric crossed Jesus’ lips is found when God’s will obviously countered His own desire.  Back in Isaiah 53:10, the verse begins, “Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief”  Still, that will prospered in His hand.  So, famously, in Gethsemane, He prayed fervently, repeatedly, and passionately that the “cup” might pass from Him, “nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39).

So, as a professed follower of Jesus, the question for me becomes, how does God’s will fare in my hands?

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