July 11, 2020: SOAP #3873:   Isaiah 8-10; Hebrews 8 Scripture:  Isaiah (NIV) 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government […]

July 11, 2020: SOAP #3873:   Isaiah 8-10; Hebrews 8

Scripture:  Isaiah (NIV) 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Observation:   What a wonderful prophetic scripture about the birth of Jesus 2000+ years ago and about His coming reign as King.   Singing verse six has become one of my favorite Christmas song.  But today, the last phrase of verse seven captured my attention. 

In sending His Son, God did it because He wanted to.  It was His joy!  He was accomplishing something of great value to Him.  It was His pleasure to redeem His creation, even though it cost Him so dearly. 

The zeal of the LORD Almighty accomplished the first coming of Jesus as a baby; it will also accomplish His second coming as King of kings and Lord of lords!  

Application:  In amazing wisdom, God's perfect holiness and intense love came together to accomplish His perfect plan.  His zeal drove Him to make the perfect plan to raise a body of believers to rule and reign with His Son.  His zeal moved him to send Jesus.  His zeal will send Him back to gather those who have honored Him. His zeal is working even now to prepare for the return of Jesus!   Are you ready?  

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, zeal provides motivation, anticipation, and great rejoicing when the goal has been reached.  I am looking forward to the great celebration Your zeal is planning when we all gather around Your throne.  What a day that will be!  Amen!

Pastor Leon
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