Eyeball or Binoculars
Isaiah must have seen these prophecies as through a “darkened glass,” not knowing exactly how they would turn out. This particular passage mentions some specific things the Messiah was coming to do. Remember, he wrote these words 700 years ago before Christ! Would you believe that when Jesus was a grown up, one day in the synagogue (like church) it was His turn to read scripture and THIS was the passage He read?? After He read it, He declared it FULFILLED. Imagine being there that morning and hearing THAT!
For Isaiah to see 700 years ahead, what must be true about God? (God communicated with Isaiah and other prophets; God knows the future; God had a plan; God is in control and is sovereign over matters of history.)
Why did the Jews want to kill Jesus? (Update: I always thought it was because Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah, but these verses seem to show the people were happy when Jesus first said what He said. It was only after they asked for demonstrations and He refused them that they were really mad. Leave a comment if you understand these verses well, I’d love to hear what you have to say!)
If you have time, or older children, you may want to read the other part of Isaiah 61, where the prophecy continues on about a “day of vengeance” and a time of redemption of Israel. Many people think the rest of this chapter refers to Jesus’ Second Coming, where He will come in power as King. Many Jews expected this type of Coming the first time, and missed Jesus as the Lamb.
For more information on the tradition of using a Jesse Tree for Advent, please visit this Squidoo page!
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Main Resources used for this Jesse Tree Study:
* The Story of God and Man a booklet that goes through “narrations” of scripture, starting at the beginning, and brings you through a biblical worldview while building up the story of our Savior. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about getting a copy.