Friday, December 16, 2011

They Saw the Light - The Prophets Part 1

Come into my heart
Come into my heart
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus
Come into today
Come in to stay
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.

The great drama was unfolding before the eyes of humanity.  God was drawing us closer to the day when the greatest light of all would shine upon the earth and darkness would begin to breathe its last breath.  The world would still spin as though it were balancing on the edge of an abyss.  The ravages of sin weighed down the people who had been created in the image of God.

As king after king reigned over the kingdoms of Judah and Israel, God lifted up those who would continue to declare His heart and His promise of a coming light.  The Spirit of God rushed forth through the prophets.  One of them, Isaiah, faithfully proclaimed:

"In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan--the people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.  You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.  For as in the day of Midian's defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor....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 Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  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.”  Isaiah 9:1-7

The zeal of the Lord would accomplish it.  Only the Lord can bring the light which will destroy darkness.  Only the Lord can conceive in our hearts the faith to reach out to the One True Light.  Only God can speak the promise and bring it to fulfillment.  In the midst of darkness, the prophets saw the coming light.*

*Copyright 1990 "They Saw the Light" Prince of Peace Press
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