Introduction: A key idea in today's Sunday School material is that God has great plans for His people. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to make sure that we are people of God and living according to His will.
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Read Isaiah 9:6-7
I. The Promise of a Son. In this section of the Sunday School material Isaiah says that unto the Jews is born a Son. The government is to be upon His shoulders or He is to be the ruler.
He shall be called by several wonderful titles. He will have a productive and eternal administration. The zeal of the Lord is the source of these things happening.
- The promises of God. Notice in vs. 6 of this section of the Sunday School material that Old Testament prophesy normally has at least a double meaning.
That is, the prophesy often comes true in the time of the writer. And if it is related to Jesus, it comes true in the time of Jesus. And if it is yet to come, it will come true at the right time.
The point for us to remember is that God's word is trustworthy. We can count on being blessed, if we obey. And we can count on being punished, if we don't obey. Let's live like we believe that God's word is trustworthy.
Such living should be noted for obedience. At the core of obedience are the issues of accepting Jesus as our savior by faith. And then we are to submit to His lordship.
- The wonderfulness of Jesus. Notice in vs. 6 of this section of the Sunday School material that the Promised One shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace.
Some combine the first two into Wonderful Counsellor. Those who have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord know that Jesus is all of these and so much more. His death and resurrection alone make Him wonderful.
He can speak peace to a troubled heart better than any human counselor. He is equal with the mighty and everlasting God the Father.
And the peace that He gives us with God and peace of mind that He gives us in our times of sorrow make His being the Prince and King of Peace unquestioned.
As great as all of this sounds, we should strive live accordingly. Let's live like Jesus is wonderful and the mighty God. Such living should be noted for obeying at least the chief commandments of loving God, ourselves, and others.
- God's working out His plan. Notice in vs. 7 that the cause of the great things to come is the zeal of God, not human effort. Our Sunday School material teaches that God has a plan and is working it out.
The plans and efforts of humanity will all fail, if they are not in line with God's will. Let's live like we believe that God is still working out a marvelous plan for His people.
Such living should include hope in God, even when things around us still seem so bad. Isaiah is talking to people about hope, even though they cannot see any.
Read Isaiah 11:1-5
II. The Promise of the Spirit. We see in this section of the Sunday School material that the Promised One shall come from Jesse. The empowering Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon the Promised One. He will rule with righteousness, even with the poor.
- Controlled by the Holy Spirit. Notice in vs. 2 the Spirit of the Lord rests upon the Promised One. We learn from this section of our Sunday School material that we should be thankful that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer permanently (see Jn. 14:16-17).
The Holy Spirit gives us power and wisdom, if we would simply yield to that which He is making available to us. In other words, let us be filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit (see Eph. 5:18).
This will result in our being more obedient to God's word. His word teaches us things like evangelize the lost, edify the saints, worship God with enthusiasm, love ye one another, and help the less fortunate.
- Righteousness. Notice in vss. 3-5 of the Sunday School material the Promised One (i.e., Christians take this to mean Jesus) is to rule with righteousness. This means that justice will be administered to even the poor.
And no matter how much money the wicked may have, they will be slain. First, thank God that Jesus is more concerned with righteousness than with the riches of this world.
There are too many who would call that which is wrong, "right," if the money is right. Second, we should strive to put people in positions of influence who stand for righteousness. Political stewardship is important to making this a reality.
Third, we should strive to be righteous in our relationships and judgment calls that we have to make. Right should be right and wrong should be wrong, no matter who is involved and no matter how much money is on the table.
Let's work on being people of righteousness and trying to position the same in seats of influence.
Read Isaiah 11:6-8
III. The Promise of Security. There is great peace predicted. Animals that normally don’t get along are pictured as eating and resting together. Little children are picture as playing with animals that are normally very dangerous.
- Trusting God. Notice in vss. 6-8 of this section of the Sunday School material that there will be miraculous peace in the future.
The fact that we don't understand how the animals and little children can get along as pictured in the text doesn't mean much. There are many things that we don't understand about the miracles of God. Let's learn to trust God, even when we don't understand Him.
Nothing in this teaching should urge us to put little children where animals can attack them. This prophecy has not come true yet.
Conclusion: Let's make sure that we are people of God and living according to His will. God has much for those who obey His will.
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