Come out of the Shadow

[Isaiah 9:2 – 7]

9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

9:3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, and increased the joy; and they joy before thee, according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

9:4 For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.

9:5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.

9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there is no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

Darkness cannot dwell where there is great light. Isaiah is using the metaphor of light and darkness and comparing it to when God delivered Israel from Egypt. Israel left Egypt full of joy; their burdens of oppression.

They were to walk in a greater light; a light of supernatural strength and source – a light of burning that would burn away the dross of their existence in captivity and prepare them for Emmanuel – “God with Us.”

His government would increase in prevalence, and it would be established upon the throne of a venerated King to Israel; David. It would be ordered according to the ideas of righteous judgement and justice that only God in Heaven could define.

This passage reminds me of the lyrics of a song, “The Road to Zion.” One of the lines of the song says, to the effect, “the road to Zion sometimes has a mist and shadows across it, but don’t be afraid, because where there is a shadow, there is light.”

Sometimes, we allow the shadows to become our focus rather than the on the light that causes the shadows.

 We look at the world today and the “shadows of fear and confusion of the world’s condition” overpower us; we feel as though our society, our sense of justice, our morality as a nation, wars, rumours of war, natural disasters, and even our freedoms are lost in the dark shadows of oppression.

We have to be constantly reminded that in order to have shadows, there is a greater light that has caused those shadows.

If we would but step out into that light, and embrace the author of the light, we would find that our fears are unfounded, because that light will drive away the shadow of despair and will do so in such a way that the world will be changed to accommodate that great light – the mighty God, the Prince of Peace and we will live in full joy.