July 13 (Daily reading: 2 Chronicles 27; Isaiah 9-12) The New Testament writers validate Isaiah’s messianic prophecies. We have read Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” Matthew quoted this verse, saying that Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy, and he added that Immanuel means, “GOD WITH US” (Mt. 1:23).
Isaiah 9:1-2 mentions the people who lived “on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,” saying, “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Matthew wrote that Jesus “came and settled in Capernaum … beyond the Jordan.” He then added: “This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet … ‘The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light’” (Mt. 4:13-15).
Isaiah 9:6-7, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom.” Luke gave us the angel’s words to Mary about Jesus, which confirm this prophecy: “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end” (Lk. 1:32-33).
Isaiah 11:1, “Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse.” Paul wrote: “Again Isaiah says, ‘There shall come the root of Jesse” (Rom. 15:12). Paul stated clearly that Christ came as a confirmation of this promise. The Bible leaves no doubt that Jesus was the promised Messiah!
– Al Gary