They say it’s important to remember that prophesy is not about predicting the future, it’s about declaring God’s truth. But sometimes, God’s truth is in the future, so they overlap. And it’s pretty mind blowing.
So here is a really obvious prediction of the Messiah, who will be a child born in Galilee. He will be both human (a son, a child) and God – he will be called mighty God, everlasting father, Prince of Peace.
This flows from the prediction of the invasion that will engulf the northern kingdom. You start to wonder “why does the northern kingdom even matter, Jerusalem and the temple is where it is at”. But then the Messiah will come from there and grow up there.
I’d say we are half now in the era described here. The government is still not completely on Jesus’ shoulders, that will wait the end of time.
But we are now the people who have the joy of knowing the battle is won, and the yoke of the oppressor is gone. That us, our little old congregation in the middle of main Street, meeting on Sundays and singing ” praise him, praise him” then having morning tea. The victors in the ultimate battle against evil.
At the end of the chapter, Isaiah returns to the prediction of invasion, and how they have earned the judgment by their attitude to God. However, that prediction would have been obvious to them, they would have been well aware of the threat of the growing kingdoms around them.
This word of hope, this prediction of eternal joy and victory, so that all the tools of war can be burned, and everything that was ruined being bought back better than before, that was the surprising bit.
Some who heard presumably believed in their hearts even though the rest of their lives were spent with things going from bad to worse. The truth of God’s victory is eternal.
May I live that joy of salvation, may it shape my decisions and my interactions.