The Certainty of God’s Word
Isaiah 40.6-8 From time to time, Jesus will end my quiet time with Him with Isaiah 37.32: “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” I am, thus, assured that the matter we discussed, according to His word, will be accomplished in His time. The context for this verse is the realization by King Hezekiah that his army could not resist the pending attack by the King of Assyria and that only God could save the nation. God, even, gives Hezekiah an indicator of the certainty of His word by slaying 185,000 Assyrian troops in their sleep! Thus, God showed His zeal! King David had concluded the same certainty of God’s word and expresses this in Psalm 138.2: “For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” The magnitude of his statement is seen in what God said about protecting His name; Ezekiel 20.5-10 & Numbers 23.19. Neither emphasis has changed — protecting His name and magnifying His word, for both are one (Matthew 5.17 & Isaiah 40.6-8)! What does this mean as we study Isaiah 9.6-7?
A.Prophesy about a powerful baby.
- Jesus was not just any baby, as Paul informed the philosophers on Mars Hill; Acts 17.31. Paul repeats this in Romans 2.16, and Peter states this in Acts 10.42. Jesus IS God’s Judge for mankind: John 3.18-19. This word is certain!
- Consequently, Jesus has been fulfilling Isaiah 9.7 since His ministry began, “to order [His kingdom] and establish it with judgement and justice from that time forward, even forever.” He has been separating “sheep” from “goats”, as He terms those of John 3.18 in Matthew 25.31-46.
- Jesus states and demonstrates Matthew 10.7-8 for the same “judgment and justice”, even encouraging His disciples to assault “the gates of Hades” and “bind on earth [“whatever”] shall have been bound in heaven” (Matthew 16.19 NASB; illustrated in Luke 10.1-19).
- The epitome of Jesus’ power and “authority” (Matthew 28.18) is demonstrated when He captured “death” at Calvary (Hebrews 2.14-15; John 14.19; 1 Corinthians 15.53-57) and escorted satan to the Pit of Hades (John 12.31 fulfilling Isaiah 14.12-15)!
- These are examples of the zeal of God in the New Testament to fulfill the certainty of His word to Isaiah (9.6-7).
B. The power remains because His “government and peace [will never] end” (Isaiah 9.7).
- Totalitarian governments—i.e., social democracy leading to socialism leading to communism—are satan’s agents to oppress the peace from people made in God’s image (Genesis 1.26). Democracies and republics are biblical forms of governments that can include and encourage image-bearers toward His likeness and provide His peace.
- “The American Dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American Dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.” Ronald Reagan, 40th President
- “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” –John Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.
- “George Mason was one of the Founding Fathers that insisted on the Bill of Rights, or the first ten amendments, to be added to the Constitution, saying regarding his decision that, ‘The laws of nature are the laws of God, whose authority can be superseded by no power on earth.’” (ibid)
- However, Abraham Lincoln wisely said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
- We must remember Jeremiah 13.10 and Romans 6.16 which only reflect but do not displace Isaiah 9.7: “of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.”
- People and their governments must, and will absolutely someday, align with Jesus’ government. This word is certain! Revelation 20.11-15 and 12 express the contrasting ends, respectively, for persons identified in John 3.18.
C. The personal nature of zeal.
b. “Receive” is just as important to salvation in this temporal life, as Peter states in Acts 3.16 regarding the events of Acts 3.1-10 and would restate to the Sanhedrin in the context of healing in Acts 4.12.
c. Zeal is personal and requires the evidence of faith to receive the word of God that is already ‘certain’ because God spoke it. It is the ‘hope’ in Hebrews 11.1. “Now faith” (without a comma) means receiving at the point of need.
d. God states His personal commitment to Hezekiah and pledges His “jealousy” (Strong’s Dictionary h7068; Easton’s Bible Dictionary for ‘zeal’ illustrates God’s jealousy in Ezekiel 5.13). The result was salvation for the nation.
f. Jesus describes the Centurion’s faith as “great” because he knew the certainty of the word spoken by faith (Matthew 8.5-13). He ‘received’ the reality that Jesus spoke!
g. Paul describes the tenacity of perseverance required to receive ‘hope’ in Romans 5.1-5. Note, too, that ‘character’ is evidenced by perseverance grasping for hope!
D. Zeal in the certainty of God’s word.
h. God proclaims His certain word in Isaiah 9.6-7 of a future reality that began when Jesus was born. He states that His zeal will bring the reality in His time.
13. What ‘certain word’ has He spoken that you are willing to ‘receive’ in His time?
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