Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 6 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 31-33
Food for Thought: Is. 32:1-4; 33:17
The fulfillment of the prophecy of the coming of the King happened right before the eyes of the Jewish people centuries after it was written, with a seal of confirmation by the Father many times, beginning with the announcement of His birth by angels to the shepherds (Luke 2:8-14), followed by the wise men who saw His star and followed it to present Him with regal gifts (Mat. 2:1, 2, 9-11). Simeon, an elderly man who had waited his whole life to see the arrival of the King Messiah, and Anna the prophetess both confirmed the Infant’s divine, prophetic purpose (Luke 2:25-38). They saw scriptures such as the one found in Micah 5:2, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting,” and they waited in faith for His arrival.
Throughout the life of Jesus, there were signs. He spoke often of the Kingdom, and the people praised Him as King when He made His triumphant entrance into Jerusalem (Luke 19:33-38). Even Pilate called Him the King of the Jews (John 18:39; 19:19). And as some put the pieces together, they saw with spiritual eyes and heard with spiritual ears (Is. 32:3), and accepted Him as their Messiah and King.
And what a Great King He is! He reigns in righteousness; He is “as a hiding place from the wind” and a protective “covering from the tempest” for His people; He is as “rivers of water in a dry place,” quenching the parched thirst of the soul, producing life and much fruit; He is “as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land”; and His followers will gain great wisdom and be able to speak of His Word clearly (Is. 32:1-4).
As King, He is everything anyone could ever need, and that is the Gospel, the “almost-too-good-to-be-true news” for people everywhere, not just for the Jews alone. King Jesus declared in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” He said in Matthew 13:9, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” and said to His followers in verse 16 of the same chapter, “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.” In other words, you get it. You understand it. Now walk in it.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):