About Jesus Steve Sweetman
will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.
In the past He (God) humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of
Naphtali, but in the future He will honour Galilee of the Gentiles, by the
way of the sea (of Galilee) along the Jordan (River) ... For unto us a
child is born, to us a son is given, the government will be on His
shoulders … of the increase of His government and peace there will be no
end. He will reign on David's
throne, over His kingdom". (Isaiah 9:1, 6-7)
733 B. C. Syria persuaded the northern kingdom of Israel
to join her in attacking the Assyrian Empire.
The northern kingdom of
9:1 speaks of a day when the Messiah"will honor Galilee of the Gentiles (Zebulun and Naphtali) … by the
way of the sea (of Galilee) and the
9:1 calls the
what makes Isaiah 9 relevant for us. The
region known by Isaiah as the land
predicted a day when the Messiah would honor Zebulun and Naphtali. That
began to take place when Jesus lived in that region.
Isaiah also predicted a day when the government of this region
would be on the shoulders of the Jesus, the Messiah. In
general terms this means that Jesus will govern Israel, thus removing the gloom and distress.
However, to be precise and accurate to the context, I suggest the
"governing" spoken of here refers specifically to Jesus
governing Zebulun and Naphtali, or, what we call the northern part of the