Isaiah 9:1-7 / The Christ Child
We are celebrating Christmas. The coming of the Messiah didn’t occur in a vacuum. It was prophesied. It was expected. It was then celebrated by those early witnesses including the shepherds and wise men. What was this new hope? How was it defined in early prophecies?
Use the questions below as you reflect on the text of Isaiah 9:1-7 this week, preparing your hearts in expectation of celebration of Christ’s birth.
- What are the contrasts set up in Isaiah 9:2?
- What are the benefits God established in 9:3?
- How many ways was oppression lifted according to 9:4?
- What would the destiny of implements of war in 9:5?
- What is the catalyst for this change according to 9:6?
- How many times is “government” mentioned in 9:6-7?
- How many names is this son given in 9:6?
- What is given as evidence this prophecy will come true in the latter part of 9:7?
As the Lord leads this week read Isaiah 8-9, meditate specifically on Isaiah 9:1-7, and memorize Isaiah 9:6.
Memory Verse: Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Passage: Isaiah 9:1-7 / For to Us a Child Is Born
 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
 You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
 For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.