- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Isaiah 9
Isaiah saw two contrasting visions in chapter 9.
The vision of comfort and restoration for in distress (1-7). The distress from destruction and devastation by Assyrian attack in chapter 8 is turned to the hope of restoration with a word, “Nevertheless,” (v.1). the vision of hope and restoration is expressed with “great light,” and “a child is born.” Both are a vision of new nation. A child is a vision of messiah who will be born in the line of Davidic kingdom. He will rule the nation by God’s power, wisdom, justice and God’s peace. This vision is parallel with the vision of virgin born son Immanuel in chapter 7.
The vision of God’s wrath (8-21). This oracle is against the pride and arrogant, and Israel in specific. They saw God’s judgement. They heard God’s warning against them. But they did not turn they ways to God, instead they tried to go their own way, away from God. Therefore, God will send enemy, foes to strike them. God will bring disaster into them that they fight each other.
1. What does God speak to you today in this chapter.
2. Reflect on the vision of promise and the vision of punishment in chapter 9.
What is God’s message in this vision?
3. Close with silent prayer for two minutes.