In our last post we saw Saul get knocked off his horse by a blinding light. Now I was wondering, if after seeing that blinding light, if he had a new understanding of this passage in Isaiah?
“. . . The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them. You shall multiply the nation, You shall increase their gladness; They will be glad in Your presence As with the gladness of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian. For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult, And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire. For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace —Isaiah 9:1-6
Trusting in Jesus opens our eyes to see things that we never would have seen apart from Him. Paul now discovered that one critical key that will unlock the mystery of Christ in the Old Testament. No wonder Paul—and anyone who has had their eyes opened to His glory and wonder—can’t help but proclaim the news to everyone . . . even to those who don’t want to hear it. God continually sent His prophets with the same unction. He told Ezekiel, “Son of man, stand up on your feet . . . I am sending you to the Israelites . . . you must speak my words to them.” God said the same thing to Isaiah and Jeremiah, just to name two more. He even told them to speak—even if the people refused to listen. He told them, “If you don’t speak, I will hold you responsible for their lives . . . but if you go and they don’t listen, then I will hold them responsible for their own lives.”
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