Isaiah 9 … Consider His Zeal

…On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
(9:7).

Many of us are acquainted with the words of Isaiah 9:6-7. The prophecy points to the promised Messiah. And although He would come in humility as a baby, His Name would reveal Him as “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”

And within the promise of His coming kingdom there would light and joy in His Presence, an end to oppression and war, and everlasting peace, justice and righteousness.

And we are often reminded that it was God’s love that fulfilled His promise in giving us His Son.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

But today, I just couldn’t get away from the idea of His Zeal. It is His Zeal that would accomplish His purpose to provide salvation for those who place their faith in Him, and to release His wrath and judgment on those who insist on rejecting His way of justice.

And I had to see if this word in the Hebrew conveys the same meaning as our English definition.

Zeal (English): The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

Zeal (Hebrew): “7068. קִנְאָה qinʾāh: A feminine noun meaning zeal, jealousy. This word comes from the verb qānāʾ (7065), meaning to be jealous or zealous, and describes an intense fervor, passion, and emotion… It can be either good or bad… Most often, however, this word describes God’s zeal, which will accomplish His purpose (2 Kgs. 19:31; Isa. 9:7[6]; 37:32); and will be the instrument of His wrath in judgment (Ps. 79:5; Ezek. 36:5, 6; Zeph. 3:8),” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

The Hebrew word does convey a fervor and tireless devotion in furthering one’s interest. But there is more; the Hebrew word stems from the same root word that can also be translated as jealousy. But it can be bit of a challenge to consider Him as a zealous or jealous God. We often equate jealous fervor with this flawed character trait seen in humanity, as one who is out of control and ruled by their passion.

But because He is perfect in His righteousness and holiness, His Zeal is perfectly righteous and holy. Because He created us for a love relationship, He jealously guards us as His own. It  is His Zeal that will accomplish every promise, purpose and plan that He has obligated Himself to complete.

Accomplish: 6213. עָשָׂה ʿāśāh: A verb meaning to do, to make, to accomplish, to complete. This frequently used Hebrew verb conveys the central notion of performing an activity with a distinct purpose, a moral obligation, or a goal in view…Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

And today, as we consider His Zeal, I pray we will clearly see His Son, Jesus.

Consider His Zeal

  • In His Zeal He would shine His Light.
    • The people who walk in darkness
      Will see a great light;
      Those who live in a dark land,
      The light will shine on them,
      (9:2).

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men, (John 1:1-4).

  • In His Zeal He would grow us in the joy of His Presence.
    • 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,
      (9:3).

“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full,” (John 15:11).

  • In His Zeal He would put an end to our oppression.
    •  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,
      (9:4-5).

And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord,”
(Luke 4:17).

  • In His Zeal He would send His Son: the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
    • 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,
      (9:6).

Wonderful Counselor: Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you,” (John 16:7 HCSB).
Mighty God: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together, (Colossian 1:15-17).
Eternal Father: “and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one,” (John 10:28-20).
Prince of Peace: For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity, (Ephesians 2:14-16).

  • In His Zeal He would govern with His Peace.
    • There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace…(9:7).

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful, (Colossians 3:15).

  • In His Zeal He would establish and uphold His Just and Righteous Kingdom Forever.
    • …On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
      To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
      From then on and forevermore…
      (9:7).

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end,” (Luke 1:30-33).

  • In His Zeal He would accomplish the Father’s Purpose.
    • …The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this, (9:).

And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, 42 saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” 43 Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground, (Luke 22:41-44).

How do we respond to His Zeal?

Jesus came to show us the Father, that we would live with Him in His Eternal Light.

And Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. 46 I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness,” (John 12:44-46).

He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace; and in His Zeal, laid it all aside for us.

who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men, (Philippians 2:6-7).

So passionate and fervent in His desire to reconcile us to Himself, that when we were yet paralyzed in our sins, in His Zeal, He gave Himself to an excruciating death for us.

 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, (Romans 5:8).

By His death He has healed us to walk with Him. It really is more than we can possibly comprehend. How can we not be struck each day with awe and wonder so as to bring Him glory for His remarkable Zeal?

But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” 25 Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God. 26 They were all struck with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today.” (Luke 5:24-26).

Today, let us ask Him to grow us in our faith, to trust Him as He conforms us to the image of His Son, that we would grow to live life, like Jesus, in surrender and obedience, knowing that He will fulfill every promise, purpose and plan that He has obligated Himself to complete; for His Zeal will accomplish this.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified, (Romans 8:28-30).

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this. (9:7).

Let’s Grow Together!

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