Journey Through The Scriptures
Lesson 4: Messiah’s Glorious Kingdom
(Scripture to Read: Isaiah 11:112:6)
The evil Assyrian empire may fall, but God’s holy kingdom will stand! That was the message Isaiah brought to the people of Judah and Israel. The prophet said a day is coming when the Davidic king, the Messiah, will arise as the “Branch” from the stump of David’s line. Although David’s house, the people of Israel, would be felled in the exile, a stump would remain (Isaiah 6:13). And from this stump the Messiah will come, in keeping with God’s promise that David would have a Ruler on his throne (2 Samuel 7:16; Jeremiah 33:17). In contrast to both Assyria and the disobedient in Israel, this Ruler will delight in the fear of the Lord.
The latter half of Isaiah 11 also describes the blessings that will flow to all nations from the rule of Messiah. This will be the ultimate fulfillment of God’s ancient promise to Abraham, “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3). The Messiah will reign in Jerusalem and bless Israel, but every nation will benefit from His righteous rule. Isaiah 11:11–12 is a passage I have cited often as we see Bible prophecy being fulfilled today in the return of the Jews to Israel—and as we participate in this miracle through On Wings of Eagles! The full restoration of Israel will be accompanied by praise to God, as chapter 12 makes clear.
- What do you think Isaiah meant by the description of the “Spirit of the LORD” in 11:2?
- How does the righteous rule of Messiah contrast with the situation in Judah in Isaiah’s day?
- How will the natural creation benefit from the rule of Messiah?
- What is the theme of Isaiah’s song of praise in chapter 12?
Something to Think About
We have seen the blessing that will flow to all nations, and to the natural creation, when God’s people are fully restored to the land of Israel. Allow me to encourage you with the reminder that our work together through The Fellowship is, indeed, a source of blessing to many people!