Link: Isaiah 40:9-11
Symbol: Sheep with Shepherd’s Staff
Why do sheep need a shepherd? How is Jesus like a shepherd? Why do you think God’s angels told the shepherds to GO SEE baby Jesus?
BBC BACKGROUND: ISAIAH 40
The remaining 27 chapters divide into three parts of nine chapters each. These three parts center around three events:
1) Deliverance from the Babylonian Captivity that was prophesied in Isaiah 39:7 (Chapters 40-48).
2) Rejection and restoration of the Suffering Servant- Jesus (Chapters 49-57).
3) Restoration of Israel and the world with the coming of the Messiah Jesus (Chapters 58-66).The prophesies of Isaiah were written 100 years before Judah fell to Babylon.
The Scarlet Thread of Redemption
The voice of peace (vv. 9–11). Now the nation itself comes out of the valley and climbs the mountaintop to declare God’s victory over the enemy. To “bring good tidings” means “to preach the Good News.” The good news in that day was the defeat of Babylon and the release of the captive Jews (52:7–9). The Good News today is the defeat of sin and Satan by Jesus Christ and the salvation of all who will trust in Him (61:1–3; Luke 4:18–19). God’s arm is a mighty arm for winning the battle (Isa. 40:10), but it is also a loving arm for carrying His weary lambs (v. 11). “We are coming home!” would certainly be good news to the devastated cities of Judah (1:7; 36:1; 37:26). (Be Comforted:“Be” Commentary Series, p. 109)REFLECTION
Over the last four days, we have learned quite a bit about Jesus from the book of Isaiah:
He is the promised one from the root of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1-5)
He will establish peace and rest (Isaiah 11:6-9)
He is the Light in a dark world (Isaiah 9:2)
He will reign (Isaiah 9:6)
He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
He is the gentle caring shepherd (Isaiah 40:9-11)
Tomorrow, we will see Him as the Suffering Servant.
Praise Him as You meditate on these wonderful truths.