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When Jesus appeared in Galilee, he proclaimed, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news” (Mark 1.15).
It was a though Jesus posted billboards across the nation, “Under New Management.”
The time of bad government was at an end and new management was at hand. He called people to change their minds about what is a good life and to believe that a new world was present.
Seven hundred years before Jesus spoke in Galilee, Isaiah prophesied the time of the Messiah’s leadership.
See, a king will reign in righteousness,
and princes will rule with justice. (Isaiah 32.1)
The consistent characteristic of an excellent leader is to be righteous and just. Jesus perfectly defined these attributes with his teaching and action. He is the perfect model for us to follow.
The world under new management will be a blessed place to live.
Each will be like a hiding place from the wind,
a covert from the tempest,
like streams of water in a dry place,
like the shade of a great rock in a weary land. (Isaiah 32.2)
The role of a king was to provide for and protect his subjects. Isaiah’s prophesied king would fulfill that role.
When Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd in John 10.1-18, he contrasted his rule with that of leaders who served for a paycheck or thieves who robbed the sheep.
The effect of Jesus’ rule includes protection for his followers. However, his leadership goes beyond protection and security. It includes the experience of life to the full.
The prophesied leader will reveal the truth to the world. The truth is what is really real in life.
Under his guidance, people formerly blind to the truth will be enabled to see and hear what is the ultimate reality.
Then the eyes of those who have sight will not be closed,
and the ears of those who have hearing will listen.
The minds of the rash will have good judgment,
and the tongues of stammerers will speak readily and distinctly. (Isaiah 32.3-4)
There were two reactions to Jesus. Some people hung on his every word. They followed him, thirsty for more.
They were like Peter, when he declared, “You have the words of eternal life” (John 6.68).
Others, who had vested interests in the old management system of the world, remained blind to the truth Jesus taught and modeled.
Jesus made it clear who could see and hear his message. He said, “Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own” (John 7.17).
John Oswalt explains that the original meaning of “noble” is to have a big and open heart. Noble persons can see the needs of others and extend a helping hand.
Unfortunately, noblemen and women have often been seen as privileged oppressors.
A fool will no longer be called noble,
nor a villain said to be honorable. (Isaiah 32.5)
Oswalt writes, “In every society, those who have managed to gain power are treated as great, deserving persons regardless of their true character because the underlings are afraid of that power.”
Isaiah knew the reality of evil persons who obtain power.
For fools speak folly,
and their minds plot iniquity:
to practice ungodliness,
to utter error concerning the Lord,
to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied,
and to deprive the thirsty of drink.
The villainies of villains are evil;
they devise wicked devices
to ruin the poor with lying words,
even when the plea of the needy is right. (Isaiah 32.6-7)
“Fool” is a very strong word in the Old Testament. It refers to a person who has rejected God and who follows their own way to destruction.
Powerful fools have a very destructive effect on the helpless.
On the other hand, the real noble persons stand tall as they are generous to those who have less than they.
But those who are noble plan noble things,
and by noble things they stand. (Isaiah 32.8)
About This Blog
Rudy Ross is an excellent student of Isaiah. Rudy and I have a video you can see on the Bob Spradling YouTube Chanel.
Rudy will bring a different dimension to Isaiah than what is in my blog. I hope you will check out and enjoy my interviews with him.
I am indebted to a book by Dr. John Oswalt on Isaiah for his insights into this powerful book.
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