Isaiah gives some of the most-used Old Testament references in this chapter. In the first seven verses, He speaks of how the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali have seen a great like, a messianic reference to the coming of Jesus Christ. He then goes on to share the powerful prophecy:
Isaiah 9:6–7 (NKJV) 6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
This is such a powerful promise that is read often at Christmas concerning the coming of Jesus. His role in the fulfillment of the glory of Israel was not a phyical or political role as they expected. His role is a spiritual one, which is more pervasive and powerful than politics. He will set up rule and reign over an eternal and universal kingdom and be that King above all kings.
The remainder of the chapter discusses the judgment to come against Samaria, or Israel, due to their disobedience to God’s law. He will measure out their punishment and see them grasp for provision, but not be satisfied. This is a hopeless end to a great nation, but shows the consequences of sin and disobedience. Be obedient and follow Him today, or enjoy the consequences of sin!