Isaiah was a Biblical prophet to the southern kingdom from 740 B.C. until after 701 B.C. The general theme for the first part of the book of Isaiah is Godís approaching judgment on the nation of Judah. The prophet announces that God will punish his people because of their sin, rebellion and worship of false gods.
But in chapter 9:6-7, the prophet offers hope as he refers to the coming Messiah.
ďFor to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time and forever more. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.Ē
The particular verse that stands out here refers to the rule of God, noting, ďAnd the government shall be on his shoulder.Ē In other words, God is the final authority. God mandated moral laws by which to live, as well as providing civil or case law to govern everyday life. The Israelites had rebelled and fallen into a life of sin and idol worship. This is a pattern that runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Not much has changed today. I donít claim to know the mind of God, but His word clearly states the government shall be on Jesusí shoulder.
So what does this mean for us today with regard to the critical issues we face? For some reason, we as a people have decided it is up to us to shoulder the issues. The results have been devastating. Printing money 24/7 hasnít reduced the trillions of dollars in debt. Taking God out of the schools, courthouses and public squares seems only to have created individuals bent on destroying innocent people and then themselves. Electing government officials who have promised programs that are counter-productive to a healthy economy and who practice political gridlock with programs that could have devastating effects on business and families as well as our individual freedoms has only compounded problems.
So what is the solution? God has said, ďAnd the government shall be upon His shoulder.Ē God didnít send an economist, a scientist or a statesman. He sent a Savior. The solution is to look up.
David Bilderback is a Greeley resident.