Daily Devotion – December 19, 2015

Isaiah 9:2

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness-on them light has shined.


Devotion by Jim Kennedy


This verse is part of the Righteous Reign of the Coming King part of the Bible. The people that walked in darkness are the true character of all the people of God before conversion, who were in a state of darkness, under the power of sin and shut up in unbelief. The people were in the dark and could see no objects in a spiritual sense.

The prophet(s) who wrote the Book of Isaiah lived around the time of the 8th century BCE in the kingdom of Judea, or roughly 800 years before the coming of Jesus. So the people could not know of Jesus who told divine and spiritual things, of the grace of God, of the way of peace and life, and the work of the blessed Holy Spirit.

But the people of the time of Isaiah did see a great light the shined on them as they walked in deep darkness. What could this light have been? Could they see ahead 800 years to the coming of Jesus?

Isaiah sees in her or his vision, or both, a light shining on the forlorn and weary wanderers. Historically the return of some of the inhabitants of that region to their allegiance to Yahweh may have been the starting point of the prophet’s hopes. This was the time of monolatry, where everyone had their own god and their god was better than your god. Monotheism arose out of the “Yahweh’s the One” feeling in the kingdom of Judea.

On them who lived in a land of deep darkness in the time of Isaiah a light shined. Light is not only an emblem of knowledge in the Scriptures, but of joy, rejoicing, and deliverance. It stands opposed to moral darkness, and to times of judgment and calamity.

The language of the Isaiah is adapted to extend 800 years into that future period when Jesus the Messiah should come to that dark region and become both its light and its deliverer. Isaiah may have referred to the immediate deliverance of the nation from impending calamities, but there is a fullness and richness of the language that seems to be applicable 800 years into the future to the Messiah Jesus.

The light which reveals to us our sin reveals to us also the mercy of God, a love greater than our transgressions, a pardon greater than our sin. It is the light of Jesus’ future teachings about God that gave people in the time of Isaiah hope.

Never did God appear in more perfect holiness than when God pardoned sin. Unlike other religions and philosophies which made compromises with sin, Isaiah was prophesying a religion where God forgave sins. Not a bad prophesy for 800 years or so before the coming of Jesus.



Dear Lord I pray that I may see the light on my walk through darkness so that my sins may be forgiven by God through Jesus.

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