“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 forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” Isaiah 9:7
Israel’s promised ruler wouldn’t just bring peace to the land of Judah. “Of the increase of his government…there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:7). In other words, his rulership will spread to the four corners of the world. Furthermore, his reign won’t just last a lifetime but will be “from this time forth and forevermore.”
Kings have come, and kings have gone. Empires have arisen, and empires have fallen. These great leaders and their kingdoms are swept into the ash heap of eternity, and time rolls on mostly forgetting about them. In accordance with this unending cycle of rise and fall, the psalmist urges us, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish” (Psalm 146:3-4).
The good news of the gospel is that God’s true king will never be deposed. He will rule “with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forever more” (Isaiah 9:7). Despite the instability and chaos of contemporary politics and foreign affairs, we can know that there is a king and a kingdom that will outgrow and outlast them all. Let’s seek that kingdom of above all else and not lose heart.
King of heaven, all praise is due to you for your justice and righteousness. May your kingdom come soon and come in full. Fill us with hope until then. Amen.
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