Daily Thoughts – December 5th
Prophecy 4: Isaiah 16:5
"In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it--one from the house of David--one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness." - Isaiah 16:5
We have established over the last few days of Jesus' lineage through David to Jesse and to the house of Judah. So then, why is Isaiah once again calling out that the Messiah will come from the house of David? Some interpretations state this as the tabernacle of David or the "tent" of David, a more literal meaning than simply stating the lineage. You see the tabernacle of David was a tent set up on Mount Zion in Jerusalem to house the Ark of the Covenant. So by calling out that the Messiah will sit on the throne in the tent of David brings home a special meaning to the Jewish brethren of that day.
The "tent" of David brought a meaning of authority, sacrifice, and judgment with it. By prophecy, Isaiah was stating that the Messiah would have brought these things to bear as well, through the establishment of His church body. Several scriptures in the New Testament call out Jesus Christ as fulfilling this prophecy, but most notably in Acts 15:13-18.
In this prophecy, we once again see a description of the Messiah that will judge mankind. By seeking justice this Messiah will open the door for all to come and worship God. Through His acts of faithfulness and love He will deliver the path for man to reach righteousness in the eyes of the Lord. We know that in dying Christ has provided the sacrifice and through God's grace we are made righteous in His eyes. This sacrifice of His own life was the vehicle Christ used to "speed the cause of righteousness".
What Isaiah wrote about, 700 years before, was completely fulfilled in the man of Jesus Christ.
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