Upon the Throne of David

No End to the Increase “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom” (Isaiah 9:7). by Richard Doctor To understand Isaiah’s words we need to look back at a long night well overthree thousand years ago when Jacob wrestled with the angel until he was blessed. Jacob was renamed “Israel.” The Hebrew Isra means “a prince with power.” The word “government” in Isaiah 9:7 derives from the same []

“My Righteousness to be Revealed”

A Just Reign “Behold, a king will reign righteously, And princes will rule justly” (Isaiah 32:1 NASB). by Robert Goodman Whenever we examine a passage of scripture, it is important to frameit in the context of surrounding verses to correctly understand its meaning. The prophet Isaiah provides us with exciting insights into God’s plan in just two verses. Our examination of these verses will use the New International Version translation because it seems to accurately render the Hebrew text here. Isaiah chapter []

I Will Appoint You

The Zeal of the Lord of Hosts “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1, all citations are from the New American Standard Bible unless otherwise noted). by Ernie Kuenzli Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah in chapter 9 closes with the statement, “The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:7). The entire promise of the []

In the Beginning

The Priesthood Man’s relationship with God was broken when sin entered the human family. It has been a long difficult struggle as we have all inherited the imperfection that came with sin. As a result, disease, poverty, and man’s inhumanity to man have plagued the world. But God has designed a way for sin and its dire consequences to be erased, leaving only the benefits of memory and experience. God’s justice required payment of a corresponding price to release mankind from the []

The Aaronic Priesthood

“And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Bring the tribe of Levi near, and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister to him’” (Numbers 3:5,6, all scriptures from the Revised Standard Version). Gleaned from an article by Jeffrey Earl There are a number of high priests named in the Old Testament, such as Mel­chizedek, Aaron, Zadok, and Joshua. This article focuses on the priesthood of Aaron, the first high priest under the Mosaic system. The Aaronic priesthood served the nation []