Summary: Names of Jesus
His Name is…
Reading: Isaiah chapter 9 verses 2-7:
• A little girl walked into her local pet shop,
• And the lady behind the counter said,” Hello What's your name, little girl?".
• The little girl replied,..."Tweacle, 'cos dad says I'm thweet”
• The assistant said,..."AAAh, what can I get you, today, Treacle?"
• And Treacle said,..."I wanna buy a widdle wabbit"
• So the assistant kneeled down by the rabbit pen, and said,..
• "Which widdle wabbit do you want to take home,
• the widdle bwack one,
• or the fwuffy white one with the pink eyes,
• or that wuvwy bwown one with the long ears?"
• Treacle thought for a moment and leaned over and whispered in the assistant's ear;
• “I don't fink my pyfon really cares!”
Sometimes things are not how they seem:
• These verses that we know so well, possibly quote by heart;
• Are set in a context that you might not expect!
(a). The darkness:
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
• A mother was tucking her small son into bed.
• Outside was a terrible severe thunderstorm.
• She was about to turn the light off when the boy asked in a trembling voice,
• “Mommy ,I’m scared, will you stay with me all night?”
• Smiling, the mother gave him a warm, reassuring hug and said tenderly,
• “I can’t dear. I have to sleep in Daddy’s room.”
• A long silence followed.
• Then a shaky little voice said, “The big sissy!”
IN ISAIAH CHAPTER 9:
• Gods people were living in dark times.
• Israel the northern kingdom and Judah the southern kingdom (split by a civil war).
• Both nations were in darkness.
(a). Dark circumstances:
• Their circumstances were bleak, Assyria the aggressor;
• Had already started invading the north and would soon conquer the whole land.
(b). Dark spiritually:
• Spiritually the nation was walking in darkness;
• Selfishness & sinful actions dominated in the majority of people.
• The early chapters of Isaiah do not make pleasant reading.
• Superstitions (2:6),
• Materialism (2:7; 5:8-9),
• Idolatry (2:8,20),
• Arrogance (2: 12-17; 5:15),
• Lack of good leadership (3:1-4),
• Social disintegration (3:56,12-14),
• Sensuality (3:16-26),
• And alcoholism (5:11-13,22).
• And if you keep looking;
• You probably find a whole load of other things going on!
GODS PEOPLE WERE TRULY IN THE DARK AND THERE WAS NO HOPE!
(a). No help in themselves.
• Because they themselves were the problem!
• ill: Like the blind trying to help the blind!
(b). No help in the monarchy.
• The final years of Israel's monarchy were a period of political uncertainty.
• Kings like Shallum and Menahem were quickly assassinated.
• The royal and political leaders of the day were also swamped by darkness;
(c). No hope in their religious leaders.