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Summary: Thank you Rev. Tony McCall for the Key of David.

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The Key Of David

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Government.

• Government is one of those things in life that we have a love/hate relationship with.

o In times like these, with the country facing the worst recession since WWII many are quick to point their fingers at our government and place the blame there for all that ails us.

o However, in the recent elections, many of those same accusers were heralding government, or at the least a change in government, as the answer to all that ails us.

o Our contradictory attitudes about government are revealing.

o We recognize the failure of human solutions, but at the same time we

know something must be done to fix what’s broken in the world.

• Isaiah wrote our text at least a hundred years before Israel was taken into

Babylonian captivity—nearly 600 years before the birth of Jesus.

o Looking at a litany of failed kingdoms, and sitting in the rubble of Israel’s crumbling monarchy, Isaiah ministered in a world where

government failed.

o However, as the spirit of God moved him and inspired him he looked

across the centuries to a time when God would establish his rule and

authority.

o He spoke of a child that was born to a virgin, wrapped in swaddling

clothes and laid in a manger.

• And in stark contrast to that humble condition of a newborn baby, he

announced that the Government would be upon his shoulders.

o That baby was King of Kings and Lord of Lords and the first thing that

Isaiah did was to affirm His lordship.

o That child would be vested with authority over all the kingdoms and

governments of the world.

Jesus had the government upon his shoulders.

• In the second phrase of Isaiah 9:6 we discover that this promised child that was born unto us is going to have the Government upon his shoulders.

o By government, Isaiah is talking about more than just an administration or a program or plan.

o The original language speaks of authority, of kingship, it implies power and ability.

o It is a bold, unmitigated, statement that Jesus holds absolute authority over everything that is under his dominion.

o He is King of everything.

o He is Lord of all that ever was or ever will be.

o As God manifest in the flesh, Jesus Christ was vested with full and

complete authority to reign supreme over everything.

o He reigns over all the earth.

o Thestarsareheldinspacebyhisauthority.

o The winds and waves respond to his voice.

o The sun rises in the morning and the tides roll in by the power of his

government.

o Hebrews 1:3 tells us that “He upholds the universe by the word of his

power.”

• Back in 1977 the spacecraft, Voyager I & II, were launched by NASA.

o It took 12 years for Voyager II to go by the planet Neptune.

o Voyager I & II have now been traveling for over 11,000 days or 31

years and they are still inside our solar system.

o It will take almost 200 more years before either will pass by the

closest star.

o And 1000 years from now they will pass by the next closest star.

o This vast universe of sun, moon, and stars is so great that no man, no

satellite, no spaceship, can ever travel through it all.

o And yet He upholds it by the word of his power.

o By his word alone he sustains the vastness of the universe.

Isaiah 40:22 Tells that “It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; (HE) [who] stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

o We can use our biggest telescopes to look at stars that are billions upon trillions of miles away.

o Yet we still can't see to the outermost edge of the universe.

o But Isaiah tells us, in Isaiah 40:26 that he brings out the stars and calls

them all by name.

o And by his great power not one of them is missing from the midnight

sky.

• David said in Psalms 8:6, Thou madest him to have dominion over the works

of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

Hebrews 2:8 Tells us that everything is in subjection to him, and nothing is

outside his control.

o I’m telling you this morning that the government is upon him. o He governs this world, he has full authority over it.

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