Preparing for a King

Prophecy of His First Advent

Isaiah 9:6-7; Micah 5:2

Isaiah 9:6,7

6 For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of His government and peace

There will be no end,

Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,

To order it and establish it with judgment and justice

From that time forward, even forever.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

Micah 5:2

2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,

Yet out of you shall come forth to Me

The One to be Ruler in Israel,

Whose goings forth are from of old,

From everlasting."

Preached at FBC Toulon, IL on December 2, 2001 by Albert Harmon; see it at toulonbaptist.com

This morning let us step back just over 2000 years ago. We find ourselves in the land of Israel governed by the Romans. We find a people oppressed and denied self determination. Governed by wicked and oppressive men.

The people longed for a new king. A king that would be like David of old, their greatest king. But these people had more going for them than a optimistic wish. They knew their history and they remembered the words of many of their own prophets.

Yes it had been over 400 years since God had chosen to send a prophet to this people. But in spiritual ways He had blessed them. Even though they were governed by foreigners they had freedom to worship their ancestral God, Jehovah. This God had spoken in the past through the prophets to proclaim better days for them. A day when Israel would once again be a free people. It would be a day when their nation would be supreme above their neighbors. Oh how they longed for that day. The day when the Messiah would reveal Himself. The day when the Christ would come and fulfill the words of the prophets.

But were they ready. They longed for a condition they were not ready to accept. They longed for a King they would ultimately reject and rebel against. They longed for a freedom that they would deny, turning rather to the oppressor of their nation as their only true king. How ironical life is, for people often reject the things the claim.

  1. The promise was explicit.
    1. The promise was known from the earliest of times.
      1. Clear back in Genesis God had promised a deliverer to crush the head of the oppressor of mankind, the devil.
      2. By hundreds of types God displayed the character of the coming King.
      3. Clear passages come often even in the most ancient of days.
        1. Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
        2. Numbers 24:17 "I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.
        3. 1 Samuel 2:10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; From heaven He will thunder against them. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. "He will give strength to His king, And exalt the horn of His anointed."
    2. There are dozens of passages in the Psalms that refer to the coming King.
      1. Psa. 2:6
      2. Psa. 18:43,44
      3. Psa. 24:8 vs. 7-10.
      4. Psa. 45:3-7
      5. Psa. 72:5,8,11
      6. Psa. 89:3,4,19-21,23,27,29,36,37
      7. Psa. 110:1,2
      8. Psa. 132:11,17,18
    3. But it is in the prophets that we find the plainest predictions.
      1. Isa. 9:6,7
      2. Isa. 11:10
      3. Isa. 32:1
      4. Isa. 33:17
      5. Isa. 40:10
      6. Isa. 52:7,13
      7. Jer. 23:5,6 "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
      8. Jer. 30:9
      9. Jer. 33:17
      10. Ezek. 37:24,25 "David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. 25"Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever.
      11. Dan. 2:35,44
      12. Dan. 7:13,14
      13. Dan. 8:23,25
      14. Daniel 9:25 "Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.
      15. Hos. 3:5
      16. Mic. 5:2,4
      17. Zech. 6:13
      18. Zechariah 9:9,10 "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be 'from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.'
  2. The promise was well known.
    1. In Matt 2:6 when asked where the Messiah was to be born, the scribes quoted Micah 5:2
    2. Evan the Samaritan woman knew the Messiah would come. John 4
    3. It was for this that the rulers of the Jews accused Him before Pilate.
    4. They all knew He was coming and they all looked for Him but they rejected Him when He came.
  3. The promise was missed.
    1. How could a whole nation miss what they had ever longed for.
    2. I think Jesus answered the question.
      1. Luke 14:16-24 16 Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 "and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' 18 "But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.' 19 "And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.' 20 "Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' 21 "So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' 22 "And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' 23 "Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 'For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.'" (NKJ)
      2. Matt 22:2-8 2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 "and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 "Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding."' 5"But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 "And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 "But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. (NKJ)
      3. You see those excuses were all honest things.
      4. They were every day normal things.
      5. But they were wrapped up in those things and missed the greatest event in history.
    3. Our greatest danger is to miss Christ and only have Christmas.  

This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com