Isaiah's Spirit Judgement
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Holy Spirit

JudgeIn Isaiah 4.4 the Holy Spirit was called "a spirit of judgment and burning" and the executor of judgment. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit Isaiah looked to the future, "The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire." The phrase "a spirit" may also be read as "the spirit" in this passage. Isaiah later wrote in Isaiah 63.10, "Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them." Deliberate sin and turning from God is punished by God himself. Those who rebel and grieve the Holy Spirit become God's enemies and come under his spirit of judgement and he will therefore punish them.✞

Holy Savior

The town of BethlehemDeliberate sin proves the point that we need a holy savior. God provided that through a young woman in a little out of the way village called Bethlehem Ephrathah, which means "house of bread." A virgin from there was to bring forth a son whose name was to be "Immanuel" which meant "God with us." Isaiah prophesied centuries before Jesus' birth in Isaiah 7.14, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. " We note that the Hebrew for "you" is plural meaning "all of you." The word for "virgin" may be translated "young woman." The place of Jesus' birth was clearly indicated in the Old Testament and was known to Herod's advisors. The Magi were therefore told in Micah 5.2, "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Note that clans may be translated as "rulers." Jesus, who was from "ancient times" one with God, would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah, one of two Bethlehems during the Roman Era. The other Bethlehem is in the North near Nazareth by the Sea of Galilee.✞

"Isaiah's Spirit Judgement"
by Ron Meacock

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