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Inspiration MatthewThe Holy Spirit prophets warned the people of sin in their midst. In Nehemiah 9.30 we read that the nation repented and the leaders proclaimed, "For many years you (God) were patient with them. By your Spirit, you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples." The prophets warned the people yet they did not even believe that they were inspired by God. 2 Peter 1.21 explained, "For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." The inspiration of God is necessary for any prophet and his or her prophecy to be genuine.

Words from Isaiah

As one of the prophets, Isaiah predicted relief for the afflicted when the Messiah arrived. Jesus adopted these words from Isaiah 61.1 for himself when he read them publically in the Temple. Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners." We note that the Septuagint, which was the "Koine" or "day-to-day Greek" in Jesus' day translation of the Old Testament substitutes "the blind" for "the prisoners." The Messiah brings light for the blind. The "Septuagint" version of the Old Testament got its name from the seventy Jewish scholars who translated the five books of Moses in the 3rd century BC. Jesus then concluded his reading in Luke 4.21, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

Prophet Isaiah's Message

Jesus In TempleThe Holy Spirit inspired the prophet Isaiah's message and spoke of Jesus' future healing ministry. Jesus was described by the prophet Isaiah whose name meant "God is Salvation" around BC 740. His message in Isaiah 11.10 about Jesus was "In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious." Isaiah was saying here that the root of Jesse or one particular direct descendant of King David shall in the future stand as a royal flag or banner for the peoples to gather around. The nations will seek him, and his presence among them will be wonderful. Jesse, who was the father of King David, was an important branch in a kind of ancestral tree from Abraham down to Jesus. Jesus was a direct descendant of King David and this genealogy was also repeated in Matthew 1.1-17, "A record of the origin of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac" and continues until "and Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ." The Isaiah message furthermore heralded Jesus healing ministry in Isaiah 35.4-6, when he wrote, "say to those with fearful hearts, 'Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution, he will come to save you.' Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert." The people will not only be healed but also have their hearts and minds opened to the truths about God found in Jesus.

Jesus Healing Ministry

Noah's ArkA similar transformation is projected in a remarkable passage in 1 Peter 3.19-20 where Jesus was recorded as preaching of his redemptive power to those in Hades in the time between his death and resurrection. "After being made alive, he (Jesus) went and made a proclamation to the imprisoned spirits to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it, only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water." The phrase "being made alive" may also be equally translated from the Greek as "being made alive in the spirit."

Isaiah's Spirit judgment

JudgeIsaiah's Spirit of judgment was brought to bear on the people of Israel by the Holy Spirit. In 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." Isaiah later wrote in Isaiah 63.10, "Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he fought against them." Deliberate sin and turning from God were punished by God himself. Those who rebelled and grieved the Holy Spirit became God's enemies and come under his spirit of judgment and he, therefore, punished them.


BethlehemDeliberate sin proved the point that we needed a holy savior. God provided that through a young woman in a little out of the way village called Bethlehem Ephrathah, which meant "house of bread." A virgin from there was to give birth to a son whose name was to be "Immanuel" which meant "God with us." Isaiah prophesied centuries before in Isaiah 7.14 of Jesus' birth, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. " It is noted here that the Hebrew for "you" is plural meaning "all of you." The sign of the virgin birth is not for a few but everyone. The word for "virgin" may be translated "young woman" which might indicate a girl of fifteen or seventeen. The place of Jesus' birth was indicated in the Old Testament and was well 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, was to be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah, one of two Bethlehems known during the Roman Era. The other Bethlehem was in the North near Nazareth by the Sea of Galilee.

Holy Spirit Comforter

Welcome JesusThe Holy Spirit comforter to human hearts and the holiness of the Lord Jesus are in essence one. The promise of the new covenant in Christ Jesus was given by the Holy Spirit Comforter. Jeremiah 31.31-32a,33b stated, "'The days are coming,' declares the Lord, 'when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people." This new covenant from Jesus was not going to be written on parchment or stone tablets but was inscribed on human hearts within ordinary people. Jeremiah 31.34 continued, "No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. 'For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.'" "Know the Lord" is to be our plea today.

Ordinary People

Dove Of FireJesus knew that he was to introduce this new covenant. Isaiah 48.16b prophesied about Jesus and revealed the speaker as the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me, endowed with his Spirit." Jesus was sent on the authority of the Father with the gifts of the Holy Spirit who empowered him. Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Canadian Presbyterian minister who moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1873 wrote a beautiful hymn on this subject,
"O Holy Spirit Comforter,
Gentle and tender,
O holy and heavenly Dove,
We are yielding our hearts in surrender, We're waiting Thy fullness to prove.
O come as the heart searching fire,
O come as the sin-cleansing flood;
Consume us with holy desire,
And fill with the fullness of God."

He also wrote the endearing chorus, "Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same. All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His Name! Glory to His Name! Glory to His Name! All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His Name!"

"Holy Spirit Prophets"
by Ron Meacock

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