Our passage in Isaiah 9 is likely the most well-known of all the passages in Isaiah. It is a beautiful messianic prophecy that was partially fulfilled at the birth of Christ, and will be ultimately fulfilled at the Second Coming. How amazing that will be - when the government will be on His shoulder, and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, and the increase of His government and of peace will be never ending, and His throne will be established forever! What a glorious day (and eternity) that will be!
The sovereignty of God is also clearly on display here. God uses human evil for His own just purposes, He can use sin for judgment and His own glory - as He did with Assyria who was a mere tool in the hand of God. And yet, God always preserves His remnant people.
Our Isaiah passage reminded me of the phrase "You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice". Rejecting God, rejecting Jesus, comes at a price, and it will be paid.
Ultimate rejection of Jesus, or persistently attributing to Satan what is accomplished by the power of God is the unforgivable sin. It is the hardening of your own heart past the point of no return. But we don't know when this point arrives and should never give up on someone - only God knows the heart.
A perfect example of this is Jesus' own family. They thought He was crazy at this point, but we know that later on several of His family members later do come to faith in Him. We must continue to pray faithfully for our friends and family who seem so far from God.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Isaiah 11-13, Mark 4:1-20