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The Prophet’s Candle – first Sunday in Advent! How did Isaiah know SEVEN HUNDRED YEARS before JESUS was born the area HE would come from?

I had this insight at church today and I had to blog about this – remember if I blog, I blog for God!

Isaiah 9:1-2 says these words (KJV):

“Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more greivously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:  they dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Most scholars would agree Isaiah was written between 700 BC and 500 BC.  (I believe the entire book was written by one person at one time about 700 BC):

Tradition ascribes the book to Isaiah himself, but for over a hundred years scholars have divided it into three parts: Proto-Isaiah (chapters 1–39), containing the words of the 8th century BCE prophet and 7th century BCE expansions; Deutero-Isaiah (chapters 40–55), a 6th century BCE work by an author who wrote towards the end of the Babylonian captivity; and Trito-Isaiah (chapters 56–66), composed probably by multiple authors in Jerusalem shortly after the exile.[1][2][3][4]:pp. 558–562

The Dead Sea Scrolls contain a work that is almost the entire book of Isaiah (The Isaiah Scroll) copied before Jesus was born:

The Great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsaa) is one of the original seven Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Qumran in 1947. It is the largest (734 cm) and best preserved of all the biblical scrolls, and the only one that is almost complete. The 54 columns contain all 66 chapters of the Hebrew version of the biblical Book of Isaiah. Dating from ca. 125 BCE, it is also one of the oldest of the Dead Sea Scrolls, some one thousand years older than the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible known to us before the scrolls’ discovery.

The New Testament says in Luke 4 (among other places) that Jesus is from Galilee:

“And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee:…” (KJV)

So the question is:  How did the prophet Isaiah know about a person who lived hundreds of years later?  Could it all be a cunning story to deceive people?  If it was, the original disciples got almost no human recognition or wealth from it.  It was a magnificent failure from a worldly standpoint.

I cannot prove Jesus is the Messiah or the Saviour of the World; if so, where is faith?  “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1 [KJV])  But the Bible says we all will live forever, in either heaven or hell.  I would invite my readers who are not yet followers of Christ to consider the claims of Jesus Christ, the Light of the Gentiles.  To learn more about Jesus, go here!

 

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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