Read Isaiah 9:1-4
The land of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali was once disgraced, but the future will bring honour to this region, from the Mediterranean eastwards to the land on the other side of the Jordan, and even to Galilee itself, where the foreigners live.
2 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
They lived in a land of shadows,
but now light is shining on them.
3 You have given them great joy,s Lord;
you have made them happy.
They rejoice in what you have done,
as people rejoice when they harvest their corn
or when they divide captured wealth.
4 For you have broken the yoke that burdened them
and the rod that beat their shoulders.
You have defeated the nation
that oppressed and exploited your people,
just as you defeated the army of Midian long ago.
The land of Zebulun and Naphtali were the lands of people who were taken captive by the Assyrian army in 733BC. Isaiah prophesies hope – a time is coming when they will see light; because God is a God of hope who delivers people from their darkness.
Loving God, give me patience to wait for your light; to know that you are coming – even when all the world seems dark and hopeless.
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