What it must have been like for Isaiah to be in the Spirit gazing into the future mysteries of God we can only speculate. But he obviously saw things, and we have in his book some wonderful glimpses of the glory he saw. Isaiah 53 stands out particularly in this regard, but he presents a mystery in the passage when he notes that the suffering servant whom we know to be Jesus, does not have children. "And who will declare his generation, for he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of My people."
He had no natural children, put to death before that ever might have happened.
Yet in chapter 9 verse 6 we read another well known verse listing His names, the Wonderful Counsellor, Prince of Peace, and Everlasting Father!
Even in the chapter 53 passage at verse 10 it says He will see his seed, He will prolong His days, expressions from that day for having children.
Which brings me to the point of this Christmas ponder. While Luke's gospel presents the more human side of the events surrounding Jesus birth, Matthew handles the generational and legal aspects that qualify Jesus as the promised Messiah. And in doing so Matthew presents a genealogy with some interesting points.
He begins with Abraham, a man God has found in the heart of the ancient world known for sin and bondage, Babylon. The genealogy proceeds to David on the thrown, from bondage to the pinnacle of the kingdom in 14 generations. Then it all declines, from Solomon to the carrying away to Babylon in another 14 generations. So we go from bondage to the throne, and back into bondage. Then we go from that bondage back to Jesus the king in the final fourteen generations- but there is a little problem.
Matthew sums up that scene I just noted, but he says there are fourteen generations in that last section. But if you count, Jesus is only the 13th generation. The same Jesus who "will see His seed, will prolong His days" not with a single natural generation, but with one who spans the ages, one who is in His likeness, thousands and hopefully millions who comprise a body for His eternal life, and who with Him as their head and father have become "The anointed one," the complete Christ. It seems as the genealogy is only complete when the generation of Jesus is included, one "generation" beyond the appearance of Jesus of Nazareth in the line.
So is this the real 42nd generation? The full, final, and complete Son of God seated on the throne?
Joining Mary, pondering things in my heart! Merry Christmas!