Yeshayahu Nine: Light and Dark

“The people who walked in darkness, have seen a great light; those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, light shone upon them (Isaiah 9:1).” What a powerful verse. In spite of the darkness and the foreboding nature of the various prophecies and warnings, there’s still a light along the edges, and the people are never entirely submerged into dark. There are a great number of metaphors and lessons that can be extrapolated from this verse. No matter what, no matter how bad things seem, there’s never a full absence of light and goodness.

Next, we have a reference to that many say speaks about Moshiach (Messiah). “To him who increases the authority, and for peace without end, on David’s throne and on his kingdom, to establish it and to support it with justice and with righteousness; from now and to eternity, the zeal of the Lord of Hosts shall accomplish this (Isaiah 9:6).” At a time when this being takes power, a utopian peace will settle over the world. Unlike now, when any spat of peace seems fleeting, and we know it’s sadly temporary, this other-worldly peace will never go away once it’s achieved. I know so many people occupy themselves with thinking about such a concept, but I see how far away we are from something like that, if it’s even a possibility at all. It seems to me that it’s more important to focus on the small pieces of peace we can actually bring.


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