The opening words of Isaiah’s message reiterate an essential element in ascertaining spiritual understanding, that of belief.
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The thinking of mankind is not on the same plane as divine thought. In that truth Christians can take great comfort, for Scripture states concerning God … "For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa 55:8-9 NIV). Those who by faith have placed their trust in the finished work of Christ on the Cross need not depend on their own understanding to be the directive and guide in life.
An admonition is given to all Christians by the Apostle Paul … “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5a NASB). The mindset spoken of is seen as Christ takes upon Himself the form and appearance of humanity and submits to the creature that He created as He goes to the Cross.
In the third lesson on Christ, our Substitute, the prophet Isaiah was addressing the nation of Israel concerning the coming of Messiah. He would be a glorious king and a suffering servant. His prophecy covered two distinct periods of human history. The first is known as the incarnation, the coming of the God-Man into human history.