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Why do we tend to like the idea of a superhero? Is it because we realise that we cannot fight evil by ourselves? In this passage, Israel is reminded of a victorious battle from their history. But at the same time, the coming of a hero is promised. That hero will defeat all evil…not only once for Israel, but permanently for the whole world. Listen to this talk to hear more.

Isaiah 9: 4-6

For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
    you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
    the bar across their shoulders,
    the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
    and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
    will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.