(Genesis 25; Isaiah 60:6)
Arise and shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you (Isaiah 60:1). These prophetic words are in reference to the first coming of Israel’s Messiah- YAHSHUA. It is a calling to the nation to a bright future, the future when YAHSHUA– the Light of the world will tabernacle with them. “Arise and shine,” two key words that speak life and radiance, for the reason that the Light, Who is their Messiah, Redeemer and King was coming. The radiance of His Light will reflect His glory in His performance of miracles and healings. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light; those who dwelt in the land of intense darkness and the shadow of death, upon them has the Light shined (Isaiah 9:2). This prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 4:15-16, which reads, The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, in the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles the people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light and for those who sat in the land and shadow of death Light has dawned. John 1:5,14 confirms the fact: And the Light has shined on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it; and the word became flesh and tabernacled among us; and we saw His glory, such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace and truth. Connecting Isaiah’s prophecy to these two passages, we clearly understand that the Prophet Isaiah was referring to Israel’s Messiah YAHSHUA, the Light and the Hope of Israel. The Prophet Isaiah also prophesied concerning the Magi who were to come to bring YAHSHUA gifts and who they were: A multitude of camels shall cover you [Jerusalem], the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all the men from Sheba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense and proclaiming the praises of the Lord (Isaiah 60:6). They were none other than the descendants from Abraham with Keturah, his other wife, after Sarah died. It reads, Abraham took another wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim and Leummim. The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah (Gen. 25:1-4). Three names stand out in Isaiah’s prophecy: Midian, his son Ephah and Sheba the son of Jokshan. Their descendants were those who about seven hundred and thirty years later, came to honor the King, YAHSHUA with very expensive gifts.