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September 6, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 7 (ESV)

In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not yet mount an attack against it.When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with Ephraim,” the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.

And the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field. And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah.....Continue Reading

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  1. If you are not firm in faith,
    you will not be firm at all.’

    And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted. 17The Lord will bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father’s house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria!”

  2. We will learn in 2 Kings that Ahaz was an evil king, even though his Father and grandfather were righteous. So he knows the principles of God, but not the person of God. Yes God is not to be tested unless of course God Himself is commanding it. But Ahaz is not used to hearing God’s voice and so he cannot hear when it is crucial. That is why we always need to cultivate a relationship with God so when it is go time, we will be ready.

    Yet in the context of this account we have the famous verse 14. I believe there was a young girl in Ahaz’s court that Isaiah is alluding to here and that child would be a sign to Ahaz and Isaiah’s prophecy coming true. He would be Immanuel in a different sense…a sign of God’s presence working out His plan and His prophecy. But later, Matthew under the inspiration of the Spirit and the testimony of Jesus Himself (we can presume He talked about His virgin birth). sees another virgin, who bears the ultimate Immanuel, the actual presence of God with us. Therefore there is a close by and far off meaning for this prophecy that makes sense for Isaiah’s context as well as for the time of Jesus.

    But the main point, these guys who are threatening to attack Ahaz that Ahaz is so afraid of are nothing, and if he would just trust God, He will take care of them. Yes God has the back of those who trust and follow Him.

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