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September 7, 2018

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

Isaiah 8 (ESV)

Then the Lord said to me, “Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters, ‘Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz.’ And I will get reliable witnesses, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah, to attest for me.”

And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lordsaid to me, “Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz; for before the boy knows how to cry ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.”....Continue Reading

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  1. 11For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: 12″Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. 13But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

  2. It is interesting that Immanuel and a child that is born are mentioned in this chapter as well as chapter 7, as if this child is the one referenced in Isaiah 7 (at least for the closeup meaning of the prophecy) and just affirms my comments on chapter 7. But here Immanuel refers to God’s presence in judgement on Israel and God using Assyria to do. At this point this is a warning of what will happen that is consistent with the instruction given in Deuteronomy showing clearly what God will bless and how He will bless and what He will curse and how He will curse. And being exiled from the promised land is one of the things God says will happen if the Jews disobey. And the Northern kingdom has disobeyed from the get go.

    And the Northern kingdom is intended to be a lesson for Judah. Will they go the same way as the northern kingdom? And in that sense, God should be feared more than Israel or Aram. If they follow Him they will find blessing. If not, their land to will be made desolate.

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