Message of the Day: God’s Presence Reassured
Text: Isaiah 7:13-17
Key Verse: Isaiah 7:14
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (NKJV)
This is spoken of as a “sign” intended to give the skeptical Ahaz assurance of speedy deliverance. Whether Ahaz asks for a sign or not, God promises to give one. A “sign” is a miracle that is performed to provide evidence for the truth. Ahaz will have reassurance that God is with Judah when he hears of the birth of a child whose mother has named him Immanuel (‘God with us’). By the time this child is two or three years old, Israel and Syria will be powerless to trouble Judah further. But at the same time Judah will be troubled by a different enemy, the nation of Assyria. There will be extensive damage, particularly to the farmlands. Crops will be ruined and the people will have to rely on animals and insects for their food.
The “sign” would happen in the immediate future in David’s family (Ahaz’s own household). It is a case of blending pictures that are on the near and the far horizons, as is so frequent in the prophets. This Messiah is the Immanuel, ‘God with us’, and he was pictured in the child born in Ahaz’s day. Isaiah is talking to Ahaz of signs in his own family—the house of David—God projects before his mind an image of a greater sign yet to occur in David’s family: the virgin birth of the greater Son of David Himself.
The eternal God comes to dwell among humankind in the person of Jesus Christ, the mighty Messiah-King, the great descendant of David, who brings everlasting peace and rules with justice for ever.
Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.
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