Message of the Day: Jesus is “God with us” in the Fullest Sense
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14, NKJV)
When the Judean king Ahaz hears of the approach of the Israelite-Syrian army, he and all his people are terrified (Isaiah 7:1-2). While Ahaz is inspecting Jerusalem’s water supply in preparation for the siege, Isaiah meets him and points out that he need not fear Israel or Syria, nor need he ask Assyria for help. God is on the side of Judah. Pekah and Rezin plan to conquer Judah and put their own king on Judah’s throne, but they will not succeed. They think they can overthrow Judah in a fiery conquest, but they are no more dangerous than the smoke from two smouldering sticks (Isaiah 7: 3-6). Israel and Syria, along with their kings, are nearing the end of their existence. If Ahaz believes God he has nothing to fear; but if he does not, nothing will save him (Isaiah 7:7-9).
God then invites Ahaz to ask for a sign as an assurance of God’s help. Ahaz responds with an attempt to appear religious, by saying that he will not put God to the test (Isaiah 7: 10-12). Whether Ahaz asks for a sign or not, God promises to give one. Ahaz will have reassurance that God is with Judah when he hears of the birth of a child whose mother has named him Immanuel (meaning ‘God with us’). The name Immanuel was meant to convince Ahaz that God could rescue him from his enemies.
Isaiah denotes simply that the birth of the child was a sign that God was with the Jews to deliver them. The Hebrews often incorporated “the name Yah;” Eleazar, “help of God:”
Jesus was the final fulfillment of this prophecy, for he was “God with us” in the fullest sense (Matt. 1:23). He is God’s help. In his divine nature, Jesus is united with us. He is the living bond of holy and most intimate fellowship between God and men from henceforth and forever.
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