[Linux4christians] Wednesday - Isaiah 7
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dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Tue Jun 28 20:14:26 EDT 2011
Ahaz Receives a Sign
7:1 During the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of
Judah, King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah son of Remaliah of Israel
marched up to Jerusalem to do battle, but they were unable to prevail
7:2 It was reported to the family of David, "Syria has allied with
Ephraim." They and their people were emotionally shaken, just as the
trees of the forest shake before the wind. 7:3 So the Lord told Isaiah,
"Go out with your son Shear-jashub and meet Ahaz at the end of the
conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field
where they wash and dry cloth. 7:4 Tell him, 'Make sure you stay calm!
Don't be afraid! Don't be intimidated by these two stubs of smoking
logs, or by the raging anger of Rezin, Syria, and the son of Remaliah.
7:5 Syria has plotted with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah to bring
about your demise. 7:6 They say, "Let's attack Judah, terrorize it, and
conquer it. Then we'll set up the son of Tabeel as its king." 7:7 For
this reason the sovereign master, the Lord, says: "It will not take
place; it will not happen.
7:8 For Syria's leader is Damascus, and the leader of Damascus is Rezin.
Within sixty-five years Ephraim will no longer exist as a nation.
7:9 Ephraim's leader is Samaria, and Samaria's leader is the son of
Remaliah. If your faith does not remain firm, then you will not remain
7:10 The Lord again spoke to Ahaz: 7:11 "Ask for a confirming sign from
the Lord your God. You can even ask for something miraculous." 7:12 But
Ahaz responded, "I don't want to ask; I don't want to put the Lord to a
test." 7:13 So Isaiah replied, "Pay attention, family of David. Do you
consider it too insignificant to try the patience of men? Is that why
you are also trying the patience of my God? 7:14 For this reason the
sovereign master himself will give you a confirming sign. Look, this
young woman is about to conceive and will give birth to a son. You,
young woman, will name him Immanuel. 7:15 He will eat sour milk and
honey, which will help him know how to reject evil and choose what is
right. 7:16 Here is why this will be so: Before the child knows how to
reject evil and choose what is right, the land whose two kings you fear
will be desolate. 7:17 The Lord will bring on you, your people, and your
father's family a time unlike any since Ephraim departed from Judah --
the king of Assyria!"
7:18 At that time the Lord will whistle for flies from the distant
streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria. 7:19 All of them
will come and make their home in the ravines between the cliffs, and in
the crevices of the cliffs, in all the thorn bushes, and in all the
watering holes. 7:20 At that time the sovereign master will use a razor
hired from the banks of the Euphrates River, the king of Assyria, to
shave the head and the pubic hair; it will also shave off the beard.
7:21 At that time a man will keep alive a young cow from the herd and a
couple of goats. 7:22 From the abundance of milk they produce, he will
have sour milk for his meals. Indeed, everyone left in the heart of the
land will eat sour milk and honey. 7:23 At that time every place where
there had been a thousand vines worth a thousand shekels will be overrun
with thorns and briers. 7:24 With bow and arrow men will hunt there, for
the whole land will be covered with thorns and briers. 7:25 They will
stay away from all the hills that were cultivated, for fear of the
thorns and briers. Cattle will graze there and sheep will trample on them.
Lord, You rule over all armies and nations, therefore You may choose
which will fail and which will have victory -- especially where it
impacts Your people. May I never fear (as a child of God) that in the
battles of life anything of significance, in the eyes of the Lord, will
go other than the way that You decide.
The news had come the king of Judah (of the former nation of Israel,
since divided into Israel and Judah) that King Rezin of Syria and King
Pekah of Israel and the nation of Ephraim (which had splintered off from
Judah) were about to attack, and they were terrified because they were
unable to resist such a combined military force.
The Lord God directed Isaiah "Go out with your son Shear-jashub and meet
Ahaz ... Tell him ... Don't be afraid! Don't be intimidated by these two
stubs of smoking logs ... It will not take place; it will not happen."
The Lord God, through Isaiah, challenged Ahaz to test His promise by
asking for a sign or even a miracle, but Ahaz refused, fearful of
testing the Lord, so He declared that Ephraim and Syria would soon be
desolate, saying "Look, this young woman is about to conceive and will
give birth to a son. You, young woman, will name him Immanuel." but
before he reached the age of accountability "... the land whose two
kings you fear will be desolate."
The people of Judah saw things only through their human eyes, and so
they were terrified, but the Lord God saw their enemies as already
defeated; indeed, destroyed.
Why might Ahaz have been so fearful of asking the Lord God for a sign or
At one moment the people of Judah were terrified and in the next they
learned that their fearful enemies were soon to be wiped from the map,
by the Lord God.
When have you been fearful of a person or situation only to have your
prayers answered and the entire threat disappear?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you today something of which you are
afraid, with legitimate cause, but which He intends to remove from your
Today I will raise grateful prayers of praise and thanks to the Lord God.
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David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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