|Isaiah 7 |
1 And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.
2 And the house of David [Judah] was informed when told, "Syria is allied with Ephraim." And Ahaz's heart was moved, and the heart of his people trembled like the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go forth now to meet Ahaz, you and Shearjashub your son, at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool in the highway of the Fuller's Field.
4 And say to him, "Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear, neither be faint hearted regarding the two tails of these smoking firebrands, which is the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria and of the son of Remaliah.
5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against you, saying,
6 'Let us go up against Judah, and terrify it; and let us make a divide in it for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal.'"
7 Thus says the Lord GOD, "It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within sixty five years Ephraim will be broken so they are no longer a people.
9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established."
10 Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying,
11 "Ask a sign of the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above."
12 But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD."
13 And Isaiah said, "Hear now, O house of David: Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.1
15 Butter and honey shall he eat so he may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.
16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that you abhor shall be forsaken of both her kings.
17 The LORD shall bring upon you, and upon your people, and upon your father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria."
18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
19 And they shall come, and shall all rest in the desolate valleys, in the holes of the rocks, upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
20 In the same day the Lord shall shave with a razor that has been hired from them beyond the river by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the legs; and it shall also consume the beard.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day that a man shall keep alive a young cow and two sheep;
22 And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat curds; so everyone who is left in the land will eat curds and honey.
23 And it shall come to pass in that day that wherever there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver coins, there shall only be briers and thorns.
24 Men with arrows and bows will come there because all the land will be filled with briers and thorns.
25 And on all hills that were previously dug with the hoe, none shall come there the fear of briers and thorns; but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen to pasture and where sheep tread.
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1 Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. This is the prophecy of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, to be called Immanuel, meaning "God with us." Notice, God said: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign." This was a clear statement for all the Jewish scholars to watch for, but the Jews missed it entirely, thinking it to be impossible to have happened to the carpenter's son, Jesus; thinking Jesus to be uneducated, not like themselves who were educated. For the LORD has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes and the prophets; and has covered your rulers, the seers. And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is learned, saying, "Read this, I pray you," and he says, "I cannot, for it is sealed. Isa 29:10-11.
they shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted means, God with us."God with us means, Jesus, the Word of God, dwells in your heart so that you can hear and obey His teachings and commands: thus to have your heart and soul purified by His grace.
The following is how Christ in you, the hope of glory, Col 1:27, is fully formed in us to be with us:
We listen in silence and the words we hear him speak to us are Spirit and impart the life of God to us, John 6:63;
which life of God is Christ, John 1:5,14:6, so that Christ is formed within you, Gal 4:19.
Until finally Christ is fully formed and actually resurrected in you. 2 Cor 4:14, Col 2:11-12,3:1, Eph 2:5-6, Rom 8:11
You then see Christ, the glory of God, appear in your heart and witness him bringing your salvation and eternal life.
This is the meaning of God with us, Immanuel. He really does wish to be with us: to dwell in us and walk in us: to be our true Lord guiding us with words to speak and works to His glory:
I will dwell in them, And walk in them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people. 2 Cor 6:16
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith..that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Eph 3:17-19
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