Immanuel, destruction of Judah’s enemies, and the coming of Assyria (Isaiah 7:1‐25)

The aim of this passage is to cause us to learn of the prophecy regarding the destruction of Syria and Israel, the sign of Immanuel and the coming of the Assyrian’s to trouble Judah.

Ahaz is encouraged to not fear Syria and Israel because the two nations would be destroyed (Isa 7:1-9)

Man’s relationship with God is based on faith.

When Ahaz was king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the king of Israel waged war on Jerusalem but were unable to gain victory. Judah was terrified by this alliance made up of Syria and Israel. God sent Isaiah and his son to Ahaz at a particular place with the message that Ahaz should not fear that Rezin and Pekah had decided to come and terrify Judah, conquer it and install a person named Tabeel to be king of Judah. God declared that these plans would not be successful because in 65 years Ephraim, another name for Israel, would no longer be a nation. He urged Ahaz to be firm in faith or otherwise he would not be established.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Other than faith, what do you believe that you can offer God?

God speaks of the sign of Immanuel and the destruction of the land by the Assyrians (Isa 7:10-25)

Only God can see the future clearly and reveal it to us.

God told Ahaz to ask for whatever sign he desired to confirm that this would happen but Ahaz refused to ask for a sign. God was not pleased by Ahaz’s refusal and He said that He would give Ahaz a sign. The sign would be that a virgin would give birth to a child who would be named Immanuel. This child would feed on a diet of coagulated milk and honey before he reached and age where he could refuse what is evil and choose what is good. Before the child reached this age, Syria and Israel would be deserted.

God would also bring Assyria against Judah and it would be a time of great trouble. God would call the Egyptians and the Assyrians and they would fill the whole land. Using Assyria, God would bring destruction to the people. The people would not cultivate the land but will keep a few animals and live on coagulated milk and honey. Fertile farmland would be a wilderness and a place for hunting and grazing livestock.

Isaiah 41:21-24  Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob. Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come. Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do harm, that we may be dismayed and terrified. Behold, you are nothing, and your work is less than nothing; an abomination is he who chooses you.

How does the knowledge that God knows the future affect your faith in Him?

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