The aim of this passage is to cause us to learn of the sign of the destruction of the enemies of Judah and the reception that the Messiah would receive when He came.
Samaria and Syria would be destroyed before Isaiah’s son was old enough to say “Dad” or “Mom” (Isa 8:1-10)
If we are to fear anything then is should be God that we fear.
God told Isaiah to write down the words “Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz”. and Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah would be witnesses. Later Isaiah had sexual relations with a prophetess, probably his wife, and she conceived. She gave birth to a son and God instructed Isaiah to name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz. God said that before this child had learned how to say “Father” or “Mother”, Damascus and Samaria would be plundered by the Assyrians. Because the people of Judah were leaning to making peace with Rezin, the king of Syria, and Pekah, the king of Samaria, rather than turning to God. God would destroy Israel by the Assyrian. The Assyrians would also overrun Judah to the point of almost completely destroying it. The people of the world would arm themselves and develop strategies, but they would be useless because God had come. God warned Isaiah not to think like the people who were fearful. Rather, Isaiah was to honor God as holy and fear Him only.
Luke 12:4-5 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!
What is causing you fear today? How can you turn it over to God completely?
The people of Israel would reject the Messiah and would face distress because of it but the Messiah’s disciples would be steadfast (Isa 8:11-22)
Jesus is a cause of offense to the world but is a source of refuge to those who believe in Him.
God would be both a sanctuary and a cause of offense and many people would be offended rather than find sanctuary in Him and they would be lost. The words and wonders of the Messiah would be sealed permanently in His disciples and He would wait on and put His hope in God. The Messiah and those that God would give to Him would be a sign to the world from God. The people would look to seek counsel from the dead rather than turn to the living God who is among them. They would not accept the witness of the Messiah because they have no hope. The people will find distress and as a result, have contempt toward God but there will only be more gloom and distress and anguish.
Matthew 10:34-39 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
How does your belief in Jesus Christ cause offense to those around you? What comfort do you find in this passage?