-In the days of Ahaz, king of Judah, who succeeded Jotham, when Rezin, king of Aram, and Pekah, king of Israel went up to Jerusalem to wage war on it, the LORD spoke to Isaiah to give a word that the city of Judah take care, be calm, and have no fear or faintheartedness. He was against these “two stubs of smoldering firebrands” who were angry and terrorizing. God says through His prophet that their plans simply will not stand up or come to pass. God tells them to believe, or they themselves will not last. In other words, He, the LORD, is with them so trust in Him completely without fretting (Isaiah 7:1-9).
-Then, the LORD again spoke to Ahaz telling him to ask for a sign from the LORD that was deep as Sheol and as high as Heaven. Ahaz, knowing the law of God, but denying the LORD’s direct request, makes an excuse declaring that he will not ask or test the LORD in this matter. The LORD responds that this king of the house of David is trying the patience of men and God as well. “Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His Name Immanuel (God is with us). This Messiah will refuse evil and choose good, and before this ever happens the land of these two troublesome kings that Judah dreads will be forsaken (Isaiah 7:10-16). While there will be times of trial, tribulation, and occupation ahead for Judah, the LORD will prevail with His plan for salvation that is coming to the earth through His Messiah, Jesus Christ incarnate (Isaiah 7:17-25). *Application* Our great need in times of trouble is security without fear or trepidation. God gives us His peace in these times through His Word by His Holy Spirit. Trust in Him to take care of you. Believe in Him to release you from fear and keep you calm in dangerous times and situations. Don’t let your heart ever become fainthearted. Instead, cling to the promises that are on the way, even if they may seem soooo far off. Messiah would come, born of a virgin, called “God with us” to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). Hang on, help is always on the way, and God WILL take care of you!
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 7:14