Section 1: The Prophecy
Scripture: Isaiah 7: 10-16
“Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz: “Ask for a sign from the Lord your God–From the depths of Sheol to the heights of heaven.” But Ahaz replied, “I will not ask. I will not test the Lord.” Isaiah said, “Listen, house of David! Is it not enough for you to try the patience of men? Will you also try the patience of my God? Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign. The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel. By the time he learns to reject what is good, he will be eating butter and honey. For before the boy knows to reject what is bad and choose what is good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned.”
Throughout the book of Isaiah we find prophecies that tell of Jesus’ coming through the virgin birth. But I imagine the message sounded rather cryptic to Isaiah and his audience at the time they received it. Who could fathom that the promised one would come in such a unique and humble way? It also strikes me that the sign Ahaz was seeking was in response to a current problem. He feared the kings who were moving in on his territory. Earlier in chapter 7 it says that his heart and the hearts of his people “trembled like trees of a forest shaking in a wind.” (Verse 2) Here God promises that these kings Ahaz fears so deeply will rise and fall, even as His plan continues in motion. It would be hundreds of years before the sign Ahaz sought would come to pass. As we continue to focus on the prophecy that foretold of Jesus’ life on Earth, I find my heart focused on the theme of waiting. Each one of these prophecies took so long to fulfill. How difficult it must have been to wait. It’s a reminder to us that no matter what we’re waiting for from God, we must not grow weary in the waiting. His promises are true.