Daily D – Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel. (CSB)
The king was in crisis. The nation was on the verge of destruction. Every sign pointed to catastrophe. Listen to verse 2 in this chapter:
The northern kingdom of Israel had fallen. Judah was the next target. When all appeared lost, when there was no hope, God stepped in to speak truth and peace. Listen to verse 7:
God in his goodness and kindness spoke words of truth and hope to the king. He even invited King Ahaz to ask for a sign (verse 11). God said, “it can be as deep as Sheol or as high as heaven.”
Ahaz went all pretentiously pious and replied, “I will not ask. I will not test the LORD,” (verse 12). King Ahaz tried the patience of people and God (verse 13).
Maybe we should not be too hard on him. After all, Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened,” (Matthew 7:7, 8).
How frequently do we ask, seek, and knock?
King Ahaz would not ask for a sign. God gave him one anyway. “See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.” God’s word to Ahaz was that his current problem would cease to be a problem in a few months. In fact, this promise would be doubly fulfilled. Turn to Matthew 1:23, 24 for the rest of the story.
Joseph is pondering how to put away his wife to be when God interrupted and explained the situation (Matthew 1:20, 21). Verses 22 and 23 declare the double fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14. Verse 24 tells us the meaning of the name Immanuel: “God with us.”
We can thank God for how he comes to us when we cannot in our own strength get to him. Christmas is the love, grace, and mercy of God on full display for all to see.
Every baby is a reminder there is hope and a future for those who know God. Our Father in heaven’s most precious gift came the way we all arrived. Jesus was a prophecy fulfilled, a promise kept.
I will thank God for coming to us when we could not get to him.
Our Father, you made a promise. You kept it. You came to us when we could not get to you. Our sin created a barrier. Your love, your gift of your son, tore down that wall. Thank you for loving us so completely. Display your love through our lives for all to see. Amen.
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Jeremiah 18:1-4 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Philippians 1:4-6 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 17:7, 8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)