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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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.