Every single day we make choices that show whether we are courageous or cowardly. We choose between the right thing and the convenient thing, sticking to a conviction or caving in for the sake of comfort, greed or approval. We choose either to take a carefully thought-out r … More
To understand the geography of this political situation you must remember that Assyria was north of Syria, which was north of Israel, which was north of Judah, with Jerusalem as its capital. During the reign of the pagan King Ahaz of Judah the Northern Kingdom (Syria and Ephraim) tried to pressure Judah into an alliance against Assyria but Ahaz refused to join them (vv. 1-2). This was because he had secretly made a treaty with Assyria before this. At this point the Lord sent Isaiah to warn Ahaz against this alliance with the very nation that would eventually invade Judah (vv. 3-7).
Instead of trusting the Lord, Ahaz, one of Judah’s worst kings, continued to put his trust in Assyria (vv. 8-12). If he had believed God’s promise that Judah would be spared he would have called a prayer meeting. When the king refuses to listen Isaiah gives a prophecy to the whole house of David concerning Jesus Christ (v. 13). This prophecy tells how Jesus had to be born of a virgin, apart from human generation, which was fulfilled through Mary many years later (v. 14).
Faith in God’s promises just as in Isaiah’s day, is the only way for you and me to find peace in the midst of trouble.
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Isaiah 5:8-25Woes That Isaiah Pronounced on Judah
Isaiah 5:26-30Foreign Nations Will Attack
Isaiah 6:1-13Isaiah Called to be a Prophet
Isaiah 7:1-25The Immanuel Prophecy
Isaiah 8:1-22Fear God and Head His Word
Isaiah 9:1-7The Government of the Promised Son
Isaiah 9:8-21The Punishment of Israel
Isaiah 10:1-19Arrogant Assyria is Judged
Isaiah 10:20-34The Returning Remnant of Israel