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Many tend to over look the importance and accuracy of the prophets, and in particular Isaiah. After the intense preparation of this prophet in chapter 6, God reveals some of the clearest prophetic statements about the Messiah, Jesus Christ. In chapter 7, the Lord told king Ahaz that He will “give you a sign. Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel [God with us]” (Isaiah 7:14).
While Judah was facing attacks by Ephraim, king Ahaz needed a sign that God would intervene. In response to the situation, the Lord told Ahaz, “Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint…if you are not firm in your faith, you will not be firm at all” (7:4, 9). Men and machines can never do what God will do through faith that is centered in God and His Son.
In a day when evil is rising and the future humanly seems uncertain, God is giving only one sign, HIS SON! “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak [virgin to bear a son] in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27). We must remember this principle that God has and always will use. Jesus became a mockery to king Herod and every other person in human history who has lifted up against the wisdom and knowledge of God.
The challenge we have is whether we will place obedient faith in God’s promises and join Him in His work that will transform lives from being dead to being alive in Christ.
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