The sign of Immanuel is truly wonderful. Judah was delivered within the period a child grew from birth to an age of understanding right from wrong from her enemies. This fulfilment of the prophecy was the shadow of the greater deliverance that arrived with the birth of Jesus – our Immanuel (means: God with us) in a very unique way.
This passage is during the reign of Ahaz, the 3rd of the 4 kings that Isaiah’s ministry covered.
Ahaz is a bad seed. But even so, God saves Israel from their enemies.
And we have this wonderful prophesy placed here, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
IMMANUEL! God With Us!
What’s interesting is that this statement from God comes directly after the weakness and faithLESSness of Ahaz. God tells Ahaz to ask for a sign of the coming salvation, Ahaz says he will not put the Lord to the test.
On the outset this seems like a good response right? Jesus Himself says that it is an evil and adulterous generation who asks for a sign (Matthew 12 v39, 16 v4), and in both the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 6 v16) and the New (Matthew 4 v7) we read that we are not to put God to the test.
How do we know this is a faithless response from Ahaz?
Because of God’s words that come immediately, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?”
God has clearly given us the most important sign, that of Jonah – Jesus on the cross, dead in the grave, and then on the third day risen! Death conquered, the grave defeated!
* Dear God, thank You for Jesus, that His birth was the heralding of Immanual, YOU WITH US!
Thank You for the signs and wonders He did here on earth, that they reveal You, Your power and sovereignty.
And Thank You for the most important sign, of Your grace and mercy, Your love to us – That at the cross He bore our shame, the curse of our sin, so that we could be free, sons of God with a full inheritance in glory.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!