by Christina Farris
10 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.
13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.Truth it hard to fully grasp the events taking place by one prophecy, it is the promise of the prophecy coming at a time when Israel and Judah have no king. The rule of Israel and Judah had no earthly king at the time of the Messiah. He would be born to a virgin and the impossible sign would become possible by the Holy Spirit. This sign was not so much for KIng Ahaz but for the nation. The sign for Ahaz was when he seen the destruction Israel and his own safety occuring he know the sign of virgin would come to pass. What one might fail to understand is the correlation between what is said in Genesis 49:10 and what is being told to King Ahaz in Isaiah. King Ahaz was not a religious man, but evidence to help him trust was given and it still did not help his unbelief, but he was not an evil king.
The sign being significant more then just a prophet yarn. Honey the Messiah will eat, but he would know to refuse evil and to choose good. The Messiah being perfect because of who he is Immanuel in Hebrew and Emmanuel in the Greek. Immanuel meaning God with us. God was still with the tribe of Judah though they were soon to follow Israel into exile because of their turning away from God. The events coming and being foretold to Ahaz was not enough to help Judah to repent and turn fully back to God.
God knew the state of the divided land of Israel. Judah being Northern country and Israel being the southern country. Yet these two nations though brothers, were in opposition. God was warning these two country Judah and Israel of destruction and protection and yet, neither was fully willing to listen. The remanent would return once again to Israel and the rebuilding would take place after destruction. Then the Messiah would come. The final wake up call for Israel is coming. In the form of prophecy once believed. Prophecy is becoming a tool of weighing truth in the since of large events when it effects a nation. The truth of small prophecy concerning individuals lives is only a testimony to those that witness these things and see them come to pass. This one prophecy of the Messiah comes from over 400 years before the trip back to the promise land by Israel is being reposted in the continual scripture study at the end of the page. Yet the prophecy is repeated in Isaiah. Seeing how the prophecy would come to be based on the falling away of both Israel and soon to follow would be Judah.
The falling away we see in our own time is prophetic, whether it be the great falling away only God knows. What we can only do is trust that as God reveals prophesy to ask for our eyes to be open to it and not seeing it with blinders on. Israel would see and talk to Jesus but their hearts were harden to the truth of who Jesus was. Israel would choose their own idea of peace over God's peace. We need to be aware our idea of peace may not line up with God's way of peace with man. When the final chapters stories of our world begin to unfold in our world, will we fully grasp it. I don't know. I know this it be better to have faith and trust God to prepare each of us in our heart and mind and soul as believers then to watch and wait thinking we got it all figured it out. Even with knowing the prophecies, the Priest denied who the Messiah was. One Pharisees at Christ trial asked if he was the Son of Mary. Why and how would Messiah be crucified was more then mystery to those that longed for the Messiah I do not doubt, but Isaiah speaks of Christ being lead like a sheep to the slaughter, speaking of Christ being lead to the trials and to his crucifixion.
Can we handle the prophecy of Jesus? Can we handle truth of so many years ago. Can we handle the prophecy of His return. Sometimes I wonder, then I realize God accepts me for who I am, Desires to change who I am for His glory and honor. In other words heal my wounds, make me a stronger individual by being built up in faith. God is full of grace and mercy for us. He did not call us to change from good things of our life, but to change from the evil ways of our life. If I could explain that any better I would, but I think what we must understand is God love for us is our protection from evil. Our obedience to God is for our protection. To have God with us in our heart and soul, is to know the every day experience man had with Jesus when they walked and talked with him on this earth. God wants to be welcome in all areas of our life.
Dear Heavenly Father, you know our desire to believe you and to trust you. Yet when destruction comes of the enemy, it can unnerve us, because we understand it could of been us. Lord let your hope reign in our hearts to receive your message of truth and prophecy of truth as it revealed and unfolded in our lives. Help us hold the prophesy that is afar off yet the possibility fully seen. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Genesis 49:10 KJV The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.