|The Biggest Sign and Gift Given That Absolutely Free
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
|Isaiah 7:3-25 KJV
(3) Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field;
(4) And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
(5) Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,
(6) Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
(7) Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
(8) For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.
(9) And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
(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.
(17) The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.
(18) And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
(19) And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
(20) In the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.
(21) And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep;
(22) And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.
(23) And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall even be for briers and thorns.
(24) With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.
(25) And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.
Judah was a split from Israel, It was a land caused by division. The divide kingdom of Israel would cause two kings to rise up one in the North and one in the South. Ahaz was the king of Judah. Ahaz was not the first king of Judah or the last. Yet his life was during the time Israel would soon be headed toward exile. Ahaz was a king not of God, yet God would still spoke to the King by the way of the Prophet Isaiah. Godís hand was not removed from either Israel or Judah. He still spoke to both groups of tribes of Israel. If we can learn anything about this God speaks to kings whether they be godly or not. Ahaz would refuse the prophesy of God. Yet Isaiah would still give it. The prophesy was free not one to be bought or sold. Yet every day it sold and bought when we buy scripture.
There is a point I am making God speaks truth to all people not just believers and his worshippers. Our choice to deny or to receive a free prophesy from God is our choice. If it be free and we refuse the gift of prophesy then are we in error. Ahaz was definitely in error, but the prophesy given him would not take place in his life time. He would have no way of knowing the truth of such a prophesy. The revealing of it was solely for generations to come to analyze the truth there of. With that thought in mind Jesus the Christ is the Emmanuel spoken in the prophecies of Isaiah. He is the child the born by a virgin. Impossible only for those without God. God is able to perform among His people the impossible .
If God is willing to give a king such a special prophesy despite his belief one must realize it is more then just ordinary prophesy of events to come. It speaks of His Sonís coming, for Ahaz would not receive so he sent one more that was truly his voice.
Today Friday after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year. It is the day people begin to plan for the holiday rush before Christmas. Has I think of Christmas rush I have to ask, are we prepared to receive Jesus as our spiritual king and one day ruler of the earth. One day He will return to grace our planet to rule and reign, set judgment and claim His people. Jesus is the best free gift and He not for sale, but He is the gift that can be past to each generation. Have you got the greatest gift of the season in your shopping cart. Do you have the best gift in your heart from God. Receive Christ today. He is the reason for the season as well as the best free you can ever receive.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the gift of your son and for the prophecies surrounding his birth, including the virgin birth. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Matthew 1:23 KJV
(23) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.