Immanuel

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“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14

In the book of Isaiah, chapters 7-12 are known as the book of Immanuel (God with us) because of all the clear prophecies of Jesus the Savior.

King Ahaz of Judah, had made an alliance with Assyria to help him against the Northern tribe coming against him. God, through the prophet Isaiah, told Ahaz not to trust in this man-made alliance but to trust God only. Ahaz would not. He was afraid and turned to help from the world rather than God. God told Ahaz, “if you will not believe, you will not be established.” And he did not believe and eventually, the nation was overtaken.

Ahaz would not ask for a sign so God said he would give one Himself. And, He did! He gives  the sign of the Savior Jesus who will be born of virgin birth…he gives the Christmas story over 700 years before it happens!

Ahaz did not believe God even though a sign was given. Ahaz continued to trust in what he could see and eventually died without hope. When Jesus was born of this prophecy, God fulfilled the promise yet many did not believe and continued to put their hope in what they could see. And still today, Jesus fulfilled more of the promises and yet many still do not believe.

Where do you fit in this picture today? You may say, “I believe in Jesus” but do you really? Ahaz believed in God yet he ran to the “comforts” of the world. He said one thing but his life reflected his true heart. You may think you believe in Jesus but do you really? Is your hope in the economy? Is your hope in your 401k plan? Is your hope in your paycheck? Is your hope in a person in government? Is your life revolving around your kids or even your spouse or a loved one? If you sit back and are honest with yourself, what are the things in your life that are on your mind the most? Whatever your answer is, that is your god. Jesus is the sign, are you worshipping Him yet?

“…man is lost but not abandoned. Had men not been lost, no Savior would have been required. Had they been abandoned, no Savior would have come.”A. W. Tozer

 

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