“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).”
Isaiah 7:14 New Living Translation
At this time in Biblical history, Israel was split into a Northern & Southern kingdom; Israel to the North, Judah to the South. Judah’s king was Ahaz. Pekah was the king of Israel. Pekah aligned with Syria to invade & destroy Judah. When Ahaz heard this he was terrified. The prophet Isaiah brought the word of the Lord to Ahaz and in spite of God’s promise to thwart Pekah’s intentions, Ahaz sought to protect himself by buying Assyria’s allegiance. God’s said something very telling to Ahaz thru Isaiah: “Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand.”
The prophecy in today’s verse had a two-fold fulfillment. 1) An unwed woman in the house of Ahaz would marry & bear a child. Once the child was 2 years old both Ahaz & King Rezin of Syria would be no more. 2) It also points to the birth of the Christ child who would offer redemption to all who would believe.
All men place their faith in something or someone. Those who would be Christians place their faith in a holy & righteous God. Those who shun what they consider ‘religion’, place their faith in a variety of other things. To the believer and the spiritual fence sitter, God is saying, “Unless your faith is firm, I cannot help you”. To the non-believer, he is saying, “Unless your faith is placed in me & me alone, I cannot save you.” Christ came to set men free from a lifetime of sinning, but if they refuse to listen & act on this call their is no hope for them. And a life without hope is no life at all. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: www.biblegateway.com; The Life Application Study Bible.