“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 7, “The Sign Of Immanuel,” III

Christian Living

“Jesus Christ The Messiah.”  Hallelujah!

“You Have Won The Victory,” Full Gospel Baptist Church

“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton 

Firebrands – Those passionate for a cause. 

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Dross – Scum Skimmed From The Surface of Silver 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“The Sign Of Immanuel,” lll, Isaiah 7:14) Therefore The Lord Himself Shall Give You A Sign; Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive, And Bear A Son, And Shall Call His Name Immanuel.  Luke 1:35.  15) Butter and Honey Shall He Eat, That He May Know To Refuse The Evil, And Choose The Good.

John Gill’s Exposition of The Bible – v14, Therefore The Lord Himself Shall Give You A Sign  Whether they would ask one or not; a Sign both in Heaven and earth, namely, The Promised Messiah; who being The Lord From Heaven, would take flesh of a virgin on earth; and Who as man, being buried in the heart of the earth, would be Raised From Thence, and Ascend Up Into Heaven; and Whose Birth, though it was to be many years after, was a Sign of Present Deliverance to Judah from the confederacy of the two kings of Syria and Israel; and of future safety, since it was not possible that this kingdom should cease to be one until The Messiah Was Come, Who Was To Spring From Judah, and be of the house of David; wherefore by how much the longer off was His Birth, by so much the longer was their safety. Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive, And Bear A Son;  this is not to be understood of Hezekiah, the son of Ahaz, by his wife, as some Jewish writers interpret it; by observing that Hezekiah was nine years old when his father began to reign, and this being, as he says, the fourth year of his reign, he must be at this time (be) thirteen years of age; and besides, his mother could not be called a “virgin”: and for the same reason it cannot be understood of any other son of his either by his wife, or by some young woman; moreover, no other son of his was ever lord of Judea, as this Immanuel is represented to be, in ( Isaiah 8:8 ) nor can it be interpreted of Isaiah’s wife and son; since the Prophet could never call her a “virgin”, who had bore him children, one of which was now with him; nor indeed a “young woman”, (neither)  “the prophetess”, as in ( Isaiah 8:3 ) nor was any son of his king of Judah, as this appears to be, in the place before cited: but The Messiah Is Here Meant, Who Was To Be Born Of A Pure Virgin; As The Word here used signifies in all places where it is mentioned, as ( Genesis 24:43 ) ( Exodus 2:8 ) ( Psalms 68:25 ) ( Song of Solomon 1:3 ) ( 6:8 ) and even in ( Proverbs 30:19 )  see  (Deuteronomy 22:28 ) to which may be added, that not only the Evangelist Matthew renders the word by (paryenov) , “a virgin”; but the Septuagint interpreters, who were Jews, so rendered the word hundreds of years before him; and best agrees with the Hebrew word, which comes from the root (Mle) , which signifies to “hide” or “cover”; virgins being covered and unknown to men; and in the eastern country were usually kept recluse, and were shut up from the public company and conversation of men: And Now This Was The Sign That Was To Be Given, And A Miraculous One It Was, That The Messiah Should Be Born Of A Pure And Incorrupt Virgin; and therefore a “Behold” is prefixed to it, as a note of admiration; and what else could be this Sign Or Wonder? not surely that a young married woman, either Ahaz’s or Isaiah’s wife, should be with child, which is nothing surprising, and of which there are repeated instances every day; nor was it that the young woman was unfit for conception at the time of The Prophecy, which was the fancy of some; for The Sign or Wonder does not lie in The Truth of The Prophet’s Prediction, but in The Greatness of The Thing Predicted; much less can The Wonder Be, That This Child Should Eat butter and honey, as soon as it was born; since nothing is more natural to, and common with young children, than to take down any kind of liquids which are sweet and pleasant.And Shall Call His Name Immanuel;  which is, by interpretation, “God With Us”, ( Matthew 1:23 ) Whence It Appears That The Messiah Is Truly God, As Well As Truly Man: The Name Is Expressive Of The Union Of The Two Natures, Human And Divine, In Him; Of His Office As Mediator, Who, Being Both God And Man, Is Between Both; Of His Converse (Conversation) with men on earth, And Of His Spiritual Presence With His People. See ( John 1:14 ) ( 1 Timothy 3:16 ) .

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary –  v14, The Sign Would Be Chosen By God Himself.  The Word Lord Speaks Of The Sovereignty Of God, Of His Great Control Over All His Creation.  The Pronoun Himself Adds An Absolute To The Impending Sign.  The Hebrew word rendered virgin means “a young of marriageable age.”  But the Septuagint translates the Hebrew word with a Greek word that specifically means virgin.  v15, Curds and honey represent the Judean’s simple diet after the Assyrian invasion.  Thus The Child, similar to Isaiah’s son Shear-Jashub (see v. 3), would be identified with the Remnant.

Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary – v10-16, Secret disaffection to (or, being dissatisfied with) God is often disguised with the color of Respect To Him; and those who are Resolved that they Will Not Trust God, yet pretend they will not Tempt Him (are wrong).  The Prophet reproved Ahaz and his court, for the little value they had for Divine Revelation.  Nothing is more Grievous To God Than Distrust, but the Unbelief Of Man shall not  make The Promise Of God Of No Effect;  The Lord Himself Shall Give A Sign.  How great soever your distress and danger; Of You The Messiah Is To Be Born, and you cannot be destroyed while That Blessing Is In You.  It Shall Be Brought To Pass In A Glorious Manner; and the strongest consolations in time of trouble are Derived (Given) From Christ, Our Relation To Him, Our Interest In Him, Our Expectations Of Him and From Him.  He (Christ) Would Grow Up like other children, by the use of the diet of those countries; But He Would, unlike other children, Uniformly Refuse The Evil and Choose The Good.  And Although His Birth Would Be By The Power Of The Holy Ghost, Yet He Should Not Be Fed With Angels’ Food.  Then follows a Sign Of The Speedy Destruction Of The Princes, now a terror to Judah.  “Before This Child,” so it may be read.  “this child which I have now in my arms” (Shear-jashub, the Prophet’s own son, ver 3), shall be three or four years older, these enemies shall be forsaken of both their kings.  The Prophecy Is So Solemn, The Sign Is So Marked, As Given By God Himself after Ahaz rejected the offer, that it must have raised hopes far beyond what the present occasion suggested.  And, If The Prospect Of The Coming Of The Divine Saviour Was Of Never-Failing Support To The Hopes Of Ancient Believers, What Cause Have We To Be Thankful That The Word Was Made Flesh!  May We Trust In And Love Him, And Copy His Example.     


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