For the next several weeks we will be studing prophesies from the writer Isaiah. Scholars believe that the book of Isaiah was probably composed from the words of several prophets. Even with that, the writings clearly show a prophetic voice speaking to Israel as they are about to go into exile and as they are exiled.
Don't forget--"prophetic" in this case doesn't exactly mean predicting or pointing to the future. It mostly means that they will speak to issues of justice in their own society. Mostly prophets pointed out what was going on wrong in society and that there would be consequences to their actions. Yes, in these cases we believe the writings may have pointed to Jesus, but they could also just be speaking to the time period. Let us read the passages from Isaiah thinking with both minds!
This week's passage is the Word of God speaking to Ahaz. Ahaz was king of Judah, and mentioned in Matthew's Geneology of Jesus. At this point, what we think of as Israel was in fact two kingdoms. Israel in the North and Judah in the South. They had a bitter rivalry. Ahaz was an evil king who was cruel and worshipped other Gods. However, his son Hezikiah was widely revered and loved. The final words of verse 9 are poignant, "If you do not stand firm in faith, you shall not stand at all."
This Week's Assignment:
1) Read Isaiah 7:10-25 twice.
2) Put it down and pray over it.
3) Read it again and answer the questions below!
1) What verses seem to speak directly to the time--to King Ahaz?
2) What verses seem to point to Jesus?
3) What makes you believe that these verses point to a Messiah? Or what makes you think they don't?
4) Do you believe its a good idea to ask the Lord for signs? Why or why not?
5) What part of the passage was most interesting or insiteful to you?
6) Is this study working? Has it been helpful?
God--Open our eyes so that we may see your truths! Let us not forget your love and your Word to us!