God Gives A Sign

Pastor's Ponderings IllustrationBible Readings for the day: Isaiah 5:8-8:10, 2 Corinthians 7:2-16, Psalm 105:23-36
Meditational Reading: Isaiah 7:1-4, 10-16
1  In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not yet mount an attack against it.
2  When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with Ephraim,” the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.
3  And the LORD said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field.
4  And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah.
10  Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
11  “Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”
12  But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.”
13  And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?
14  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
15  He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.
16  For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted.

The scriptural keys to understanding today’s meditational reading:

2 Kings 16:5-9
5  Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, came up to wage war on Jerusalem, and they besieged Ahaz but could not conquer him.
6  At that time Rezin the king of Syria recovered Elath for Syria and drove the men of Judah from Elath, and the Edomites came to Elath, where they dwell to this day.
7  So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son. Come up and rescue me from the hand of the king of Syria and from the hand of the king of Israel, who are attacking me.”
8  Ahaz also took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD and in the treasures of the king’s house and sent a present to the king of Assyria.
9  And the king of Assyria listened to him. The king of Assyria marched up against Damascus and took it, carrying its people captive to Kir, and he killed Rezin.

Matthew 1:20-25
20  But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21  She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
22  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23  “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
24  When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,
25  but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Today’s Pondering

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