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Sign of Immanuel

The first of three Isaiah sermons for Christmas 2013

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Sign of Immanuel

  1. 1. Isaiah 7:1-25
  2. 2. “All this took place to fulfill what the LORD had said through the prophet:The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel – which means ‘God with us.’”
  3. 3. “All this took place to fulfill what the LORD had said through the prophet:The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel – which means ‘God with us.’”
  4. 4. The virgin birth of IMMANUEL is all at once historically real, prophetically realized and powerfully relevant.
  5. 5. • The people were in a CRISIS.(1-2a) – Ahaz was a wicked king who did not follow God. (7:1) – There were other wicked kings engaged in allied war and siege against Jerusalem. (7:1-2)• The people were in a PANIC.(2b) – The crisis and its ominous potential terrified everyone. (7:2)
  6. 6. • God sent two men to Ahaz (3) – Isaiah = Jehovah is salvation – Shear-Jashub = a remnant will return – The two men met Ahaz at the conduit at the pool
  7. 7. • God sent two men to Ahaz (3)• God sent two messages to Ahaz – “I am in CHARGE and have another plan.” (7) – “Do you TRUST Me?” (9)
  8. 8. Faith is trusting God with the valve handle
  9. 9. • God offers to give any sign to Ahaz, but Ahaz refuses. (7:10-12) – God sees through this pious pretension. – Isaiah sees through it too. – God gave a sign through a pure conduit.
  10. 10. Security is built on the Presence ofOne who is greater
  11. 11. • God offers to give any sign to Ahaz, but Ahaz refuses. (7:10-12)• God’s unsolicited sign was a little baby with a big name. (7:13-17) – Immanuel = “God with us” – “God with us” points to His Presence
  12. 12. Matthew sees a secondlonger range fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy – only under Holy Spirit inspiration can Matthew have such insights – Isaiah is not the only prophet to speak such telescopic prophecies
  13. 13. • OT Immanuel • NT Immanuel – A royal house – A working class contemporary family – A normal conception – A miraculous con- to a new bride ception to new bride – A special name – A special name – A sign to Ahaz – A sign to all the world A promise of deliverance through Presence
  14. 14. • it displayed God’s power and control• it identified Jesus as the Messiah• it verified the promises of presence• it circumvented the transmission of the sin nature
  15. 15. • Because of his unbelief, the very thing that Ahaz tried to avoid came to pass. (7:18-25) – God’s judgment turned the humanly conceived “rescue plan” on its HEAD. (17b-20) – God’s judgment turned the valuable, rich, secure land into a WASTELAND. (21-25)
  16. 16. • Do not FEAR or panic.• Stand FAST in your faith.• Ask God to CONFIRM His presence with you.• FOLLOW His plan wherever it may take you.

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