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John B Kendrew

commented on Dec 23, 2013

Powerful!This brought tears to my eyes.

Simon Sinnasamy Sandanam

commented on Dec 24, 2013

GOD WITH US MEANS ,IT IS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WITH US AND THERE IS NO CHRISTMAS ACCORDING TO BIBLE WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD

commented on Dec 24, 2013

When God is with the people, there?s protection for them. They?re being blessed. They are the elect people that he?s with. So the name Immanuel symbolizes an elect category of people. And we?ll see that as we go on, in the next few verses, how that name is symbolic in that sense, and also as it is in chapter eight. We tend to isolate this verse from the context of chapters seven and eight. And by isolating it we neglect those other meanings, there, that are relevant to this verse. But the name, Immanuel, means ?God is with us.? Now, I know that commentators, like Matthew, the evangelist, in the New Testament, apply these verse to Christ. And certainly, on the spiritual ladder, Christ is at the apex. However, there are other Messianic roles, or other Messianic characters, beginning with king David, himself, who are below Christ, who typify Christ, they typify Christ. In the context in which this prophecy is given it had to have meaning to Ahaz, something relevant and historical to his day. If not, it would be just like saying, well, I?m going to give you a sign up on the moon, and you can?t be there right now, you can?t see it but there?s going to be something happening there. You might as well say something like that, that far removed in time. It wouldn?t have any meaning to king Ahaz, because the nature of Hebrew prophecy is that it can have several levels of fulfillment. At the first level of fulfillment, the most pertinent one to king Ahaz would have to be something that would happen in his own day. And we?ll see how that?s fulfilled historically. It is fulfilled, historically, in king Hezekiah, son of king Ahaz. He is the Immanuel spoken of, on a historical level, because he is the righteous vassal king, or the righteous servant, or son of the Lord that fulfills

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