Summary: Whatever the attacks, our motto that holds us up time and again is “Immanuel!” God is with us! He is with us in the person of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 8:1-10 Immanuel the Redeemer
1/21/01e D. Marion Clark
Here is an idea for the 34th Street wall. It will take up four panels, preferably the first four on the north side. Each panel would contain one word: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. Then skip down to the last panel of the wall and write Immanuel! The whole wall would then convey the message of our passage, and in one sense, of all redemptive history.
We can divide our text into three sections based on the people who are being attacked by enemies: Damascus and Samaria-Israel, then Judah, then the Church. Let’s look at the first section.
The LORD said to me, “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. 2 And I will call in Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses for me.”
3 Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. And the LORD said to me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. 4 Before the boy knows how to say ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.”
Does God know how to name a baby or what! Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. I bet he knew when he was in trouble. You know how parents will say the child’s full name: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, come here!
If life wasn’t bad enough for him, he had to have his name displayed much in the same manner I spoke of on the 34th Street wall.
The large scroll was probably a large tablet to be set up on public display. Uriah and Zechariah were to serve as “reliable witnesses,” men that the people who trust and who could vouch that the prophecy belonged to Isaiah.
To make matters worse for the kid, his name meant “quick to the plunder, swift to the spoil.”
- Other kids get names like “God will save,” which t meaning of Isaiah’s name,
- or “a remnant will return,” the meaning of his brother’s name, Shear-Jashub.
- Maher’s name signified destruction.
That was the message for Israel and Damascus.
- They would be destroyed by Assyria in the time it would take for the boy to spk.
Attention is then given to Judah.
5 The LORD spoke to me again:
6 “Because this people has rejected
the gently flowing waters of Shiloah
and rejoices over Rezin
and the son of Remaliah,
7 therefore the Lord is about to bring against them
the mighty floodwaters of the River—
the king of Assyria with all his pomp.
It will overflow all its channels,
run over all its banks
8 and sweep on into Judah, swirling over it,
passing through it and reaching up to the neck.
Its outspread wings will cover the breadth of your land,
So verses 1-4 contain a prophecy that applies to the destruction of Israel and Damascus.
- Verses 5-8 speaks of what will happen to Judah.
- She will not be destroyed, through she will face ruin.
Verse 6 gives the reason for the ruin.
- t gently flowg waters of Shiloah is a stream that breaks off of t Jordn & feeds Jer