Summary: An exposition of Isaiah 7
God is With Us
Stay Strong vs. 1-9
God is With Us vs. 10-17
A Coming Day vs. 18-25
Read Isaiah 7:1-4
Transition: King Ahaz
Isaiah had a vision of God on the throne
Now God wants to show us how He is in the midst of what's going on as well
Ahaz was a wicked king of Judah, worshipping other gods and even sacrificing his son to Molech
The only good thing Ahaz seemed to do was father Hezekiah, who became a good king of Judah.
He was a cowardly, superstitious and hypocritical ruler, one of the worst kings Judah ever had.
As we open Isaiah 7 Ahaz is in a pickle
Syria, not to be confused with Assyria, and Israel want to depose Ahaz and put in another king
The reason for this is that they want Judah to join them in combating Assyria
Well Ahaz has two options, join the rebel forces or partner with Assyria
Neither one are optimum or what God wants
But because Ahaz is wicked he doesn’t consider seeking God
So God sends Isaiah to give Ahaz a third option… Trust in Him
Through this we see that God is in the middle of what we are doing
One of the words for God is Jehovah
Jehovah is a latin pronunciation of the Hebrew Yahweh
You will often hear names for God using Jehovah
Jehovah Jireh means God is my provider
Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
The Lord is in our midst… that is what we see this morning
Not only is God high and lifted up on the throne but he is in the middle of our lives as well
This morning I want you to understand that God is with you
Stay Strong vs. 1-9
Because God is with us he wants to tell us to stay strong
Israel and Syria are attacking Judah but can’t prevail
But because of this threat the people of Judah are trembling with fear
Isaiah describes them as tree shaking in the wind
So God sends Isaiah with a simple message… Stay Strong, do not fear
vs. 1-2 The Fear of Attack
King Ahaz and his people reacted with fear instead of with trust in God.
They are shaken and unstable in their hearts
In this, the people of Judah really are the people of Ahaz, not the people of the LORD.
God was not shaken or unsettled by this threat.
If the king of Judah and the people of Judah had put their trust in the LORD, they would have had the peace of God in this conflict.
Ps 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
So many times we are gripped with fear when God has peace waiting for us
How do we grab hold of the peace and let go of the fear?
vs. 3-6 Don’t Give Up Hope
It’s a matter of what we put our hope in
God shows us how he is in the middle of what we are doing
Notice that God is very specific on where he is sending Isaiah
Ahaz is at the pool on the highway to the Fuller’s field
God knows where we are at at all times… he doesn’t lose us
God also does something interesting, he sends Isaiah’s son with him
You and Shear-Jashub your son:
He brought his son as a walking object lesson, because the name Shear-Jashub means, “A Remnant Shall Return.”
So God sends Isaiah directly to Ahaz with a reminder that a remnant will survive His judgment
Finally he tells Ahaz Be quiet, do not fear
Basically God is telling an ungodly man to stop complaining and focus on him
This is so important
We can be so focused on our problems that we won’t look to God for our solution
Ex 14:13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today
Ahaz saw Israel and Syria as a huge problem
But God saw them as smoldering stubs… all smoke and no fire
Like a chihuahua, all bark and no bite
God looks at our problems differently
He is above our problems and involved in them at the same time
Ahaz needed to trust God, and take courage in the LORD (do not fear or be fainthearted).
Why was it so hard for Ahaz to trust the Lord?
Because he didn’t see the situation the way the LORD did.