Summary: A sermon on the signs of Jesus’ birth from Isaiah 7.
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Some say the first flight by the Wright brothers was one of the greatest invention, others say the invention of computer and internet and revolutionized the world. I would say the greatest wonder in human history is the virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is much beyond human comprehension. The virgin birth is so true that the signs and its message are written all through the Bible.
Today, we are going to study about some signs of Jesus’ birth from Isaiah 7.
In Isaiah 7, the prophet Isaiah and his boy are out for a walk together. Daddies love to take their boys for a walk. We do not know the son’s age but with what the Bible says I feel he was a small little infant in the time of his innocence. So probably he is a toddler whom Isaiah is carrying in his arms.
Isaiah was a man who was well known in his home town. Some scholars believe that Isaiah’s father might have been King Uzziah’s brother. So Isaiah knew about the palace and the leaders of that day. He was a well known man in the city of Jerusalem. As Isaiah is walking he is greeted by people on the way.
It is a not a typical father-son walk here. Isaiah was on a mission. There is a tension in the air on this day. There is great fear in this city. The king and the people are very concerned. The events are like this: The land of Judah, the Southern Kingdom of Judah has been invaded. The enemy is within the land.
Isaiah 7:2 Now the house of David was told, “Aram has allied itself with Ephraim”; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken, as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.
This enemy is their brethren to the north. The people of Israel had been divided into two nations now. There are the tribes to the north called Israel and 2 tribes to the south called Judah. So Judah had been invaded by their brethren from the north. But the worst thing is that the brethren to the north had made an alliance with the King of Syria, so two nations have come into the land of Judah. They intend to take this city. They want to split this kingdom into 2 divisions and appoint one king to be the ruler of the 2 divisions. One part will belong to Syria and one will belong to Israel. So the enemy are marching in. The king and the people are greatly disturbed.
If you look at the spiritual condition of Judah now it was not all that fine. The people of Judah had gone into sin and idolatry. Ahaz is not a good king, he has gone into idolatry, sacrificing his children to idols and now the whole land is in fear.
1. Sin brings fear.
When the people of the land depart from God, when they leave God, the peace of that land will be replaced with fear. There is going to be fear in the hearts. Sin brings a person low. That is exactly what happened here and this happens with people today also. When things are not right with man and God there tends to be fear in the hearts. There is always that dark cloud, fear of God in one’s life.
Today I do not know how many of you are sitting with fear in your heart because of your sins. Now everything may be going out of control. The enemy is all around you. You do not know what to do but if you carefully listen, God loves you and he has a word for you today.
Now Isaiah is walking with his son because God commanded him to do so. His son’s name is Shear-Jashub. The name means ‘a remnant shall return’. God is using Isaiah and his son as signs. God is trying to communicate to his people who are far from God, so God is using this father and son as a sign to revel that God still has a word for them. God cares for them and Shear-Jashub means God will make a remnant remain out of this nation.
Even to this day God is looking for faithful people so that he can use our life and our words as a message and sign to the people around us. How is our life and words today?
Isaiah 7:3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah, “Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub, to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderer’s Field. In the land of Judah was a laundry man who used to wash clothes and he owned a field. Near the field was this pool and there was a conduit, a channel of water which ran to it and apparently the king was out there with his engineers. This is a prominent place in the city. They must have been trying in some way to secure that conduit which would bring water into this pool so that with this invasion they would have water available within the city. So all are worried about supply, international relations, all concerned about what is happening.