Friday, August 28, 2009
Isaiah 7 by Pastor Don
Isaiah, Chapter 7 has the most important prophecy in Scripture. It is challenged by unbelievers, historians and educated people, but it is fundamental to the Body of Christ. We want to see what is said and how it is said.
Isaiah Chapter 6:11-13 Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered: “Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, the houses are without a man, the land is utterly desolate, The LORD has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. But yet a tenth will be in it, and will return and be for consuming, as a terebinth tree or as an oak, whose stump remains when it is cut down. So the holy seed shall be its stump.”
Isaiah 6:11-13 set us up for what we see in chapter 7. These verses ask how long. When Isaiah was written it was not written in chapters and verses, it was a continuous scroll, so chapter 6 runs into chapter 7. Notice that it says that 1/10 of the Israelites will be in the land. And it talks about an oak tree. If you chop down an oak tree and go back to the stump a year later you will see 20-30 young oak trees taking it’s place. In the latter days, the Israelites were cut down by the Assyrians, but their root grew up. The Babylonians came in and cut them down, but there is 1/10 in the land. God leaves a remnant to return, filled with the knowledge of God.
We are special, the blessed and anointed of God.
Chapter 7:1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but could not prevail against it.
This verse sets up the time frame – the days of Ahaz, king of Judah. The king of Syria and the king of Israel went to Judah to make war, but they could not prevail against Judah.
Isaiah 7:2 And it was told to the house of David, saying, “Syria’s forces are deployed in Ephraim.” So his heart and the heart of his people were moved as the trees of the woods are moved with the wind.
The word “moved” implied being shaken. The people of Syria were shaken, not secure, blown off in the breeze, the leaves were blown so much they were moved in the wind.
Pastor Don spoke about the rain that we have had here all summer, where the excess water has turned many of the leaves on the trees prematurely brown, and blight has happened to tomatoes and potatoes, and he feels that fall will be earlier. Not only that, but we didn’t have a spring.
The planet’s climate is changing. We have seen an increase in mosquitoes, bats are dying of a disease called white nose. Bats pollinate as much as bees. This is the situation we are in now.
Isaiah 7:3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-Jashub your son, at the end of the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller’s Field,
Shear-Jashub – means a remnant shall return. When God equips a prophet he often tells the prophet what to name his kids, for their names have a part to play in the Kingdom of God.
Our names also have meaning – the Holy Ghost impresses our parents about what to name us, and as we grow in God, we step into our spiritual name.
Isaiah 7:4 and say to him: ‘Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear or be fainthearted for these two stubs of smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria, and the son of Remaliah.
Two stubs – Syria and Ephriam
Isaiah 7:5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah have plotted evil against you, saying,
God is quoting what evil is said over them.
Isaiah 7:6 “Let us go up against Judah and trouble it, and let us make a gap in its wall for ourselves, and set a king over them, the son of Tabel”—
Judah means celebrated, throw worship with extended hands – Yadah. Tabel means pleasing to God, hands raised in praise. The Gentiles leave and Judah lifts holy hands. In the 1980’s charismatic worship came back to where people began to move and lift their hands in praise. It pleases God when we lift our hands and enter into worship – lift a sacrifice of praise. Where does it say this in the Bible?
Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
There is a gap in the wall. Tabal (which means pleasing to God with Hands raised in praise). Satan will set up a counterfeit – the new age presents a counterfeit in praise. Be careful what we listen to – a true praiser of God will line up with what the Word says. They will praise what the Lord say.
Isaiah 7:7 thus says the Lord GOD: “It shall not stand, nor shall it come to pass.”
This false praise will not stand. Some think that if God doesn’t immediately stop something that is false that God is giving tacit approval to it. People do not realize that God is longsuffering and patient, but at some point the lies will not stand. People want to think they can embrace God without obeying Him in all of His commands, but that is not possible.
Isaiah 7:8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be broken, so that it will not be a people.
Rezin means please, delight, self pleasure. The antichrist spirit comes to cause people to seek what is pleasing to themselves, create a new world religion, telling people to do what they want to do. This will not stand, and at some point this is broken. Today, what used to be called Ephriam is now called Jordan.
Isaiah 7:9 The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established.
If you will not believe, you will not be established.
False prophets always bring total confusion. When you are given a prophecy, note it and see if it comes true. Not all prophecies are true, and you need to discern.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Our hope and expectation plus vision equals belief.
HOPE + EXPECTATION = BELIEF
You have to see and visualize what you are hoping for.
MENTAL ASSENT (not wavering) + ACTION = FAITH
MENTAL ASSENT (not wavering) + ACTION + FAITH = MANIFESTATION
The whole key is hope
HOPE + EXPECTATIONS + VISION (not wavering) = MENTAL ASSENT
Mental assent becomes what you believe. One’s belief without wavering becomes action. Once it becomes action, then we see manifestation. Faith requires action.
If any of these things are out of the loop your manifestation and your faith will not operate.
If you are going along saying you are in faith, but then you find yourself saying, “I hope this works,” that is not praying in faith. If you say you are acting in faith but expect it to fall apart, then the thing crumbles.
Ahaz reigned filled with fear, and was not expecting God to intervene.
Isaiah 7:10-11 Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.”
Isaiah told Ahaz that Ahaz could ask anything and get it. How does Ahaz respond?
Isaiah 7:12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!”
This sure sounds spiritual, but the basis of this statement is fear. If a prophet of God says, ask God, then you need to ask big – ask beyond your wildest expectations. Solomon was smart, asking for wisdom, but that doesn’t mean Solomon used wisdom all the time.
Isaiah 7:13 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?
God really wanted Ahaz to ask. God is longsuffering, but He can get frustrated.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Virgin – pure, unsullied, unused, not experienced in sexual intercourse. Many try to work against this Word, but when you look to see what the Word is in Hebrew you cannot deny what this verse is saying. Immanuel means God with us. There is only one named Immanuel, but Mary could not name Jesus Immanuel, for that would not have been accepted in Jewish culture, she and the child would be killed for that. Instead Mary is told by the angel to name the Child Jesus – which means salvation, God saves.
Isaiah 7:14-15 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.
Pastor Don gave us an assignment (most of us did not do it between last Friday and today, but we spent a lot of time learning to understand the assignment today in Bible study). I will give you the assignment and then share with you how Pastor Don presented it today in my next post. It is a great way to begin to look at yourself, your life, your spiritual journey. We were told to do this assignment for next week.
We were told to take verse 10-17 and think about the significance of this prophecy, where we are in the midst of the prophecy, and how we navigated through the various stages of it. What is our motivational journey? Today in Bible study, we got a better understanding of what Pastor Don meant. I know it will bless you. Then Jerry Moore, Pastor Don’s brother taught the second half of the Bible study. I will share Jerry’s teaching next, then post the answers to the questions posed by Pastor Don in verses 10-17 following that, so that you can do the assignment for your life.
Hoping your day is blessed.