Jun. 19. Ahaz’s Rebellion/Isaiah’s Prophecy

Is. 7:10-10:4; II Kin. 16:10-20; II Chron. 28:22-27

Those who are ignorant of history or choose to ignore its lessons are likely to repeat the consequences of poor choices. When the children of Israel, even after the kingdom had divided followed and depended upon God, He helped them to defeat their enemies. Isaiah had informed Ahaz that God would be with Judah, but Ahaz refused to accept God’s assistance. “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!” That was a grave mistake made by the king of Judah. He trusted the king of Assyria instead of trusting God. However, the Assyrians whom they trusted would in turn enslave them into captivity.

Isaiah continued his prophecy against Ahaz by revealing a sign that even in his rebellion, there would not be complete destruction of Judah. “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” That would not be just any young woman, but a VIRGIN. She would give an earthly birth to the heavenly Son of God! The prophet further stated that, “For Unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given…His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…”

There would be no end to the government of that Child upon the throne of David in His kingdom, the church. BUT before those things were to happen, Judah would go through the period of oppression and stress because of their unfaithfulness to God.

The prophet also spoke words against Israel as he conveyed the message of God. They had been puffed up with pride, which God hates. Syria and the Philistines would devour them because of the wickedness of their leaders.

Even after hearing those words of warning from Isaiah, the rebellious Ahaz met again with the Assyrian king in Damascus after Assyria had taken the city from Syria. Upon seeing an altar that was in Damascus, he sent the design and specifications to Urijah, the Judean priest. The priest acting upon the orders of King Ahaz made major alterations to the altar and other articles of the temple of God. So-called worship to God was then patterned after idolatrous worship instead of by His commands.

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