Revelation 20; Isaiah 7-8; Psalm 110
Judah was fighting for her life. The kings of Syria and Israel gathered together in war to take Judah out. King Ahaz was worried and God sought to strengthen him. He sent Isaiah out with a message. Israel would soon be no more. Syria would not be able to threaten. God Himself would prevail. God gave Ahaz an opportunity: “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.’ But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!’ 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? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.’” (Isaiah 7:10-14) Ahaz had the opportunity to ask for any sign he wanted to be fulfilled. In a fit of false piety said he wouldn’t test the Lord. We often hear that we shouldn’t ask for signs from God, but when God directs us to ask for a sign, we need to be obedient. Isaiah broke through that false piety and gave him God’s message: you will have a sign and the sign is that the virgin will conceive and bear a child. God’s word is amazing in many different ways. We know this as a prophecy related to Jesus. Yet for Ahaz, it was a prediction that God would protect. God fulfilled this prophecy for Ahaz as the child was born in the right time frame so that he could see God’s work. God also fulfilled this prophecy in the birth of Jesus. There are some lessons for us. First is obedience. When God asks us to do something, we should do it immediately. Second, we need to understand that God has ways of fulfilling His word that we may not understand. If we are obedient to His call on our life, He will use us to fulfill His word. If we are disobedient, His word will still prevail – we’ll just miss the blessings of being part of that fulfillment.
Dear Lord, help me to be sensitive to how You speak to me. Let me be willing to listen. Help me to be obedient. You will deal with the problems and the fears of this world; You will provide for Your people. Let me be a part of Your work each and every day.