EMMANUEL

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Main Scripture: Isaiah 7:1-16

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EMMANUEL

EMMANUEL Isaiah 7:1-16 (Dixie's notes)
We take a break from focusing on the Book of Acts. We now turn to this glorious passage where Christ was mentioned in the form of prophecy.
I. Context
- when the temple of God is divided into northern and southern kingdoms.
- current King of Judah (south) is Ahaz who is an evil king. He has set up idols around the land, sacrificed his own children to these idols, copied the evil worship of Assyria.
- king Judah is in a tight spot. Prophet Isaiah is sent to him to give a clear and encouraging message.
- God's grace on you is not dependent on your record than on the basis of His covenant grace.
II. Offer of the Sign
- king Ahaz is offered a sign of Immanuel - Salvation for His people.
- this promise is sure and true so he can just keep quiet and need not fear.
- we do not just hear the Word but also live it.
III. Refusal of the Sign
- the refusal, on the surface, sounds pious but if the Lord Himself tells you to ask for a sign, you ask for a sign.
- this is a false showing of piety, hypocrisy and sin towards God. He is hiding his sin behind a show of righteousness.
- why would Ahaz deny this offer? If he had asked for a sign and that sign has been granted, then he would not have a choice but to believe in God and in His promise.
- he would rather find aid with Assyria than to bow before God.
- God is not reluctant to show His power, we are, so that we can keep our sin.
IV. The Sign
- God, after offering a sign and being rejected, instead of giving up, proceeds with a promise - a sign to a sinful world.
- the Sign -> Immanuel, God with us - a kingly child born of a virgin, who will eat "curds and honey" (sign that the promise will come true and be sustained until its perfection)
- this is the ultimate display of redemption, the immense Gift of God's sovereign grace.
What greater sign could we ask for from God than His having given His own Son, dying for us? This doesn't come any higher nor deeper.
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!"
Romans 5:6-10
"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?"
Romans 8:31-32