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Program #321 “The Politics of Isaiah 7:14 12-24-2017 -  Synopsis

 

This year’s Christmas program is an exposition of the well-known Christmas prophecy Isaiah 7:14 – “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”  Most people are unaware of the geo-political context in which this prophecy was given.  The immediate fulfillment of this prophecy was the birth of Isaiah’s son portending Southern Israel’s deliverance from the armies of Northern Israel and Syria.  The long-term, complete fulfillment of this prophecy was the coming of the Messiah.  Jesus is the ultimate deliverer from our enemies.

 

A missed lesson here is that the very one to whom this prophecy was given, King Ahaz, did not accept the promise of God’s deliverance.  Ahaz, like many people today, had his own earthly plan for deliverance.   Therefore, he missed out on God’s salvation.  As the prophecy stated, “If you will not believe, you surely shall not last”  (Isaiah 7:9).