As part of my 25 for 25 (25 devotionals leading up to 25 December), here is Day # 16: We just finished up our week on Psalms. Today we’ll start in on a mini-series on Isaiah by looking at Isaiah 7:14.
In Isaiah chapter 7 the prophet Isaiah predicts the Messiah. For context, God is trying to encourage Ahaz and asks Ahaz to request a sign. But instead of obeying God and allowing himself to be cheered up, Ahaz is arrogant enough to quote Deuteronomy 6:16 back to God! But God is not flustered, He proceeds and gives this prophesy:
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
What an incredible verse! And yet for years there has been debate around the word “virgin.” Even this week I saw a tweet mocking the use of the word “virgin” when the word can also be rendered “young lady.” But my question is simple: What kind of a sign is it for a young lady to have a baby? You can mock the Bible and you can mock the spiritualnatural but at least use common sense if you’re dealing with a prophecy! The miracle must be a virgin giving birth or there is nothing special. (And we’ll talk more about the importance of the name “Immanuel” tomorrow.)
The fulfillment of this prophecy was not going to happen in Ahaz’s day, but it would happen in God’s perfect timing. As we look back we find ourselves encouraged and cheered up at the words God has given. May we find hope in knowing that we serve the one true God who is able to prophesy and fulfill His amazing love and salvation through the story of Christmas!