The Immanuel Prophecy…

Here’s the backstory to this prophecy…

Israel’s apostasy had to be punished, and the prophets gave stern warnings of impending judgment with a call to national repentance, but God in His grace promised to save a small remnant, although the nation would have to pass through an extended period of fire and water and be dispersed among the nations.

God sent a message of hope to Israel despite their persistent unbelief and blasphemous idolatry:

“The Lord Himself would give them a sign,” which would authenticate the arrival of His anointed Saviour, the Seed of the woman, the Messiah of Israel, and royal descendent of the great king David.

And He would save His people from their sins.

What a glorious pronouncement was made on that day.

A virgin would conceive and give birth to their Saviour Who would be called Immanuel, God with us, God incarnate.

The immortal, invisible, eternal God was to be born into the world as a tiny baby and He would save His people, Israel, from their sins.

And through Him, all the families of the earth would be blessed.

Isaiah 7:14 Explained

Max Lucado’s Life Lessons…

Isaiah recalled the commission God had given him.

Isaiah carried a message of both hope and judgment.

He described and predicted the coming Messiah: Jesus Christ.

We are commissioned to tell others about God and His plan for salvation.

When [Isaiah] Sees the holiness of God, Isaiah does not boast or swagger.

He takes no notes, plans no sermon series, launches no seminar tours.

Instead, he falls on his face and begs for mercy.

“Woe is me, for I am undone!

Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have Seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5).

The God-given vision was not about Isaiah but about God and His glory.

Isaiah gets the point. “It’s not about me. It’s all about Him.”

He finds humility, not through Seeking it, but through Seeking Him.

One glimpse and the prophet claims citizenship among the infected and diseased—the “unclean,” a term used to describe those with leprosy.

God’s holiness silences human boasting.

And God’s mercy makes us holy.

Look what happens next.

“Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.

And he touched my mouth with it, and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged’” (6:6, 7).

Isaiah makes no request. He asks for no grace. Indeed, he likely assumed mercy was impossible.

But God, who is quick to pardon and full of mercy, purges Isaiah of his sin and redirects his life.

God solicits a spokesman. “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” (6:8).

Isaiah’s heart and hand shoot skyward.

“Here am I! Send me” (6:8)!

A glimpse of God’s holiness and Isaiah had to speak.

As if he’d found the source of the river, ridden the rage of the canyon.

As if he’d Seen what Moses had Seen—God Himself.

Albeit a glimpse, but a God-glimpse nonetheless.

And he was different as a result. Holy different.
(From It’s Not About Me by Max Lucado)

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Monday, December 12, 2022
Anchor Devotional


“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
— Isaiah 7:14

When we peek in on Mary, we find her among a people mostly cynical about the promises of God.

They were ruled by Romans, divided by religious groups, and jaded by the corruption in Caesar’s palace and among the religious establishment.

In some respects, this setting sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

If the Jewish people hadn’t lost hope, they had at least grown apathetic about it during generations of apparent silence from God.

Yet into a dark world where many had lost heart, God broke in to announce the coming of the Savior through a young girl named Mary.

His eternal plan of redemption would be initiated in the most unlikely of circumstances.

What a surprise to Mary and her family!

But it was no surprise at all in the realm of heaven where God assigned Gabriel the awesome duty of making the announcement He’d planned long ago, before the world even began (see 1 Peter 1:20).

Gabriel visited Mary exactly “when the fullness of time had come” (Galatians 4:4), when God’s plan from all eternity would reach into our world and into our lives.

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