- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Isaiah 7
Oracle in chapter 7 is based on historical event, Syro-Ephraimite war in 735-732 BC. King Rezin of Aram or Syria with King Pekah of Israel, organized an anti-Assyrian coalition. And these two king attacked King Ahaz of Judah to force him to join them. King Ahaz sought to join with them to defend himself and Judah. God sent Isaiah and his son, Shear-jashub meaning “a remnant shall return,” to counsel King Ahaz. Isaiah advised King Ahaz that Jerusalem’s king should rely on God along rather than making alliances with foreign powers.
The sign of Immanuel, meaning “God is with us,” (v14) is God’s promise that God will keep the house of David, Davidic dynasty, and God is with Judah and Jerusalem, leaving no need to enter into an alliance with Assyria. “In that day,” in verses 18,20, 21,23 indicates oracle, warning King Ahaz of disaster coming from Assyria. After Assyria devastated Judah, its land will be destroyed. And few who survived will be shepherds and cattle herders who rely on animal milk for survival. Prophetic message is clear: do not rely on foreign nation for security. Rely on the Lord.
1. What does God speak to you today in this chapter.
2. Reflect on verse 14 of the promise of a child, Immanuel and on the birth of Jesus in Matthew 1:21. How these two passage are connected?
3. Close with silent prayer for two minutes.