June 29

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 7, 8, 9

Highlights: Today’s reading contains the well known prophecies:   “A virgin shall conceive and bear a child and you shall call his name Immanuel” (7:14), and  “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given….Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace. (9:6)”. These prophecies of a future king are interspersed among matters that were current to Judah and King Ahaz – God’s deliverance to Judah and coming destruction  of Samaria “within 65 years” (7:7).

It can be difficult sometimes to determine the fulfillment of a prophecy. Did it apply to the present day? Was it speaking of Jesus? Could it have had a dual application?  How do we know the two mentioned above at least in part refer to the coming of Jesus?


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3 Responses to June 29

  1. Sandy Steinman

    There is really no need to move our focus from Isaiah 7:14. We can be assured that this passage speaks of Jesus because the Holy Spirit says so through Matthew in Matthew 1:18-23 where we read of Mary’s pregnancy and the Angels’ interraction with Joseph in which the angel told Joseph to marry Mary and name the child Jesus. It goes on to say that “all this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet “The virgin will conceive and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel.

  2. Mary K

    I have to admit I have to rely heavily on the back references in the New Testament to recognize prophecies in the Old. Without those references I don’t know that I would have known to look beyond a “present day” re-establishing of the kingdom of Israel, especially since during the time they were heard, there was so many conspiracies and wars among nations. The people had walked so far away from God that I can see how they could have easily overlooked the spiritual aspect of God’s promise. Having already been lost in spirit, they were about to suffer some very painful physical consequences. I suppose the spiritual significance of God’s promise is just as easy to overlook today if we begin view as vital temporal things.

  3. Jimmy Haynes

    Both of these prophecies point to deity – Immanuel of course means God with us and only Jesus was God. The latter prophecy calls him Mighty God, everlasting Father.

    On MaryK’s point – I doubt anyone in Isaiah’s day had any idea of how the prophecies would be fulfilled by Jesus.

    One thing interesting is the possibility that there might have been a dual fulfillment of sorts. Not a “virgin giving birth to God” of course, but an immediate fulfillment. The word “virgin” can in fact mean young maiden. Some have seen an present fulfillment in the the child Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz (in chapter 8); in which case the “God with us” is simply acknowledging that God was with Judah (see 8:10) and rescued them from Syria and Israel.

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