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?