Act On Revealed Truth Isa 7:1-14, 16 March 15, 2009
As a young man I heard a minister say the things he worried about the most never came to pass. Now after many years of experience I can say the same thing. Rumors, threats and idle concerns of people usually do not take place. In my opinion too many today base their theology on experiences rather than the word of God. When we concentrate on what God’s Word tells us we will find peace. So let’s Act On Revealed Truth.
1. Act On Revealed Truth . . Evaluating Rumors. 7:1-2
A. Evaluate Rumors . . Considering their Source. 7:1
1 This took place during the reign of Ahaz, son of Jotham, son of Uzziah king of Judah: Rezin king of Aram, along with Pekah, son of Remaliah, king of Israel, waged war against Jerusalem, but he could not succeed.
B. Evaluate Rumors . . Considering their Strength. 7:1
2 When it became known to the house of David that Aram had occupied Ephraim,
the heart of Ahaz and the hearts of his people trembled like trees of a forest shaking in a wind.
King Ahaz degraded the office of king as he did not walk according to the ways of David. He considered the source of the rumors, and not the Lord, the source of his strength. He further looked at the strength of the gathering nations to overtake Jerusalem, but not the strength of the Lord to protect the city of David. For a king to consider threats of an enemy is wise. But it needs to be considered in proper perspective. If Ahaz had been walking with the Lord he would have looked to God for help.
2. Act On Revealed Truth . . Esteeming The Word Of God. 7:3-9
A. Esteeming The Word Of God and His . . Prophet. 7:3-4
3 Then the Lord said to Isaiah, "Go out with your son Shear-jashub to meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, by the road to the Fuller's Field. 4 Say to him: Calm down and be quiet. Don't be afraid or fainthearted because of these two smoldering stubs of firebrands, Rezin of Aram, and the son of Remaliah.
B. Esteeming The Word Of God and His . . Perception. 7:5-6
5 For Aram, along with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has plotted harm against you. They say: 6 Let us go up against Judah, terrorize it, and conquer it for ourselves. Then we can install Tabeel's son as king in it."
C. Esteeming The Word Of God and His . . Plan. 7:7-8
7 This is what the Lord God says: It will not happen; it will not occur. 8 The head of Aram is Damascus, the head of Damascus is Rezin (within 65 years Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people),
D. Esteeming The Word Of God and His . . Prognosis. 7:9
9 the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all.
If a respected prophet of God like Isaiah brings to you a word from the Lord esteem it highly. The problem with King Ahaz rested in the fact of his being away from the ways of the Lord. He focused on the armies of the enemy more than the power of God. I find it very interesting that God possessed a perception of the problem, solution and outcome even before the King knew of the problem. If we walk with God we will know this idea of God’s perception remains true today. God is still God! He knows the situation and the solution. He possessed a plan for Ahaz and the people of Jerusalem. He also knew what would happen if this king rejected the Godly plan. God gave Ahaz, His prophet, perception, plan, and prognosis for this entire situation,. He can do the same for out troubling situations, but just like Ahaz needed to believe, so do we.
3. Act On Revealed Truth . . Expressed By God. 7:10-14 & 16
A. Expressed Through God’s . . Petition. 7:10-13
10 Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz: 11 "Ask for a sign from the Lord your
God—from the depths of sheol to the heights of heaven." 12 But Ahaz replied, "I will not ask.
I will not test the Lord." 13 Isaiah said, "Listen, house of David! Is it not enough for you to try the patience of men? Will you also try the patience of my God?
B. Expressed Through God’s . . Promise. 7:14 & 16
14 Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive,
have a son, and name him Immanuel. . . . 16 For before the boy knows to reject what is bad and choose what is good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned.
I find it sad that God petitioned Ahaz to get him to request a sign so he could believe the Lord would work mightily in his life. The king evidently did not regularly talk with the Lord or experience a close fellowship with Him. Many of God’s children today would love to receive such a petition from the Lord. God promised a virgin would conceive and bear a son. The commentator’s discussions flow about how Jesus born hundreds of years later would be helpful or a sign to Ahaz and the people of his day. Many suggests there is a double prophecy here. But since the lesson title tells us to Act On Revealed Truth, we best let Matthew’s revelation about Isaiah’s statement fulfill our understanding. Amen? Amen!