Isaiah 7:10-14 New American Standard Version (NASB)
10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”
12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.”
13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
God, through the prophet Isaiah, tells King Ahaz (verse 4) to “be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart.” Ahaz is concerned because he knows that others are “plotting his ruin” and intending to invade his country, Judah. God not only tells him “It will not take place, it will not happen” (vs. 7) but He encourages Ahaz to ask for a sign, as proof, to relieve his fears and counteract his unbelief.
It’s a gracious move from a gracious God. In fact, God ups the ante and encourages Ahaz to ask for a sign so impressive, it could be “from the deepest depths or the highest heights” (vs 11). In an attempt to appear spiritual, Ahaz refuses (vs 12), one of many indicators of his proud & stubborn heart.
So, God provides one anyway. In fact, God’s sign is so outrageous it has never been done before or since.
What is the sign?
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (vs. 14)
A virgin conceiving & giving birth? God predicts the gender? He foresees the child’s name?
Yep, He nailed it. He called the shot 700 years before it happened. God “dropped the mic” and provided a Gift that is still giving to this day; the Person of Christ, Immanuel… God with us.
As you celebrate Christ over this CHRISTmas holiday, do not lose sight of this amazing Gift and the true reason for this season.