Sunday, August 07, 2022


Isaiah chapter 7 verse 6 says this;

“Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it.”

When Ahaz was king of Judah,  he got news that the kingdom of Aram under King Rezin had allied with the kingdom of Israel under King Pekah, son of Remaliah, against Judah.

Upon hearing this, he and his people were stunned to the core and were as when  the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind as it says in verse 2.

The Lord, speaking through Isaiah, first told Ahaz to be careful and calm. He told him not to fear because even though Rezin and Pekah were plotting to destroy Judah and divide it among themselves, they would not succeed.

The Lord, in verses 8 and 9, gave Ahaz a perspective of the threat against him that reads this way;

“‘It will not take place,  it will not happen, for the head of Aram is Damascus,  and the head of Damascus is only Rezin. 

Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people. The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son.

When the kingdom of Judah faced an existential threat where even their own brother kingdom had allied against them, the Lord counselled the house of David to understand that the enemies rallying against them were temporal and limited in power.

The Lord charged Ahaz and the house of David to trust in God because if they could not have faith in the Lord when faced with such minor threats, they surely did not have the strength to stand.

As the end of  Isaiah chapter 7 verse 9 says;

If you will not believe [and trust in God and His message], be assured that you will not be established.”’”

Trust is the Lord.


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