vs. 1-4. — THE SIGN OF MAHER-SHALAL-HASH-BAZ. The sign
of Immanuel in ch. 7 was obscure. In its more spiritual sense it appealed to faith
in an event far distant. Even in its literal import, it was not calculated to
cheer and encourage more than a few, since neither the maiden nor the
child was pointed out with any distinctness. A fresh sign was therefore
given by God’s goodness to reassure the mass of the people — a sign
about which there was nothing vague or difficult. Isaiah himself should
have a son born to him almost immediately, to whom he should give a
name indicating the rapid approach of the spoiler, and before this child
should be able to utter the first words which childhood ordinarily
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Isaiah is given a son to whom he gave the name Mahershalalhasbaz
(plunder speeds, spoil hastens) - a name indicating the rapid approach
of the spoiler (
(usually around a year old)!
v. 6 - "waters of Shiloah"
The “pool of Siloah” (Nehemiah 3:15) was the tank or reservoir at the
southwestern foot of Ophel, which is supplied with water by a narrow
conduit cut through the limestone rock for a distance of 1750
feet from the “Pool of the Virgin” on the opposite side of Ophel, in the
Kedron valley. This pool itself is fed from reservoirs under the temple area,
which have not yet been fully explored. It is probable that Isaiah uses the
expression “waters of Shiloah” in a general sense for the streams, springs,
reservoirs, conduits, which supplied the temple, and were connected with
its service. “Refusing the waters of Shiloah” would then be, without any
violent metaphor, refusing the temple service and worship, which was
exactly what the Israelites had done from the time of Jeroboam. “That go
softly” - In contrast with the “waters of the river, strong and many,” of the
next verse. They who refused the mild and gentle government of Jehovah
should experience the impetuous and torrent-like rush of the Assyrian
armies. Rejoice in Rezin; rather, rejoice with Rezin; i.e. sympathize with
him, rejoice when he rejoices.
I trust that the modern reader will get the analogy of what happens
when a nation refuses the “living water” of God and prefers “cistern
water” – Jeremiah 2:11-13 –
This is happen in the
Rezin was king of
Pekah, the king of
vs. 7-8 – Assyria is portrayed as the
its banks in flood stage - “he shall come up over all his
channels and go over all his banks”
“he shall pass through
unto the neck” - The Assyrian attacks on
destroying it. The flood shall not submerge the head, but only rise as
high as the neck. This prophecy was fulfilled, since it
(I have waded in Little River up to my neck and it is not a very
comfortable feeling - CY 2009)
“the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land” –
The Assyrian armies shall visit every part of the land.
“O Immanuel” - Isaiah could not speak of the land as belonging to his
own infant son.
vs. 10 – “Take counsel together” - literally, devise a device; i.e. form
some plan, even the cleverest possible, against God’s people, and the result
will be utter failure. “it shall not stand: (Isaiah 7:7). For God is
with us” - In the Hebrew, ki ‘immanu-El, “for with us (is) God” - words
declarative of the true meaning of the name which God had made a sign to
His people (Isaiah 7:14). It was His being “with them” that could alone
save them from their enemies.
vs. 11-16 - THE GROUNDS OF ISAIAH’S CONFIDENCE. Having
declared his absolute confidence, not only that the attack of Pekah and
Rezin will fail (vs. 1-4), but
nations of the earth (v. 9) will fail, and bring destruction upon
themselves, if they “devise devices” against God’s true people, the prophet
explains the ground of his confidence by relating a special “instruction”
which he had received from God some time previously. He had been bidden
to separate himself from the mass of his countrymen in thought and feeling,
and to cling only to Jehovah, who would “be for a Sanctuary” (v. 14) to
His own, but “for a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offence” to all others.
v. 11 - .... the Lord spake unto me with a strong hand and instructed
me that I should not walk in the way of this people"
It was not just idolatry against which he was warned but THE WHOLE
SPIRIT AND TONE OF THE SOCIETY OF HIS DAY!
vs. 12-13 - do not fear man - only fear God!
Fear of man causes the morally weak to follow the bad example of the
wicked (schools), who would otherwise ridicule or even persecute them.
Fear of man induces many to keep back their honest convictions, and
even applaud the evil courses which in their heart they condemn and
dislike! (In my few years of substitute teaching, after retirement in 2000,
I noted how the good children often tolerated or sided with the students
who were disruptive – CY)
Hence the fear of man is so often condemned in Scripture.
They who grow up in the fear of the Lord acquire a foundation on which
to rest and strength of character that nothing else can give - "I will not
fear what flesh can do to me" - Ps. 56:4
v. 14 - strange comment on He who is to be Savior of the world
(see Matthew 21:42-44)
vs. 17-18a - waiting on the Lord letting Him settle
the question - "I waited patiently for the Lord
and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry" -
Isaiah will wait for the Lord and “look to him” (v. 17), and consider
himself and his children as doing a work for God in being “signs”
(v. 18) — signs to which the rest of
they may derive sufficient hope and confidence to carry them through
the dark time which is approaching. (I am hoping that this
web site may encourage people in the same boat today as I, my
family, and I trust the reader waits for the coming of the Lord Jesus!
CY - 2009)
Isaiah was bidden to take a line of his own, to fear God and Him only
and God would be a "Sanctuary for him"
Isaiah - "salvation is of Jehovah"
vs. 19-22. — ISAIAH RECOMMENDS LOOKING TO GOD AND
THE REVEALED WORD RATHER THAN TO NECROMANCY.
AFFLICTION WILL BRING
vs. 19-20 - looking unto God and the Revealed Word
rather than to necromancy
OUR MODERN NECROMANCY SEEMS TO BE THE DRUG
Anyone who looks to this earth for comfort and solace, other than
to God in heaven, are doomed to experience hunger (spiritually),
trouble, darkness, anguish and finally “they shall be driven to
darkness” – vs. 21-22
“should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?”
(looking in all the wrong places)
"to the law and to the testimony" - was a sort of watchword or
battle-cry when God’s enemies assailed them.
If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light
in them; rather, Surely they will speak according to this word, when there
is no dawn for them; i.e. when they are plunged in darkness (v. 22) and
distress, and see no prospect of better days, surely they — the people
generally — will rally to this cry, and repeat it, “For the Law and for the
testimony.” They will not always trust in necromancy or (hopefully,
the drug culture)
ON SHILOAH - The waters of Shiloah issued from the rock where God had
set His Name and fixed the symbol of His presence. They were a copious supply,
ever welling forth from an inscrutable source for the refreshment and delectation
base of the temple hill, and made the desert “blossom like the rose.”
Shiloah is the same as
“Shiloh” (Genesis 49:10), and “
“sent,” or “He who is sent.”
THE TEACHING OF THE PROPHETS, whom God continually sent,
“rising up betimes and sending” (2 Chronicles 36:15), of which Isaiah
said primarily, “Lo, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters”
(Isaiah 55:1) — these waters representing the truth of God which he
was commissioned to preach. This teaching welled forth from the true
“Rock;” for it was “the Spirit of Christ” which inspired the prophets, and
made them ever approximate more and more toward the standard of
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Remember that Jesus Christ is the “Water of Life” - “Whosoever
drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh
of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water
that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up
into everlasting life. John 45:13-14