ch. 8




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

pronounces, “Father,” “Mother,” Damascus and Samaria should be



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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 (Assyria) - it will happen before the child shall learn to talk

(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 United States today!

Rezin was king of  Damascus, or Syria – Remaliah was the father of

Pekah, the king of Israel who in ch. 7:1-2 was joining Rezin to try and

attack Judah – bringing in a foreigner to aid in a civil war.


vs. 7-8 – Assyria is portrayed as the Euphrates River over reaching

            its banks in flood stage  - “he shall come up over all his

            channels and go over all his banks”


“he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow….shall reach even

unto the neck” - The Assyrian attacks on Judaea shall stop short of

destroying it. The flood shall not submerge the head, but only rise as

high as the neck. This prophecy was fulfilled, since it was not Assyria,

but Babylon, which destroyed the Jewish kingdom.


(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.



declared his absolute confidence, not only that the attack of Pekah and

Rezin will fail (vs. 1-4), but that Assyria also (v. 8), nay, that all the

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



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" -

            Ps. 40:1


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 Israel may look, and from which

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. 19-20 - looking unto God and the Revealed Word

            rather than to necromancy





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)


Additional notes:


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

of Israel. Their overplus irrigated numerous gardens in the valley at the

base of the temple hill, and made the desert “blossom like the rose.”

Shiloah is the same as “Shiloh” (Genesis 49:10), and “Shiloh” means

“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

evangelical teaching. 


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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