2 Kings 15 — and add in Isaiah 7:1-8:15....
2 Kings 16 says not much of Ahaz. He introduces false worship from Assyria, having formed an alliance with them that saves Jerusalem for a short time. The problem is that he is trusting human wisdom while refusing to trust God.
We get this from Isaiah 7:1 - 8:15. Isaiah warned Ahaz to avoid an alliance with Assyria. Ahaz refused to trust the prophet of God, he was not trusting God. Isaiah tells Ahaz to ask for any sign that will allow Ahaz to trust God, and Ahaz refuses. Isaiah tells Ahaz that the sign is that a virgin will bear a child, and name him Emmanuel.
In the very short term, Isaiah’s young wife bears a son — and the Hebrew word for “virgin” also means “young woman”. But Isaiah’s son is not named Emmanuel (God with us) but Mahershalalhashbaz (the spoil speeds, the prey hates). The birth of this child is followed by a prophecy that the Assyrians, who will over take Judah, will themselves be overpowered because God is with the Israelites and the Jews.
500 years later, by 250 BC many biblical scholars came to realize that there was a double meaning to Isaiah’s prophecy. When 70 scholars translated Isaiah from Hebrew into Greek, all of them chose not “a young woman will bear a son” but instead translated “a virgin will bear a son.” And of course, 250 years after this the Virgin Mary, betrothed to Joseph, conceived and bore a son while remaining a virgin.
Ahaz’s people got their sign — but many will not trust God.
Many people today who have professed the faith have not trusted God but have turned away.
Fr Jim Dubrouillet
on Sunday, June 28 at 6:50AM