Tuesday, February 7
I hope you all have enjoyed the first six chapters of Isaiah thus far. Today, we get to continue with chapters 7 through 9, and we will get right to it.
Chapter 7 has an interesting phenomenon that some scholars within the Church of God call “agency”. Pay special attention to who is talking when (this may seem complicated). In 7:3, we see that God is talking to Isaiah, and God instructs Isaiah to relay a message to King Ahaz in 7:4. 7:4-9 is the message that Isaiah was to tell Ahaz. Then in verse 10, it states, “Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz.” God was not talking to Ahaz in the first place though; rather, God instructed Isaiah to speak to Ahaz. Furthermore, in verse 13, the being who was talking to Ahaz says, “my God”. Therefore, although it says “again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,” in verse 10, I believe that it was actually Isaiah speaking to Ahaz. In summary, there are two reasons as to why I believe it was Isaiah speaking to Ahaz:
- God wasn’t talking to Ahaz in the first place, so the word “again” would not make sense in this context if it were indeed God talking. However, Isaiah was previously talking to Ahaz, so it would make sense to say “again” if it were Isaiah talking to him.
- In verse 13, this being talking to Ahaz (either God or Isaiah) says, “my God”. As we all know, the LORD does not have a god, so it wouldn’t make sense for the LORD to say this. Also, in verse 14, it talks about the LORD in 3rd person.
This idea of “agency” is found in several passages throughout the Bible. The idea of agency is important when at times Jesus is connected to the term “God”. It is important to understand to defend the oneness of God. If this interests you at all or if I made absolutely no sense (which is very well possible) but still want to learn more, then the following article can give some clarification.
Isaiah 7:14 is one of the most well-known Immanuel (God with us) prophecies. The Immanuel, which is Jesus Christ, was prophesied to be born from a virgin. As far as I know, there aren’t many people born from a virgin mother. It totally contradicts what we all learned in health class. However, Jesus himself was born from a virgin. This alone was a miracle, and it was to be a sign for the people.
In chapter 8, there was one thing that stuck out to me found in verse 11. It is a call to be holy. To be holy is to be set apart or different from others, and this is exactly what the LORD told Isaiah to do. He instructed Isaiah “not to walk in the way of this people,” meaning that he should act differently. The people in Isaiah’s time were wicked people. Isaiah 9:17 states, “for everyone is godless and an evildoer.” We also know this from all the judgement in the previous chapters. I think most of us would agree that we also live in a society that is very godless and full of evildoers. We too then should be set apart from society. We should not walk in the way of the people in our society. There should be differences between you and the common person. Are you living differently than others?
Isaiah 9:6 is a controversial verse within the Church of God that probably made many of you uneasy when reading it. It is a verse that needs to be considered and given thought. Similar to 7:14 it is prophecy about Jesus Christ. However, in this prophecy, it states that the son shall be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” This verse, along with a few others throughout the Bible, has a Trinitarian feel to it. I do not have all the answers myself, but this verse cannot just be ignored. I urge you all to look more into this, and make some sense out of it rather than just ignoring it.
I hope you all have a great day!
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