Conventional Hebrew And the Messianic Message!
The Conventional Hebrew reveals Messianic truths as prophetic harbingers that on occasion can seem oddly out of place. The Picture Language (The language of the pictures under each Hebrew letter) also communicates those truths in a way that makes the Conventional Context at times seem oddly out of place.
Let me give you an example. One of the most precious truths revealed in advance is that the Christ the Mashiach (the Appointed One) would be born of a Virgin and called Immanuel (God with us). Where is this prophecy found and what is the context of the prophetic Messianic harbinger? The answer will surprise you.
King Ahaz had learned that the rebellious and ungodly king of the 10 tribes of the North (Israel) had conspired with the King of Syria. The conspiracy was to invade the 2 tribes of the Southern Kingdom. The wicked plan was to destroy Jerusalem with the combined armies of the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel who had joined forces with Syria in order to destroy the Southern Kingdom of Judah.
King Ahaz, a very wicked and corrupt king himself, had heard about the plan and is rightfully concerned. If he had been a righteous King who loved the Lord, he would have prayed for wisdom. Wicked Ahaz does not inquire of the Lord who sends the prophet Isaiah with a message to him anyway.
The message is simple.
Put in modern parlance, the prophet tells King Ahaz not to lose any sleep over this conspiracy since God will protect Jerusalem and the invasion will fizzle without any cost or inconvenience to King Ahaz.
The Lord through the prophet Isaiah tells Ahaz to ask for a sign that what he has been told by God will come to pass. The Lord invites Ahaz to ask for any sign he wants no matter how large or small.
Ahaz refuses the offer. Considering the withered soul of King Ahaz we can imagine that his motivation for not asking for a sign was not motivated by a reverence or confidence in God’s word. The Lord's response to this careless and demeaning indifference on the part of wicked King Ahaz is as follows:
(When you read the response of Ahaz you might be tempted to think that Ahaz had a relationship with the Lord. Remember that you need to understand the response of God to Ahaz in light of the fact that God knows the secret parts of the heart. God knew that Ahaz was not responding out of love or fear for him, but rather with a hard and indifferent heart. Take a look at the response as recorded in the Ancient Prophetic Text.)
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.
And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Isaiah 7:12-13
Does it end there? NO!
God basically says to King Ahaz that since he will not ask for a sign that God will give him one anyway.
And what is the sign?
The answer to that question is recorded in Isaiah 7:14.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Does this prophecy seem oddly out of place? Be sure and read the next in the series where the answer to this mystery is answered.
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