April 7 – Isaiah
In April and May, we are reading through the book of the prophet Isaiah. Its major themes are judgment, comfort, and hope, applicable to Jerusalem then in the 8th century B.C. and to us now. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Sign of Immanuel
When Ahaz son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem, but they could not overpower it.
2 Now the house of David was told, “Aram has allied itself with Ephraim”; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken, as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.
3 Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub, to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderer’s Field. 4 Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood—because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah. 5 Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah’s son have plotted your ruin, saying, 6 “Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it.” 7 Yet this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘It will not take place,
Isaiah 7 | Jess Howell
Ahaz, the king of Judah at this time, is about to be attacked by his enemies. The Lord speaks to Ahaz and tells him to ask the Lord for a sign, but Ahaz refuses – seemingly from a righteous heart. In reality, Ahaz didn’t want to find out what God had to say.
I don’t have any recollection of ever underlining this verse in my Bible, but there it was today, ready and waiting for me. It felt like it was piercing me – the same thing God has been trying to reveal to me, and yet I keep trying to do things on my own. I know I can’t make excuses to God, and yet I try SO HARD to do so. I am reminded that I can’t “bother” God with my words – He longs to hear from me always.
Father, You know I have been chasing other things lately – and I must have done that before to have highlighted this very verse in my Bible. I can’t hide from You and Your unfailing love. Thank You for always listening, even when I’m not talking. My heart knows that You long for a relationship with me – help me not to forget that. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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