14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
The final phrase in this Scripture, “and He shall call His name Immanuel” (‘God with us’) is particularly striking and wonderful to me. To know that I have the privilege and opportunity to know that God is with me, and that it is His desire, as reflected throughout the Bible, that I may have an intimate relationship with Him, gives me such hope for my present life and that to come. In spite of my sins and failures and lack of obedience He is with me.
The law that the Jewish people in the Old Testament were unable to keep, He kept, and sacrificed Himself so that we could become righteous as we walk in His presence in this world and the next.
What a security I have in Him! I know the He remains faithful to His promise to be with me. I am confident in my redemption.
I need not try to rely on myself for my salvation.
What a freedom! I can serve Him out of gratefulness since He is with me. He knows me well and is always present.
Thank you Lord!
Lord, you are present with us. Thank you. In spite of our faithlessness you are faithful. You are a very present help and we praise you and worship you. Thank you for your sacrifice and unchanging presence and love.
10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask a sign of the Lordyour God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” 13 And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15 He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted.