Isaiah 7 & 8
1 Corinthians 16.1-24
Isaiah 7 & 8:
God’s warning shots
Here in chapter 7, Judah’s king, Ahaz had become discouraged because of attacks from Syria and the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The Prophet Isaiah both comforted Ahaz and gave him and the nation a strong warning. He told him that the armies of Israel (the Northern Kingdom) and Syria would not prevail against him at that time, but because God knew they would not repent, but continue in their wicked ways, he warned him that God would eventually allow their destruction.
And although God through the Prophet warned them of coming disaster, He didn’t leave them without hope. He told them of the coming Messiah who would be born of a virgin (7.14), that the Messiah would be called “God with us” (7.14; Matt. 1.23), and gave other prophecies which would not be fully realized until the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ.
Perhaps the planned attack by Israel and Syria was God’s “warning shot” meant to wake them up and see their need for Him and His protection. Could it be that America, too, has had a series of “warning shots”? 9-11? the banking crises? the housing market? the job situation? the economy in general? What will we do as a nation? Will we repent and turn back to God or will we continue on the path of rebellion against God? Will we seek God and His wisdom or will we continue to look to our mediums and wizards (8.19) (just watch the news and the cable networks and you’ll see that we call on every expert except the Expert!) and false messiahs (the Government, the Federal Reserve, politicians, etc.)? Chapter 8.19-20:
19 And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
If our “experts” don’t give godly advice (“according to this word”), they are blind to truth (“there is no light in them”). Verses 21-22:
21 They will pass through it hard-pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and curse their king and their God, and look upward. 22 Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness.
If we fail to seek God’s truth in our circumstances (the economy, etc.), it will only lead to further godlessness, darkness and despair (v. 22).