Isaiah 7:10-14 (New King James Version)
10 Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.”
12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!”
13 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will 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.
How much easier could God make it? How more clearly could He show us the way? For God had a plan to redeem His creation, those He so dearly loved. He longed to resume the conversation, for the walks in the Garden. God wanted to be close once again to the man and the woman that He created. He would make it clear that the One to carry out His plan, would be known by all. He would give a sign.
Isaiah was but the spokesman for God, yet all through the pages of the prophetic words he wrote, you can clearly see our coming Jesus. This prophet of God would fortell "the coming" and he would reveal his ministry and utlimate sacrifice. As you ponder the coming of the Savior, spend time this season reading and meditating on the words of Isaiah. He is reaching out to all who will accept His love. God wants you to see the sign; He wants you to know for sure and see clearly that your Redeemer is coming.
Matthew 1:20-24 (New International Version, ©2010)
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
Follow me on my Advent journey as I travel the path that God has prepared for us back to Himself. Follow the path of "the coming" of our Lord and Savior Jesus.