Isaiah: God’s Plan v’s Man’s Plan

Peter Barnes: Exodus 8:1-10 (NO AUDIO)

(2 December 2018)


Ahaz the king of Judah has been calling on Assyria to defend the southern kingdom from the more immediate threat from Syria and the ten northern tribes of Israel.

1. This message is verifiably true.

– 8:1-4. Isaiah is to take a large tablet and write on it in common characters or ordinary language, so that everybody can read it.

– John 18:19-21; Ex.24:3-4; Jer.36:1-2, 17-18, 22-23, 27-28, 32; Hab.2:2.

– Uriah is a priest who copied the pagan Assyrian altar for the temple in Jerusalem – 2 Kings 16:10-16. Zechariah was Ahaz’s father-in-law – 2 Kings 18:2. They will unwittingly testify to Isaiah’s message.

2. This message is about judgment.

– 8:1, 3-4. The is ominous. Mrs Isaiah is a prophetess. There are no women priests in the Old Testament nor any women elders but there are some women prophets (see Ex.15:20; Judges 4:4; 2 Kings 22:14).

– Mrs Isaiah bears a second son (the first is in 7:3). ‘Maher-shalal-hash-baz’ means ‘speedy spoil’, or as James Moffatt puts it ‘spoilsoonplunderpronto’. We might almost say ‘easy pickings’.

– 8:5-8. These fools refused the gentle waters of Shiloah, which nourished Jerusalem, and instead looked to the Euphrates in Assyria. But they would be devastated by a flood. Refuse the gentle Christ and you face the severe Christ.
3. This message tells of hope.

– 8:8-10. It is Immanuel’s land – 7:14. This is the land of the Messiah. Rom.8:31 – ‘if Immanuel be for us, who can be against us?’ Anne Ross Cousin wrote of ‘glory, glory dwelling in Immanuel’s land’.