JESUS CHRIST (“God-With-Us”): God’s Plan for our SALVATION
July 18 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 7-9
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good." (Isaiah 7:14-15)
Isaiah, whose name means “the Lord is salvation,” ministered in the Southern Kingdom of Judah after the Northern Kingdom of Israel had fallen to Assyria. God had raised Isaiah as a prophet not only to minister to Judah and Jerusalem, but as God’s spokesman to let the world know about His plans for salvation for humankind about 700 years before his birth. The purpose of this book is to display God’s glory and holiness through His judgment of sin and His deliverance and blessing of a righteous remnant.
Many Bible scholars have debated whether the birth of the child predicted in Isaiah 7:14 is a prophecy of a child in Isaiah’s day or a prophecy of the virgin birth of Christ (or both). However, this prophecy specifically points out to the virgin birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:31–35) who was the long-awaited Messiah of the Jews and the Savior of the world.
Let us examine some specific prophecies that Isaiah made relating to Jesus Christ:
- Isaiah 7:14: A young woman/virgin is to give birth to a son named Immanuel, meaning “God with us.”
- Isaiah 9:6–7: The child to be born is named “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” and will reign on David’s throne forever.
- Isaiah 11:1–9: The child, called “a shoot … from the stump of Jesse” and a “Branch,” will reign with righteousness and justice and bring universal peace.
- Isaiah 11:10–12: The “Root of Jesse” will rule over the nations and re-gather the people of Israel and Judah.