Isaiah 7:10-14, December 20, 2021

Readings

The LORD spoke to Ahaz:
Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God;
    let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
    “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” 
Then Isaiah said:
    Listen, O house of David! 
Is it not enough for you to weary men,
    must you also weary my God? 
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
    the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and shall name him Emmanuel.

Reflection: 

As the King of Judah, Ahaz, desired to enter into an agreement with Assyria to safeguard Judah and himself from other kings in the vicinity.   The prophet Isaiah, when he learned of this proposed pact, challenged Ahaz to place his trust in God and not some foreign armed forces.  Ahaz rebuffed Isaiah, claiming he would not be so daring as to request from God a sign.  Ahaz actually did not want to ask God, he did not want a sign from God, because he trusted his coalition with Assyria more than in the strength of God.  Isaiah would have nothing to do with the game Ahaz was playing.  He gave Ahaz a sign, “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”  This covenant observed the Kingdom of Judah would continue through an offspring of David, as a commitment of God’s continual manifestation and safety.  That descendant would eventually be Jesus Christ.  As followers of Jesus, we are invited, like Ahaz, to place our trust in God’s hands through all aspects of our life, in both the good times and during our struggles.  Ahaz choose not to.  Jesus’ birth is an everlasting indication God is always with us.   We are invited to place our trust in a loving God who always walks with us no matter what we may be experiencing in life.  Jesus wants to be with us, always walking side by side in our constant midst.