Study 5 From the Book of Isaiah is: Isaiah 7: 1 – 8:15

Isaiah now turns his attention from the internal condition of Judah to the realm of international politics. The historical background of chapters 7:1-10; 4 is the so called Syro-Ephraimitic confederacy, when King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah of Israel conspired against Judah (735 Bc). Ahaz of Judah, overcome with panic (7:2), rejected the counsel of Isaiah that he should trust in God (7:3, 4, and appealed to King Tiglath-Pileser of Assyria, an Act which Isaiah predicted would have disastrous consequences in the end, even though at first apparently successful (7:17-8:4).

  1. What did Ahaz lose, both personally and politically, through his refusal to trust in the Lord?
  2. How is the historical ‘sign’ to be given to Ahaz a foreshadowing of the future coming of the Messiah? Cf. Mt. 1:21-23. In daily experience do you know Christ as…

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