Do We Really Want Immanuel?

According to 2 Kings 16, Ahaz was only 20 at the time he ascended to the throne. Almost immediately the King of Aram and the King of Israel threatened him. Harassed by his neighbors, Ahaz sought an alliance with Assyria to protect his kingdom. Isaiah was fiercely opposed to such...
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Living in the Deserts of our Lives

Please notice in this prophecy that there are two different images of what the messiah will be. They interlock but are separate. The predominant theme in this passage is that where there is desolation, disability or deficit, God will restore and provide abundance and joy. But...
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Hold on to the Vision

I have been trying to put myself into the eighth century BCE as a listener to Isaiah—without the knowledge of Jesus. The Isrealites had desired a king to make them a great nation but that mighty tree had been reduced to a stump. The nation had known only a hundred years of...
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