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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Isaiah

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(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)


FRAMEWORKS: Isaiah 8: Warnings if Impending Invasions


For structure & preliminaries, see chapter 1


v.1-4 Isaiah's next son – a time measuring stick

v.5-8 The Lord explains He will bring Assyria against Judah

v.9-18 The Lord warns all nations

v.19-22 Avoid Deception, seek God only



v.1-4 Isaiah's next son – a time measuring stick  


v.1 (write a warning of what will happen) The Lord said to me, ‘Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.' [Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz means ‘quick to the plunder, swift to the spoil']

v.2 (so Isaiah did and got witnesses) So I called in Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses for me.

v.3 (then when he had a son he named him that) Then I made love to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. And the Lord said to me, ‘Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.

v.4 (even before the child is able to speak, Aram & Israel will be dealt with by Assyria) For before the boy knows how to say “My father” or “My mother”, the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.'



v.5-8 The Lord explains He will bring Assyria against Judah


v.5 (The Lord speaks again) The Lord spoke to me again:

v.6 (having rejected His presence [the tabernacle having been once at Shiloh] and trusted in Aram and Israel) ‘Because this people has rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloh and rejoices over Rezin and the son of Remaliah,
v.7 (the Lord will now use Assyria to discipline them) therefore the Lord is about to bring against them the mighty floodwaters of the Euphrates – the king of Assyria with all his pomp. It will overflow all its channels, run over all its banks
v.8 (Assyria will sweep through the whole land, Immanuel's land) and sweep on into Judah , swirling over it, passing through it and reaching up to the neck. Its outspread wings will cover the breadth of your land, Immanuel!'



v.9-18 The Lord warns all nations


v.9 (nations who rise for war [against us] will be shattered) Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered! Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare for battle, and be shattered! Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
v.10 (plan whatever you like, you won't win against Israel because God is with them) Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.

v.11 (the Lord's presence was so strong that it made sure I did not go with the nations) This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:

v.12 (don't go along with the untruths the nations speak) ‘Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.
v.13 (the Lord is the One to be feared) The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.
v.14 (where He is, is holy and [because of where their hearts are] Israel & Judah will stumble over Him, rejecting Him because they are so unlike Him) He will be a holy place; for both Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.
v.15 (many who reject Him will fall) Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured.'

v.16 (ensure you hold and pass on this for my real people) Bind up this testimony of warning  and seal up God's instruction among my disciples.
v.17 (God may reject Jacob (Israel) but Isaiah will trust Him) I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.

v.18 (I and my family are His signs pointing the nations to Him) Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Lord Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.



v.19-22 Avoid Deception, seek God only


v.19 (people, don't be led astray by the occult, seek only God) When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people enquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?

v.20 (turn to the Law and the testimony only) Consult God's instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.

v.21 (these people under judgment will suffer and curse God) Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upwards, will curse their king and their God.

v.22 (looking across the earth for hope, they will find none) Then they will look towards the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.



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