Isaiah 8; The child appears, the promise is fulfilled (twice)

The virgin (in Hebrew can be understood as a chaste maiden or as one who has not had sexual relations) will give birth to Immanuel (meaning a sign that God is with us) Isaiah 7:14.  In Isaiah chapter 8 the “Immanuel” child appears and is named Maher-shalal-hash-baz.  Shortly after his appearance Damascus and Samaria are destroyed by Assyria.  The prophecy and promise of God’s faithfulness to His people as illustrated in the prophecy of the child is fulfilled.  But Scripture tells us that this prophecy contained an even more future fulfillment.  Matthew says, “she (Mary) will bear a son and you will call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.  Now all this took place fo fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: behold, the virgin (in Greek can only mean one what has not had sexual relations) shall bear a Son and they shall call His name Immanuel”…Matthew 1:21-23.  This twofold fulfillment of the Isaiah 7 prophecy in Isaiah 8 and Matthew 1 is God’s way of showing us His sovereign control over history and His intimate concern with bringing each of us the good news of the gospel, hope and salvation.

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