11/24/2010

God is the One to Fear (Isaiah 8)

What happens when we trust in man (Isa. 8:1-10)

The name of Isaiah's 2nd son, Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz (Isa. 8:1,3), means "quick to the plunder, swift to the spoil." It was prophetic of the swiftness of the Assyrian invasion and conquest. Instead of trusting in God's provision, symbolized by "the gently flowing waters of Shiloah" (Isa. 8:6), and "Immanuel" (Isa. 8:8), first Israel, then Judah, trusted in a man, the king of Assyria, to their own destruction.

What happens when we fear God (Isa. 8:11-15)
While God is a snare for those who do not fear God, he is "a sanctuary" (Isa. 8:14) for those who do, as God encouraged Isaiah: "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" (Isa. 8:13).

The difference between fearing and not fearing God (Isa. 8:16-22)
Those who don't fear God become distressed, hungry, famished, enraged, as they are thrust into utter darkness, while cursing and blaming God (Isa. 8:21-23), while those who fear and trust God become signs and symbols of the Lord even in the darkest time (Isa. 8:16-18).

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