Isaiah had a wife and a son. He also had a group of disciples, to whom he entrusted his spiritual insights and revelations from God.
Maher Shalal Hash Baz’. This means “Swift to plunder and quick to carry away.”
faithful witnesses. This reminds us of the two witnesses in the Book of Revelation:
Revelation 11:3. I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”
the prophetess. The Bible names seven female prophets. The Bible and the Jewish tradition and the early Christians accept female prophets:
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VERSE 4. For before the child knows how to say, ‘My father,’ and, ‘My mother,’ the riches of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried away by the king of Assyria.”
VERSE 5. The LORD spoke to me yet again, saying,
this people. That is, the people of Judah.
VERSE 7. now therefore, behold, the Lord brings upon them the mighty flood waters of the River: the king of Assyria and all his glory. It will come up over all its channels, and go over all its banks.
It will reach even to the neck. They will have had it “up to here” with all their troubles.
VERSE 9. Make an uproar, you peoples, and be broken in pieces! Listen, all you from far countries: dress for battle, and be shattered! Dress for battle, and be shattered!
VERSE 10. Take counsel together, and it will be brought to nothing; speak the word, and it will not stand, for God is with us.”
VERSE 11. For the LORD spoke this to me with a strong hand, and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
NLT translation. Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.
Don’t call everything a conspiracy. This is what conspiracy theorists do.
VERSE 13. The LORD of Hosts is who you must respect as holy. He is the one you must fear. He is the one you must dread.
a stumbling stone. Jesus Christ is a stone that makes people stumble:
1 Peter 2:8. and, “a stumbling stone and a rock of offense.” For they stumble at the word, being disobedient, to which also they were appointed.
Many will stumble. Most people are not alert to the signs of the times.
my disciples. The prophet Isaiah had disciples. He entrusted them with the best portions of his spiritual insights and messages from God.
It is the normal way of things that the veteran follower of Jesus Christ has disciples. To them we entrust the spiritual treasures that God has entrusted to us.
As you grow in your firsthand knowledge of the faith, we invite you to begin praying for the disciples that God will one day entrust to you.
I will wait for the LORD. This is the essence of Contemplative Prayer. It is to wait. We sit still and we wait for God.
VERSE 18. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of Hosts, who dwells in Mount Zion.
VERSE 19. When they tell you, “Consult with those who have familiar spirits and with the wizards, who chirp and who mutter,” shouldn’t a people consult with their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?
NLT translation. Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do.” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? Should the living seek guidance from the dead?
consult the spirits of the dead. The Bible forbids us from doing this.
VERSE 20. Turn to the law and to the covenant! If they don’t speak according to this word, surely there is no morning for them.
VERSE 21. They will pass through it, very distressed and hungry. It will happen that when they are hungry, they will worry, and curse by their king and by their God. They will turn their faces upward,
VERSE 22. and look to the earth, and see distress, darkness, and the gloom of anguish. They will be driven into thick darkness.
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