Isaiah 8: The Invasion of Judah
Isaiah must not have been the most popular guy in the neighborhood. The beginning of Isaiah 8 brings us to a prophecy that doesn’t look overly optimistic for the people of Judah.
Isa 8:1 Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man’s pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.
Isa 8:2 And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.
Isa 8:3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.
Isa 8:4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
Isa 8:5 The LORD spake also unto me again, saying,
Isa 8:6 Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son;
Isa 8:7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:
Isa 8:8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
Basically, there is going to be a child born with an incredibly sweet name. Before that child is very old, the King of Assyria is going to overrun Damascus and Samaria. Then, he is going to invade over the rivers and take over just about all of Judah as well, the land which belongs to Immanuel who we met the other day.
First off, isn’t it interesting that this land is already being referred to as belonging to Immanuel? That makes the prophecy we saw the other day even more obviously Jesus. Everyone knew that the people of Israel were God’s chosen people, and now this Immanuel is being used in the same way. We have two members of the Trinity right here.
However, more importantly, the fulfillment of prophecy is particularly interesting in this case. In the first two verses, Isaiah made it very clear that he got witnesses. People knew that he was writing this prophecy at that time. In other words, he wants people to know that when he wrote this down, it was before the fact.
We know that Assyria did in fact do everything that Isaiah prophesied. They got right up to the neck. They did not take Jerusalem, but they pretty much took everything else. He seemed to have some kind of unnatural gift for prophesying correctly. It makes you wonder if perhaps some of the other prophecies he had written were correct, and if those were correct, Jesus was a much more special person than people often times want to believe. He might not have been just a good teacher. He might have been the fulfillment of a prophecy written hundreds of years before His time. He might be exactly what he said he was: the Savior of the world.