Scripture Reading – Isaiah 8; Amos 1-2

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Today’s Scripture reading encompasses two prophetic books of the Bible, Isaiah and Amos. This Bible study is taken from Isaiah 8 and will be followed by a second devotional and an introduction to the Book of Amos.

 

Isaiah 8

 

The Birth of Maher-shalal-hash-baz, Isaiah’s Second Son (Isaiah 8:1-4)

Isaiah had named his firstborn son Shear-jashub, whose name meant “a remnant shall return” (Isaiah 7:3). The LORD then commanded the prophet to name his second-born son, Maher-shalal-hash-baz, meaning “they (Assyria) hasten to spoil” (a prophecy fulfilled when Israel was destroyed, and the people were taken captive, Isaiah 8:1-3).

How long before that prophecy would come to pass? No more than two to three years, for we read: “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” (Isaiah 8:4).

“king of Assyria…shall come up over his channels, and go over his banks” (Isaiah 8:7)

Maher-shalal-hash-baz: Judgment is Coming (Isaiah 8:5-10)

The name of Isaiah’s second-born son reminded all who heard it that the judgment of the LORD was coming. The LORD rebuked Judah for rejecting Him and said, “This people refuseth the waters of Shiloh” (the ancient place Israel worshipped before the Temple was built, Isaiah 8:6).

Isaiah foretold that the “king of Assyria…shall come up over his channels, and go over his banks” (Isaiah 8:7). In other words, like a river overruns its banks in flood stage, so the army of Assyria would “pass through Judah” (8:8). History reveals that Assyria did pass through Israel like a flood and the northern ten tribes were taken into captivity. When the army of Assyria invaded Judah, its army reached “even to the neck” (i.e., Jerusalem being the head) but failed as Isaiah prophesied, for he had declared the counsel of the enemy would “not stand: for God is with us” (Isaiah 8:10).

Closing thoughts for Isaiah 8 –

By naming his son Maher-shalal-hash-baz, Isaiah notified all who heard his name that an enemy was coming and the nation would be judged. Because Judah rejected the LORD, the people turned to “familiar spirits, And unto wizards that peep, and that mutter” (Isaiah 8:19).

So, it is in our world today. Former president of the United States, Barack Obama, boasted in a speech dated June 28, 2006, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation.” No wonder we have seen a resurgence of cults, eastern mysticism, and demonology in our day. Having rejected the LORD, His Law, and Commandments, our people have turned to lies “because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).

Is there any wonder that our nation and world are beset with frustration, anxiety, and despair? The 21st century has become a world of “trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish… [and] driven to darkness” (Isaiah 8:22).

Copyright © 2023 – Travis D. Smith 

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