“And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
Such smoking firebrands are the politicians of today. They create sound bytes. When they brag the optics are shown in the news media, and the Administrative wing accordingly pass orders but do they deliver? Being smoking firebrand only smoke and no fire. Naturally fancy names like shutdown and trickle-down economy are merely eye wash. It is what man at best can achieve. When foolish men impose changes from top what we need remember is that God is still the Almighty Lord who shall cast down vain imaginations of the godless.
Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal: Thus saith the Lord God, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.(vv.5-7)
God will not destroy Judah because Ahaz was evil. The Lord God is just and exercises His sovereign authority because of his Holy Promise to Abraham and to David. Besides it is in keeping with His divine nature. God is Love. His Power and Wisdom go beyond time and any particular person or people to see his Kingdom in terms of his eternal nature. So when the Spirit sets down the Salvation Plan of God it is in God’s Time. It is one reason why man often fails. Where faith is called for he refuses because of his momentary confusion. An example of this we see in the manner Simon Peter floundered. When Jesus invited him to walk on water towards him his eye was distracted by circumstance. He had no full grasp of faith, a timeless quality instilled in us by God. Instead he saw boisterous winds that Jesus Christ could still with his word (Matt.8:26-27). What do these two instances teach us? Our little faith must also grow as our physical form fills out. Growing up has many pains and also in our spiritual growth. So when we learn to live through distressful situations and trust in God we can appreciate why God sent his prophet. As Ahaz had to learn it He has a way to teach us to let faith has its perfect working.
For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.
9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
When God sent word through Isaiah it must be assumed that nothing ever flitting through the earth is unknown to him. God knew the outcome of the league between Syria and Israel and by the same token He knew how the overtures of King Ahaz to Assyria would cost him. We have an incident in the life Prophet Elisha
The king of Aram became very upset when his cover for his war plans was blown He called his officers together and demanded, “Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?”“It’s not us, my lord the king,” one of the officers replied. “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!(2 Ki.6:11-12)” Man with his puny intellect cannot decipher the Mind of God. When He breathed into the nostrils of Adam he made him a living soul. So the spirit is the only medium through which man shall know His purpose and his Word. Faith comes by hearing the word and it is how we understand the will of God. Faith is not something anyone can put his finger on but it is the means to work with God. Conversely God has many agencies to lead man so as an instrument he proves to be a blessing to others as well as know what is hidden in him. It is in this context we need place great prophets through whom God guided and shaped the history of Israel. “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known(Lk.12:2)”.
“Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, 6 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal: Thus saith the Lord God, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass. For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people (vv.5-8).”
(To be continued)