God with us

Matthew 1:23 quoted Isaiah 7:14 to show that God the Almighty would be born and live among men.

Isaiah 7:14 (Angel)
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matthew 1:22-23 (Angel of the Lord)
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”(which means, God with us).

During the reign of King Ahaz of Judah, approximately 735-715bc. King Pekah of Israel and King Rezin of Syria join in an alliance against Judah. As shown in 2Chronicles 28:5-6, Syria and Israel were sent by God to punish King Ahaz for idolatry of worshiping and sacrificing his son to Baal. King of Syria and King of Israel had their own plan, they intent to replace King Ahaz with one of their own, opposing God’s intent of having a descendant of King David on the throne of Judah. Through prophet Isaiah, God wants King Ahaz to be careful, be quiet and do not fear and that the Almighty himself will desolate Syria and Israel using King of Assyria. This would be done before a boy by the name of Immanuel (God with us) conceived by a virgin (or by a young women depending on translation) could know how to refuse evil and choose good and Isaiah 7:8 shows that Israel would cease to be a nation within sixty-five years. Also during that time the land would be in abundance of curd and honey.

But King Ahaz instead went to the King of Assyria for help, as stated in 2King 16:7-8. King Ahaz even ask this priest, Uriah to make an altar exact in all detail to that in Assyria and worship the god of Assyria. In Isaiah 8:1-4, the Almighty changes the boy’s name to Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Hurry to the spoils) and call upon Uriah, the priest, as witness. The boy’s name Maher-shalal-hash-baz was fulfilled in 2Chronicles 28:8, where Israel took 200 000 captive and large amount of spoils to Samaria. The destruction of Syria and Israel was brought forward to ‘before the boy could call My father or My mother’. The Assyrians subdued both Syria and Israel and exacted tribute from Ahaz and Israel cease to be a nation in 722bc, instead of within 65 years.

Nowhere in the entire context of the Isaiah 7,8, 2King 16 and 2 Chronicles 28 is there any verse that would indicate Jesus, other than to take the verse Isaiah 7:14 out of context and force fitting it to the belief.

Elias, Malachi 4:5-6


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