Do You Take God At His Word?     March 19, 2006     Isa. 7:1-14, 16

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If we really believe the Word of God it will be confirmed in our actions. It is one think to talk the talk, but

another thing to walk the walk. The only Bible some people will read is the Bible they see in us. In a very practical manner, if the Bible tells us to be people of prayer, we ought to be people of prayer. If it tells us to forsake not the assembling of ourselves together, we must be faithful to our church. If it tells us to tithe, that means we must tithe. It is easy to say we believe, but what do our actions say? Does the evidence of your lifestyle ask, Do You Take God At His Word, or does the evidence confirm you do take God at His Word?


1.       Do You Take God At His Word? Then Don’t . . Tremble. 7:1-4

            A.        The . . Human Reaction Toward Trembling. 7:1-2

1 This took place during the reign of Ahaz, son of Jotham, son of Uzziah king of Judah: Rezin king of Aram, along with Pekah, son of Remaliah, king of Israel, waged war against Jerusalem, but he could not succeed. 2 When it became known to the house of David that Aram had occupied Ephraim, the heart of Ahaz and the hearts of his people trembled like trees of a forest shaking in a wind.


            B.        The . . Heavenly Reaction Toward Trembling. 7:3-4

            3 Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out with your son Shear-jashub to meet Ahaz at the

            end of the conduit of the upper pool, by the road to the Fuller’s Field. 4 Say to him: Calm

            down and be quiet. Don’t be afraid or fainthearted because of these two smoldering stubs

            of firebrands, Rezin of Aram, and the son of Remaliah.  

                        All of us may tremble when faced with impending danger. It is simply a human reaction, but taking God at His Word will cause a heavenly reaction. I recall a time when I wanted to stand before a crowd and oppose a motion I felt encouraged to take this action. When I got up to do that my knees were shaking and my mouth trembling. I really believed God instructed my action, and when I started to speak everything calmed down. So don’t over react to your trembling.


2.       Do You Take God At His Word? Then . . Trust Him. 7:5-9

            A.        Trust God . . Inspite Of Mans Word. 7:5-6

            5 For Aram, along with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has plotted harm against you.

            They say: 6 Let us go up against Judah, terrorize it, and conquer it for ourselves. Then we

            can install Tabeel’s son as king in it.”


            B.        Trust God . . Inspired By God’s Word. 7:7-9a

            7 This is what the Lord God says: It will not happen; it will not occur. 8 The head of Aram is Damascus, the head of Damascus is Rezin (within 65 years Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people), 9 the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.


            C.        Trust God . . Instructed By God’s Word. 7:9b

                        “. . . If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all.”

                        Men will try to discourage us from trusting the Word of God. So in spite of what men may say we need to trust God, and take steps toward obeying His instruction. We may simply act upon the inspiration God gives. God’s inspiration may come to us as we simply look over the instructions He gives. You will be hard pressed to find a Christian who followed God’s Word, and later said “I made a mistake. In fact I don’t believe you will find such a Christian who correctly followed the instruction the Lord gave.


3.       Do You Take God At His Word? Then . . Talk To Him.

            A.        Talk To Him . . Respecting His Request. 7:10-11

10 Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz: 11 “Ask for a sign from the Lord your God—from the depths of Sheol to the heights of heaven.”


            B.        Talk To Him Without. . Refusing His Request. 7:12

12 But Ahaz replied, “I will not ask. I will not test the Lord.”


            C.        Talk To Him Without . . Rejecting His Request. 7:13

            13 Isaiah said, “Listen, house of David! Is it not enough for you to try the patience of

            men? Will you also try the patience of my God?

                        When we know God asks us to take a particular action we must respect His

request. God told Ahaz to asked for a sign, and he refused. It seems strange for a person to

know God asks him or her to seek a sign and that person refuses to do so. Ahaz’s refusal actually

resulted in a rejection of God’s request.


4.       Do You Take God At His Word? Then . . Thank Him.

            A.        Thank Him for the . . Sign. 7:14

            14 Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son,

            and name him Immanuel.


            B.        Thank Him for the . . Security. 7:16

            16 For before the boy knows to reject what is bad and choose what is good, the land of

            the two kings you dread will be abandoned.

                        Many times the grace of God provides for us what we have earlier rejected. He knows our needs and does what is best for us regardless of our responses. The sign of a virgin giving birth to a man child certainly refers to Christ. The Hebrew Word is a pure word for a young girl of marriageable age who is a virgin. Does it have other examples to illustrate God sign? Probably so, but we do not know definitely. Matthew’s Gospel confirms the sign relating to Jesus; so we can act positively on that. We want to give an affirmative answer when we are asked: Do You Take God At His Word? Amen? Amen!