Vs. 1, “When Ahaz son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem, but they could not overpower it.” It was time of civil war between Israel & Judah . Uzziah has long gone as well as his son Jotham. It is now Uzziah’s grandson Ahaz who reigns in Judah . Syria & Israel have joined forces to overtake Judah . In spite of the fact that Ahaz is a godless king, God is not yet ready to let the people of Judah go into captivity. God would show faithfulness even in Ahaz’s doubt and speak of the coming Messiah through the virgin birth! Isaiah goes on to prophecy of the time of judgment that is put upon Judah as another foe the Assyrians attack.
Regarding application…Faith. Vs. 13, “Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also.” While Ahaz tried to appear pious and not ask for a sign…it was his rejection of the sign that ended up showing the rejection of the One who would come. Ahaz ruled for 16 years and those years were not living for the Lord. He allowed the storms around him to dictate his life rather than allow the Creator of the World. He lacked faith. He easily gave up because he looked at the environment around him.
I was in the 7th grade. It was during the wrestling season and so far I had been undeafeated. We went to a 6 team tourney one Saturday and I had met one of my competitors. He had scars on his body & looked much stronger than me. I was scared. My coach kept telling me that I could beat this guy. I just had to believe in myself. I went out there worried about my enemy on the mat…and that caused me to lose. It was a tough loss, he was very strong and I took a sound beating. After the match was over, I went straight to the locker room and began crying. I wasn’t crying out of physical pain, but more out of emotional pain. I was so upset at myself that I was so scared of him. I promised myself that day that I would never cry again after a wrestling match. I made good to my promise from that point on. When our enemies or circumstances seem to overpower us, let us have faith that God will deliver us!