“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14
This month’s Anchor devotionals so far have highlighted Old Testament instances of the Lord clearly being with His people. When we come to this well-known passage in the prophet Isaiah’s writing, we can’t possibly get a more concrete assurance that our God—unlike false gods—is with us. The promise of the long-awaited Messiah was fulfilled in the coming of Christ. His beautiful name, Immanuel, says it all: God is with us! 

Isaiah wrote his Spirit-inspired words 700 years before God broke through the heavens and entered our world with Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. Isaiah’s prophetic words confronted God’s people who were perishing from moral disease, cancer of the soul. But his words also comforted them in the promise of a Redeemer, the One who alone could save them. 

Centuries after Isaiah, John wrote of Jesus, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (1:14). He brings hope to us as we embrace Immanuel, God with us

Scripture Focus

Isaiah 7:10-17


Hold fast to these two truths about God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: He is for you, and He is with you.

Bible In A Year

  • Joshua 13-14
  • Psalm 103
  • Acts 28

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