The Berean Expositor
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We must therefore pursue this theme in further studies together, in which we shall
discover that in Practical Truth as well as in Gospel, Doctrine and Dispensation, the glory
of Him Who alone could bear the name Emmanuel, irradiates all with its glorious
Emmanuel, and the Virgin Birth.
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We have seen the fundamental importance of the doctrine contained in the name of
Christ "Emmanuel", and must, before proceeding to consider its bearing upon Gospel,
doctrine and practice in the N.T., give some attention to the O.T. prophecy which was
fulfilled in the birth of Christ.
The section of Isaiah,  which gives us  the prophetic name Emmanuel,  covers
chapters 7: to 9: 7, and in these chapters the teaching of the prophet is made to revolve
around children who are given as "signs".
SHEAR-JASHUB "The remnant shall return" (7: 3). This child accompanied Isaiah
when he sought to encourage Ahaz to "Take heed and be quiet", in face of the evil
counsel of Syria, Ephraim and the son of Remaliah (7: 4-9).
Isaiah appears to have entertained extreme doubt as to Ahaz and expressed his doubt
in the words "If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established" (7: 9).
To encourage Ahaz yet further in resisting the enmity of these confederate kings, he is
called upon to ask a sign of the Lord, whether in the depth, or in the height above. He
appears, however to have made up his mind, "he had a policy of his own and was
determined to pursue it. He insisted on appealing to Assyria" (G. A. Smith).
"So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser, King of Assyria, saying, I am thy servant
and thy son; come up and save me" (II Kings 16: 7).
Upon the King's refusal to ask a sign, the prophet replies with the second great sign of
the section, the sign of the Virgin's Son.
IMMANUEL "God with us" (7: 14). We must give this sign closer attention, but
will continue and record the third of these signs together with Isaiah's own comment and
MAHER-SHALAL-HASH-BAZ "Haste, spoil, speed, prey" (8: 1-4) which speaks
of the coming of the King of Assyria and the spoiling of Damascus and Samaria.
"Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for
wonders in Israel from the Lord of Hosts which dwelleth in mount Zion" (8: 18).