Read Isaiah 5-8.
(Isaiah 5-6) God sings a love song over his vineyard, his people, but the song turns to lament. God looks for fruit but finds thorns; He planted grace but His people yielded greed. He calls Isaiah to speak for Him until the land is laid waste. But a stump will remain.
(Isaiah 7-8) Two neighboring armies pound on Jerusalem’s door, threatening God’s people. The people shake in fear. These armies are nothing; their kings pipsqueaks. God is the only King His people should fear, and He’s sending a tsunami — the Assyrians! The Assyrians will sweep over the threatening armies and wash them away. God’s people too will get flooded and in Assyria’s wake, the land will be a ruin, where people rake through embers, looking for light, a sign of hope.
But God already gave it… a baby named “Immanuel. ” (7:14)
Great King, may I take You seriously, may I fear You more than all the other fears that pound on my door. May I not try to solve my darkness dilemma by looking downwards, scratching through the embers of peddled hopes, but may I turn my face toward your Son. In His light, may I bear fruit that makes You sing. Amen.
– Lora Copley