The 36th day – A message of hope
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. — Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)
The nation of Israel has once again fallen deep into sin, they rebelled against God and chosen a wicked way of living. There arose a prophet of God named Isaiah, who came to proclaim God’s coming judgments on Israel and upon the whole earth. He told them that God would not allow their sins to be unpunished:
16Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. — Isaiah 1:16-18
Isaiah was a one of the greatest prophets (a messenger of God) in the old testament, His prophecy is one of warnings as well as hope. In today’s verse, Isaiah prophesied the birth of Jesus 600 years before Christ. This message is regarded as such a wonderful HOPE.
Here Isaiah prophesies to the house of David saying that a virgin will conceive and have a son whose name will be ‘Immanuel’, which means ‘God with us’. The word ‘virgin’ is Almah in Hebrew, meaning ‘ a young unmarried woman’ Since in the culture of the time such a woman would certainly be a virgin, the KJV and NIV are right to translate it ‘ virgin’. Many centuries later this prophey will be applied to the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus:
23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). — Matthew 1:23
May God give you hope and bless you!