Although Isaiah is one of the most referenced Old Testament books in the New Testament, this chapter is the one that New Testament authors quote the most. From the mentioning of “Immanuel” in Matthew 1:23 (8:10) to the association of Father/Jesus to children in Hebrews 2:13 (8:18).
However, what sticks out to me most in this chapter is the difference between the small remnant of God’s faithful, enduring people in verses 16-18 and those who were hardened toward the Lord. You see that God’s people preserved God’s Word and how they were patient while trusting in the Lord through trials. God calls them His children and He said they will be a witness to the endurance of Zion (v. 18). The hardened people got involved in the occult while ignoring God’s Word and were sent into exile while raging at God for such consequences. What a stark difference in characteristics and actions for these people. The one similarity in the groups was that God spoke to both of them and it was what they did with that word that made a difference. We must remember this as we hear God’s Word, whether in our alone time with the Lord or on church Sunday mornings.
How can you respond to God’s Word this week?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor