07/10/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 5-8
So many chapters of Isaiah contain prophecies of the coming Messiah that we could do a full study just on that topic. We certainly see prophecies in these chapters. But there were two short verses that spoke to me on the inspired nature of Isaiah’s prophecies — both referring to the naming of his sons:
Isaiah 7:3 Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub, to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderer’s Field
Isaiah 8:3 Then I made love to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. And the Lord said to me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.
Both of the names are prophetic: Shear-Jashub means “remnant” and certainly refers to the reality that even in captivity a “remnant” of the faithful will remain.
Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz means “quick to the plunder, swift to the spoil.” This is a reference to the manner in which the nation will be attacked, plundered, and enslaved by Assyria.