During the reign of Ahaz in Judah, the nation was threatened by invasion and internal dissension, and it was at that time God commissioned Isaiah to deliver a message to the troubled king. The Lord’s promise to help His people was expressed in a fascinating manner. the prophet said, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14)
Centuries later, Matthew wrote concerning the birth of the Savior, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ – Which means ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:22, 23). The name Emmanuel gives us a real insight into the character of Christ and the ministry which verifies His claims.
Paul expressed generations of history and faith when he wrote: “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Doubtless, that was the predominate through in the mind of Ahaz when he considered the dangers which threatened to destroy his kingdom. The opposing enemy had several powerful allies against whom it was almost impossible to prevail. Nevertheless, the idea of having the Almighty as a helper and friend had encouraged Israel throughout the centuries. God had accompanied His people during the many years of wilderness wanderings, and if He would help once again, no enemy could prevail against His people.
The King’s thoughts were limited to the urgent need of his situation. When Isaiah delivered his message, it became evident that God’s vision was infinitely wider in scope; he thought of a far reaching world. Jehovah was the God of the impossible! A virgin would conceive, and from her womb would come a Deliverer to help all nations. At one time in history of Israel, the concept of having God as an ally was the most marvelous privilege afforded to the Hebrews.