Verse 1 – Moreover the Lord said to me, “Take a large scroll, and write on it with a man’s pen concerning Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz (speed the spoil, hasten the booty).”
Verse 2 – “And I will take Myself a faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”
Have witnesses for the writing of this prophecy for it will be a legal document. Uriah was the high priest during Ahaz’s reign.
Verse 3 – Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Call his name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz; (I’m not sure if Isaiah’s wife is the one who is going to have this son, but she was a prophetess.)
Verse 4 – “For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, ‘My father’ and ‘My mother,’ the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be taken away before the king of Assyria.”
The point of this prophecy was that in a few short years the Assyrian army would advance to crush Damascus.
Verse 5 – The Lord also spoke to me again, saying:
Verse 6 – “Inasmuch as these people refused the waters of Shiloah that flow softly, and rejoice in Rezin and in Remaliah’s son;
Verse 7 – Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them the waters of the River, strong and mighty-the king of Assyria and all his glory; he will go up over all his channels and go over all his banks.
Verse 8 – He will pass through Judah, he will overflow and pass over, he will reach up to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings will fill the breath of Your land, O Immanuel.
It was good news to Judah that Assyria would defeat Syria and Israel, the two nations allied against it. This rejoicing was premature since Assyrian threat would come to its doorstep as well. And that’s what happens when we align ourselves with those against God. It’s like picking up a snake, it will bite you.
Verse 9 – “Be shattered, O your peoples, and be broken in pieces! Give ear, all you from far countries. Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces; Gird yourselves, but broken in pieces.
To “Be shatter” means to lose courage by the pressure of sudden fear.
Verse 10 – Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; speak the word, but it will not stand, for God is with us.”
The foreign nations were taking counsel together to destroy God’s people. However, “it shall not stand,” it shall not be accomplished because God is with us.
Verse 11 – For the Lord spoke thus to me (Isaiah) with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:
Verse 12 – “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy’, concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, nor be afraid of their threats nor be troubled.
God didn’t want Isaiah to be in fear like the people were. Their fear came from thinking if they didn’t align themselves with the Assyrian king, they would be destroyed. Isaiah, along with most of the prophets, was viewed as a traitor because he did not support Judah’s national policies.
Verse 13 – The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow (to make holy, set apart); let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.
Let God, and not the kings of Syria and Israel be the object of your fear. The fear of what humans can do is terror, the fear of God is to be in awe.
Verse 14 – He will be as a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the house of Israel, as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Taking refuge in the sanctuary is relying on All Mighty to protect His people, but because the Judean’s had rejected Him, they will experience Him as a stumbling stone.
Verse 15 – And many among them shall stumble; they shall fall and be broken, be snared and taken.”
Verse 16 – Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
“Bind up the testimony” and “seal up the law” means that the words written down would be preserved for future generations. Because some people that were faithful passed these words from generation to generation, we have the Book of Isaiah today.
Verse 17 – And I will wait on the Lord, who hides His face from the house of Jacob; and I will hope in Him.
Verse 18 – Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells in Zion.
Isaiah spoke what the Lord had told him and then he waited for God to bring it to pass. Many of the prophecies God gave through the prophets would not come true for 700 years; others still haven’t been fulfilled. It’s not always immediate when God gives us a vision or speaks to us about what will happen. That’s why we wait.
Verse 19 – And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?
Consulting mediums and spiritualist was prohibited in the Old Testament and is still prohibited today. Your dead grandmother knows nothing. When people think they have contacted a dead person concerning their future, they have in reality contacted a demon!
Verse 20 – To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word it is because there is no light in them.
Even if the necromancers (those who used magic to communicate with the dead) speak anything contrary to what was just spoken by Isaiah, they were not true because they were full of darkness.
Verse 21 – And they will pass through it hard pressed and hungry, and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and cure their king and their God, and look upward.
Verse 22 – Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness.
The people would blame God for their troubles instead of realizing it was because of the choices they made.