Before the child is old enough to know the difference between good and evil, between right and wrong, then both kings, that of Syria and that of Israel, will be no more.
And in fact shortly after this prophecy, which occurred only a couple of years prior, the king of Assyria marched on Syria in Damascus and killed Rezin, the Syrian king. Likewise a year later the king of Israel was assassinated.
Pekah, the king of Israel, the son of Remaliah, was assassinated by Hoshea, the son of Elah, who conspired against him and killed him. This occurred in the fourth year of the reign of Ahaz. Enough time for a girl to get engaged, get married, get pregnant, and raise up a child for a couple of years as the prophecy stated.
Both of these events are documented in 2 Kg. 15-16.
But Ahaz did not merely listen and accept this prophecy as given by Isaiah. He had to go and add to Gods plan and try to do things in his own way.
After this message, Ahaz took the gold and silver from the temple and sent it to the king of Assyria, who in turn invaded Syria.
For this distrust, the next several verses speak of the treachery of Ahaz and certainly his lack of faith, and that the very person he sought to rely upon, the king of Assyria, will now become an even greater enemy against him.
This, God will bring about as punishment for the lack of faith in Ahaz.
No matter what you place your faith in, in this world, it will, sooner or later, become your enemy, the very source of your failure, the basis of your loss, and the cause of your misery in this life.
Again we have a verse that will have a double meaning in its application toward the sign being given to Ahaz, and the prophecy that is attributed to Christ as a child.
Butter and honey are forms of foods that are typically given to infants. And as the infant grows up and begins to learn of the differences between good and evil or right from wrong, so then the diet will also change.
So this is a description of the time period when the child is in its infancy. He does not learn right from wrong from his diet, but this describes the period of infancy until he is able to discern the differences between right from wrong.
As for the first sign, then this applies to the first two or three years of the child, as it moves beyond infancy and into the toddler stage of life.
And as for the sign for Ahaz, this now includes the time that a virgin unmarried girl, then gets engaged, then gets married and then gets pregnant, and then has a child and then the child is raised out of infancy. This whole time frame could possibly cover perhaps six years, give or take.
Through all of this time, Ahaz will witness that the invading forces will fail, that his economy will continue to thrive and then the northern threat will eventually vanish as a threat. Thus, Ahaz has his sign which is reinforced repeatedly by the passage of time.
This also applies to the Christ child, in that God does not require food for His nourishment, but a human infant does. And the baby Jesus will be raised in the usual manner as all children of his day were raised. Since this child, the Messiah, is God, then He too is now referred to as man, and therefore is portrayed as both God and man. The Messiah is both God and man the unique person of the universe, born of a virgin, and raised as a normal human baby.
The third principle from this verse as it applies to Ahaz, is that butter and honey are not only the typical foods for an infant, but they are also commodities that are readily available in a prosperous society. Thus even though the nation is under threat from Israel and Syria, that threat does nothing to upset the balance of the economy of Judah.
The young virgin of Ahaz’s day is not referred to as royalty, nor identified with any particular quality, and therefore is from the common class of people, and therefore this reinforces the concept of the stability and prosperity of the economy on the whole for all citizens, both rich and poor.
A further indication that the nation is safe, in accordance with Gods promise.
And even in the time of Christ, there is a degree of prosperity in existence whereas a poor carpenter is able to provide for his family with adequate means and under normal circumstances, even though in Jesus’ time the nation was under the yoke of Roman rule.
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