The Divine Oracle Of Isaiah

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by a royal figure who will lead God’s people with reverence and obedience. “This too allows Immanuel to function positively for the nation (7:16) but negatively for the king (7:17)” (Seitz, 65). Ahaz and the House of David’s sins cause God to release his wrath upon them for penance of their sins. God’s eternal promise to David did not guarantee that God will unconditionally preserve the House of David. However, complete destruction will not befall Judah, but necessary judgment “for the sake of the office and for the sake of the one to whom the promises of the office were first made” (Seitz, 73). Ahaz’s refusal to trust in the Lord brings about the oppression of the Assyria king, whom he joined in betrayal of God, upon Judah. However, God delivers His people through the Immanuel. The divine oracle of Isaiah in Chapter 8 speaks again of the nation’s turning back from their intended besiegement upon Judah. “Because of the suitability of both of these oracles to the situation of Jerusalem’s deliverance in 701, it would make sense to interpret Immanuel as none other than Hezekiah” (Seitz, 65). Before focusing on the role of King Hezekiah, let’s look at the characteristics of the figure of the Immanuel. The consequences of Judah’s sin will nearly overtake the people like the Euphrates River overtaking its banks. This gives purpose to the Immanuel figure to save Judah through as the representative of God. “But with us is God, whose wings are spread as wide as your land is
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