Tomorrow morning we take our next step in God with Us by examining Isaiah 7:1-16. This is the famous passage that points forward to the virgin birth and gives us the name “Immanuel,” or “God with us.” The title of my message is “Tiglath-pileser Has Nothing on Jesus.”
I know that is a very popular title for a Christmas message, that’s why I chose it.
Tiglath-pileser was an Assyrian king. He was also an idol. He wasn’t the type of idol made of wood, stone, or a precious metal. He was the type of idol worshipped by a king named Ahaz. Ahaz was a king who had every reason to worship the God of his people, Yahweh, yet chose instead to put his trust in a king who had a large army he could see with his physical eyes.
Tomorrow morning we’ll look into Isaiah 7, a passage that begins like an epic movie, battle lines drawn and swords about to flash. We’ll look into the heart of King Ahaz, a heart God was seeking to win by His word through the prophet Isaiah. It was from the mouth of Isaiah, and into the ears of Ahaz, that God would deliver one of the greatest prophecies in all of Scripture. In the process of examining this scene we’ll see God’s word for us, and we’ll be challenged to make a choice between Jesus and the Tiglath-pileser’s in each one of our lives.
It’s going to be a great morning, come on out and worship with us @ 9:30 and 11:30.