Fear and Dread

Isaiah 7:2. “And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.”

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I find charts of this nature most helpful in getting the chronology straight.  This one helps us see that there was war and destruction for many years.  It was a time of great turmoil for both Judah and Israel (called Ephraim in our verse today because Ephraim was the largest tribe in the northern kingdom). The map I posted in yesterday’s blog post is also helpful in seeing the geographical patterns of invasion and destruction.

The scriptures that detail these events in 7: 1-16 are II Kings 15:37- 16:6; II Chron. 28.) My husband gave me a chronological Bible last year, and it is particularly helpful in keeping the prophets and their times of ministry in order, as well as the events that took place.

In 7:1, we read that Syria and Israel went to war against Judah, but could not succeed in their efforts. They didn’t give up, however, and a second invasion was planned. When Ahaz, King of Judah, who was of the lineage of David, heard of it,  they were “moved like trees in the woods are moved in a windstorm”  That means they were afraid. They were far smaller in number than the combined armies of Ephraim and Syria. They were already pressed and stretched from the first invasion.  There was good reason to be afraid.

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2 thoughts on “Fear and Dread

  1. Love the charts, Linda. Thanks for this series. After the all the hard work and war to take the land of promise by strong and faithful forebears, it was a terrible thing to see the land lost once again and “cease to exist.” Of course, the same thing happened eight centuries later with Judah (Judea). All the destruction and loss was precipitated by turning against their true King and installing replacement kings. According to the New Testament, there are specific signs and clear evidence when the Lord Jesus is in charge. One of these is His protection. First century Judea, composed primarily of the tribes of Judah and Levi, the remnants of Benjamin, and individual members of all the other remaining tribes who collectively referred to themselves as Judahites because they lived in Judea, were warned repeatedly and strongly by the Lord Jesus during His ministry to not reject its real King. It was only those Judahites who understood who the Lord really was and accepted Him as their Messiah who were blessed with protection. They listened to His warnings and escaped the final judgment of a once powerful and faithful nation. The opposite happened to them, as they were blessed and protected, and thrived under His spiritual direction. It continues today for every real believer. We are so incredibly blessed. Thanks again.

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