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.”
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.