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KEEP CALM...CHRISTMAS IS COMING - God is Here (Audio)

KEEP CALM...CHRISTMAS IS COMING - God is Here (Audio)

The verse in Matthew 1:23 is an actual quotation from Isaiah 7:14. Isaiah speaks this prophecy to King Ahaz in a very difficult time for Judah. Let me take a moment to walk you through that background. After the reign of Solomon, that great king of Israel, Israel was divided into two separate kingdoms—Israel in the North and Judah in the South. Israel turned from God and was overtaken first. It is in the Southern kingdom that Isaiah speaks and where Ahaz is king. Ahaz had reinstated worship of a pagan god. Because of his disobedience and wickedness, surrounding kings were threatening to take over that territory. Instead of depending upon the one true living God, Ahaz turns to the help of the Assyrian king, Tiglath-Pileser. Ahaz had plundered the Temple and given the gold and silver to buy Tiglath-Pileser’s allegiance. God sent Isaiah to Ahaz for a talk. Ahaz refused to listen. It is at this point that Isaiah prophesies about the virgin born child Immanuel. God’s plan will not be thwar

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