39 Isaiah / Part 1 (3)

Be calm, have no fear

Isaiah 7:1-9
Matthew 5:13-16
‡T In the age of Ahaz

@About 5-6 years have passed after Isaiah was summoned as a prophet. King Uzziah, he suffered from the leprosy, and shut himself up in the detached building of the royal palace, passed away, and finished the reign of that child Jotham which was comparatively moderate, too. There are no especially outstanding activities for that time to Isaiah. And now, it is the age of king Ahaz, he is a child of king Jotham. The Bible journalists turned a very severe eye to this Ahaz. There is like this, "he did not what was right in the sight of the Lord his God, as his father David had done. But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and even made his son pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had driven out from before the sons of Israel."(‡UKings 16:2) Probably, it will be soon that he became a king, because he doesn't want to take delay in the country of the circumference, he imported foreigner culture, and even the religion form again hard, and it detonates Isaiah by contact, and his prophecy activity starts.

@It is here with "the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Aram and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not conquer it."(7:1), this is an invasion to the south kingdom of the so-called Silja/Ephraim (the north kingdom) Allied Forces. This was done continuously for some reason, and they seem to have set attack in waves many times. You had better translate "but could not conquer it." with "there was no battle.". Though they surrounded Jerusalem, but they couldn't begin to pull the south kingdom which shut up in the castle, then they pulled there up. Fear of Ahaz would be handed down to Isaiah. The Silja army aims for the next opportunity, they remain in the north kingdom, then "his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake with the wind."(2) Ahaz demands a reinforcement from Assyria to come through this critical situation somehow. Perhaps it will be to sew a gap of attack..

@At that time, God has Isaiah sent to him. "Then the Lord said to Isaiah, 'Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashubu, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway to the fuller's field,'"(3) "The upper pool, on the highway to the fuller's field", it says the state that the king secured the source to prepare for the battle. As for his going out in such a place, probably, it was a good opportunity for Isaiah who was near almost anonymously could meet the king..


‡U The King is the Lord

@Isaiah is a prophet who takes a son. As for that name "Shear-jashub" means that "the rest of the people come back.", this child played the part of the witness who shows God's anger and pity concretely. Isaiah introduces a message from God to Ahaz. It seems that the reason why he was sent to King was to make it give up an alliance with Assyria. Because it is the allied forces of Silja/Ephraim which are trying to invade Judea now, even if Assyria moves according to request for Ahaz and those allied forces reject it, it is clear that Judea will be subordinated to the allied forces of Assyria next time. In fact, that big country will keep Silja under the control soon, after that entrapped the north kingdom in front of eyes of Ahaz (BC 722), with conquering Palestine various country of the Mediterranean region, Jerusalem is decided to be surrounded though it is after about 20 years later. It was the Egyptian capture that Assyria's having aimed for it since the beginning, and they wanted to put the whole area of Palestine which is so called an overpass under their control. It may be able to say that a request for Ahaz triggered the same God's people, north kingdom downfall.

@However, Isaiah doesn't refer to an alliance with Assyria, rather he says it is Silja and Ephraim who set a battle, as "these two stubs of smoldering firebrands"(4), and he encourages it "do not be fainthearted" for such people. That aggression was to foresee it unless it grew. With "It shall not satnd nor shall it come to pass."(7), "within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered" (8). (But missing what this 65 hints at), perhaps Assyria will send troops even if he fall silent, and the present when Silja goes on an expedition to Judea is the best chance. I think that nothing picks up a chestnut of burning, but this is a message of Isaiah in such a case when we trust God, and we learn "to be calm". Really, it is here, "For the head of Aram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin and the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah". In here, a continuance to "the head of Judea is the Lord" is assumed. "If you will not beleive, you surely shall not last."(9). This is a matter of God, and it is not here except that we stand up "to believe it".


‡V Be calm, have no fear

@In Paragraph 4, it is like this. "be calm, have no fear,". This is one of the Isaiah's central messages. Though I want to try to think about that, as for "to be calm", it will seem to be quite unreliable, but it is not so. If a country has military force to the military force to compete, it will rather fall. I can feel it even if I watch bogged Palestinian terrorism and retaliation dispute of the Israeli armed forces of the present. Now, Japanese politicians maintain an emergency bill, but there was a pacifist constitution, and that pacifist constitution has supported peace beyond this half-century, we hope that they recognize it seriously. Peace is not born from a weapon. There are many examples that the race which did not take a weapon from the times of ancient Roman age relies to a weapon for survival, objection, and a country fell innumberably.

@However, Isaiah doesn't refer to an alliance with Assyria, rather he says it is Silja and Ephraim who set a battle, as "these two stubs of smoldering firebrands"(4), and he encourages it "do not be fainthearted" for such people. That aggression was to foresee it unless it grew. With "It shall not stand nor shall it come to pass."(7), "within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered"(8). (But missing what this 65 hints at), perhaps Assyria will send troops even if he fall silent, and the present when Silja goes on an expedition to Judea is the best chance. I think that nothing picks up a chestnut of burning, but this is a message of Isaiah in such a case when we trust God, and we learn "to be calm". Really, it is here, "For the head of Aram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin and the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah". In here, a continuance to "the head of Judea is the Lord" is assumed. "If you will not believe, you surely shall not last."(9). This is a matter of God, and it is not here except that we stand up "to believe it".

@Because Israel lost sight of God, neighboring Palestinian various countries forgot that God was in Israel, He let escape from Egypt, and He let build a country in Cannan in those days, becase He is having the power, and judged victory or defeat of a fight in an aim only with visible military power and number of a soldier. Isaiah would want to tell such countries about the existence of God as well as Israel. There is one thing which Isaiah told approximately 20 years later that it was said "be calm, have no fear". "For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, 'In quietness and rest you shall be saved, In quietness and trust is your strengh."(30:15) There is it here with "the Holy One of Israel", but this "Holy" was the center when Isaiah was summoned, and it is the meaning of the separation that was completely separated to distinction by people, but is in people. I want to add one more new meaning there with "It is the Holy that other people listen by being with the people, too." If we are afraid of God and are quiet, the Lord oneself shines, and people of the circumference arrive at the sacred place. Isaiah's message sounds "That salvation spreads out to other people as well by standing up firmly for the faith which we believe the cross of Jesus". It bites a heart, and words of Jesus said "You are the light of the world. You are the salt of the earth." seems to pass.