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Isaiah 7:13 Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also?”I can see Isaiah: one hand in his hair, the other hand pinching the bridge of his nose, eyes squinted shut, cords on his neck standing out with effort as he struggles to keep his temper with King Ahaz. The king turns out to be such a rotten specimen that he’s not even buried with the rest of the kings, and his son has to literally air out the temple after Ahaz dies. But God’s goodness knows no bounds, and Isaiah proclaims the sign of Immanuel—the coming Messiah—to this totally unworthy and unqualified person.
Isaiah reminds us that God’s goodness will yet come to the children of Israel, Ahaz’s badness notwithstanding, and they will be filled with abundance and love. Ahaz didn’t have to be rotten—he could have chosen to believe. He could have been good, even. You and I have this same chance. I hope we choose well.