Isaiah 7:10-14 An Appearance of Piety but really rebellious.

Isa 7:10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
Isa 7:11 “Ask the LORD your God for a sign. It can be anything you want.”
Isa 7:12 But Ahaz answered, “I won’t ask; I wouldn’t think of testing the LORD.”
Isa 7:13 “Listen now, descendants of David,” Isaiah said. “Isn’t it enough that you try the patience of mortals? Must you also try the patience of my God?
Isa 7:14 So the Lord himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel [God Is With Us].

NOTES Isa 7:10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
Isa 7:11 “Ask the LORD your God for a sign. It can be anything you want.”

As for a sign convincing to yourself since you do not fully believe the words of the Prophet Isaiah. Since Ahaz disbelieved God proposes to him that he ask for proof or a demonstration that would put the words of the Prophet beyond doubt.

A SIGN = A miraculous demonstration that shall confirm the Promise that had been made to him.

sign Heb. (owt) or (oth) = which was a flag or standard. Cp. Num 2:2 “The Israelites will put up their tents with each family under the flag that symbolizes its household. They will put their tents around the tent of meeting, facing it.

Gen 17:11 All of you must be circumcised. That will be the sign of the promise from me to you.

So circumcision was the Sign or Pledge token or Proof of the Covenant God made with the Israelites.

Jdg 6:17 Gideon said to him, “If you find me acceptable, give me a sign that it is really you speaking to me.

It was a miracle performed in attestation of Divine Promise or Message.

Some people do not want a demonstration of God’s Divine faithfulness to His promise. No matter what they will not be convinced.

Isa 7:12 But Ahaz answered, “I won’t ask; I wouldn’t think of testing the LORD.”

Notes V.12 He now assumes the appearance of Piety [ the quality of being religious or reverent.”] In Deut. 6:16 it say, “Thou shalt not tempt the LORD, thy God” His was only a professed reverence for God. He was not really devoted to The LORD. He had already started stripping the gold from the Temple of God in Jerusalem to send to the King of Assyria to defend him against Ephraim and Syria.cp. 2 Kings 16:7-8

In other words he is saying, “We are the people who are depending on our own devices and resources. We are unwilling to seek the aid from the God of Israel and Judah, Jehovah.

To test = to tempt ie. try and do something that will provoke His displeasure. (Barnes Notes)

Isa 7:13 “Listen now, descendants of David,” Isaiah said. “Isn’t it enough that you try the patience of mortals? Must you also try the patience of my God?
Isa 7:14 So the Lord himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel [God Is With Us].

Notes.   “Listen now, Descendants of David. These were the King and Princes who had descended from the King David. But David had confided in God but here is Ahaz afraid of tempting God. It is as if He would not help him anyway. (Barnes Notes).

Isaiah said. “Isn’t it enough that you try the patience of mortals? (mere men.)

You are not satisfied with only wearing out the people but you would wear out the Patience of God as well.

Must you also try the patience of my God?

Will you refuse to keep His commands and try His patience ?

Isa 1:14 I hate your New Moon Festivals and your appointed festivals. They’ve become a burden to me, and I’m tired of putting up with them.
Isa 1:15 So when you stretch out your hands in prayer, I will turn my eyes away from you. Even though you offer many prayers, I will not listen because your hands are covered with blood.

Ahaz, by His unbelief and idolatry greatly tried the patience of God and all the devout people in the land. 

Here is a great affront directed at God Himself.

God will give you proof that the Land will be safe even though, you, a proud and Irreverent Monarch of Israel refuses to seek God’s Promise and His Confirmation.

Question: “What does it mean to have reverence for God?”

Answer: Reverence is honour and respect that is deeply felt and outwardly demonstrated. Because of the Lord God’s awesome power and majesty, He is deserving of the highest level of reverence (
Leviticus 19:30). The Bible records reverence as the automatic response of everyone who encounters the awesome grandeur of the Lord God Almighty (Numbers 20:6Judges 13:201 Chronicles 21:16).

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