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Immanuel: God with Us (1 of 10)
Series: The ''Names of God''
Isaiah 7:1-14; 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23
INTRO: At one of the darkest moments of Judah's life as a kingdom God proclaimed one of the brightest promises ... provided they walk in obedience with His plans and His Word. There may well be times in your life when you will find yourself closed in on all fronts by the enemy ... what do you do when this happens? For some people FEAR causes them to do nothing ... which leaves them frozen in inaction and ripe for the enemy?
ILLUS: One day in July, a farmer sat in front of his shack, smoking his corncob pipe. Along came a stranger who asked, ''How's your cotton coming?''
''Ain't got none,'' was the answer. ''Didn't plant none. 'Fraid of the boll weevil.''
''Well, how's your corn?'' ''Didn't plant none. 'Fraid o' drouth.''
''How about your potatoes?'' ''Ain't got none. Scairt o' tater bugs.''
The stranger finally asked, ''Well, what did you plant?''
''Nothin','' answered the farmer. ''I just played it safe.''
-- James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 204.
The usual reactions of most are: frustration, doubt, fear, anxiety ... the sense of confinement. IF the dark situation is NOT THE RESULT of our disobedience to God's Word we can have hope, and even if it is because of disobedience to God's Word and we are willing to repent God can bring us hope again ... for He made a promise to Judah that still is the greatest promise to mankind today ... THE PROMISE THAT GOD WILL BE WITH US!
PROP. SENT: One of the greatest prophecies about Jesus' coming into the world as a babe was the name He would have: ''IMMANUEL'' which translated means: ''God with us!'' So if darkness surrounds us, either innocently or even because of disobedience; if we repent and submit to God HE promises to be with us!
I. STANDING IN FEAR! Isa. 7:2-9; 9:6
A. Normal Reactions Isa. 7:2
1. Ahaz and Judah's situation ...
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