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Isaiah 7:14 & meaning...


Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14


Isaiah 7 [10.] Yahweh spoke again to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign of Yahweh your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.”

Isaiah 7 [12.] But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, neither will I tempt Yahweh.”

Isaiah 7 [13.] He said, “Listen now, house of David. Is it not enough for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. He shall eat butter and honey when he knows to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child knows to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings you abhor shall be forsaken. Yahweh will bring on you, on your people, and on your father’s house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria. It will happen in that day that Yahweh will whistle for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. They shall come, and shall all rest in the desolate valleys, in the clefts of the rocks, on all thorn hedges, and on all pastures. 


This verse, nestled in the book of Isaiah, holds a profound place in Christian theology and prophecy. To fully appreciate its significance, we need to explore its original context, its prophetic nature, and its fulfillment in the New Testament.

  • Historical Context

Isaiah delivered this prophecy during a tumultuous period in Judah’s history. King Ahaz of Judah faced a dire threat from the allied forces of Syria and Israel. Isaiah was sent to reassure Ahaz that these enemies would not succeed, urging him to trust in God rather than seek political alliances. Despite Ahaz's lack of faith, Isaiah offered a sign from God as a testament to His protection and sovereignty. This sign was the prophecy of a virgin conceiving and bearing a son named Immanuel, which means "God with us."

  • Immediate and Future Fulfillment

In its immediate context, the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 likely had an initial fulfillment during Isaiah's time. The "virgin" (or "young woman" in some translations) could refer to a woman of that era, whose child would symbolize God's presence with His people. This child would serve as a sign that God had not abandoned Judah despite the external threats.

However, the deeper, more profound fulfillment of this prophecy is found in the New Testament. Matthew 1:22-23 explicitly connects Isaiah's prophecy to the birth of Jesus Christ: “Now all this has happened that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son. They shall call his name Immanuel,’ which is, being interpreted, ‘God with us.’”

  • Messianic Significance

The messianic interpretation of Isaiah 7:14 is central to Christian belief. The virgin birth of Jesus is a cornerstone of Christian theology, emphasizing both His divinity and humanity. By being born of a virgin, Jesus is uniquely positioned as fully God and fully man, capable of bridging the gap between a holy God and sinful humanity.

The name “Immanuel” encapsulates the essence of Jesus’s mission. In Jesus, God literally dwells among us. This concept is reiterated throughout the New Testament, such as in John 1:14, which states, “The Word became flesh and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.” This verse highlights the incarnation, the act of God becoming human in the person of Jesus Christ.

  • Theological Reflections

Isaiah 7:14 invites us to reflect deeply on the nature of God’s promises and their fulfillment. It reassures us of God's faithfulness and His active presence in the world. The prophecy, given in a time of fear and uncertainty, underscores that God is intimately involved in the human story, working through history to bring about His purposes.

Moreover, this verse encourages us to trust in God’s plans, even when they seem mysterious or improbable. The promise of a virgin birth would have seemed impossible to its original hearers, yet it was a part of God's perfect plan for salvation. This teaches us to have faith in God's promises, knowing that He can bring about the miraculous and the unexpected to fulfill His will.


Isaiah 9:6-7: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be on his shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, on David’s throne, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that time on, even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of Armies will perform this.” This prophecy expands on the nature and mission of the promised child, emphasizing His divine titles and eternal reign.

Micah 5:2: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, being small among the clans of Judah, out of you one will come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from ancient times.” This verse highlights the birthplace of the Messiah, further detailing the circumstances of Jesus's birth.

Luke 1:35: “The angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore also the holy one who is born from you will be called the Son of God.’” This announcement to Mary confirms the miraculous nature of Jesus's conception and His divine identity.

As we reflect on Isaiah 7:14, we are reminded of the hope and assurance that comes from knowing God is with us. In times of uncertainty or fear, the prophecy of Immanuel encourages us to trust that God’s presence is real and active in our lives. It also challenges us to embrace the miraculous, to believe that God can work beyond our understanding and bring about His purposes in ways that defy human expectations.

The prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 is a powerful testament to God’s enduring promise and the miraculous birth of Jesus, who is Immanuel, “God with us.” It invites us to a deeper faith in God's presence and His unfailing commitment to His people

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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