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Isaiah recorded by THE SPIRIT in chapter 7:

1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but could not prevail against it.

2 And it was told to the house of David, saying, “Syria’s forces are deployed in Ephraim.” So his heart and the heart of his people were moved as the trees of the woods are moved with the wind.

3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-Jashub your son, at the end of the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller’s Field,

4 and say to him: ‘Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear or be fainthearted for these two stubs of smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria, and the son of Remaliah.

5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah have plotted evil against you, saying,

6 “Let us go up against Judah and trouble it, and let us make a gap in its wall for ourselves, and set a king over them, the son of Tabel”—

Many of us came to understand the importance of names in both the Old and the New Testament as we continued pursuing the deeper aspects of The Word.  This realization added breadth to what we have been pursuing in order to gain a greater understanding of what FATHER is conveying to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.  The name Ahaz means "he has grasped".  The name Rezin comes from a root word meaning will, desire, pleasure, self-will, i.e. self interest.  The name Pekah means “to open the eyes”.  Additionally, Remaliah means "protected by Jehovah".  This story was given to us in order to prepare us for the ministry of Jesus Christ and to open our eyes to the calling of the Sons and Daughters of Our Heavenly Father.

Trees often refer to men in Scripture (see Mark 8:24 “I see men like trees, walking.”).  Isaiah spoke to Ahaz and told him to “fear not” nor be fainthearted.  Rezin and Pekah had agreed to set a king over Jerusalem- the son of Tabel which means “ GOD is good”.  On the surface, their intent would be to replace Ahaz with one who professes “GOD IS good” yet we see by the events that this was not the intent of FATHER but rather the intent of man as we read on:

7 thus says the Lord GOD: ​​​“It shall not stand, ​​Nor shall it come to pass.

8 ​​For the head of Syria is Damascus, ​​And the head of Damascus is Rezin. ​​Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be broken, ​​So that it will not be a people.

9 ​​The head of Ephraim is Samaria, ​​And the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. ​​If you will not believe, ​​Surely you shall not be established.” ’ ”

10 Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying,

11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.”

12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!”

13 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

The above prophecy given to Isaiah to communicate to Ahaz to express FATHER’S plan which would manifest centuries later in 2 B.C.  FATHER has expressed three progressive aspects of HIS Will: good, acceptable, and perfect.  Men were wanting to move the kingdom backwards to “good” rather than forward to “perfect” and this story is exposing what the self interest intends for mankind today yet FATHER was prophesying that “perfect” would be revealed to us and manifest Himself as “Immanuel”.  The Sons and Daughters are given this message in order that we move forward to “perfect” out of the realm of “acceptable” rather than backward to “good” and become lukewarm.  This story and prophecy is tied to the term “transformed” by the renewing of our mind.  Paul expressed this Truth by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 12:

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

The Amplified Version expresses in a more detailed manner:

1 Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.

2  And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

It is critical to ponder this Truth as we move forward.

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