Isaiah 7-8

Isaiah 7-8

Chapter 7: Ephraim and Sariah Wage War

In the days when Israel and Syria joined in league against Judah in the days of Ahaz. Via Isaiah and in the presence of his son Shear-Jashub (meaning: ‘a remnant shall return’) the Lord tells Ahaz not to fear, for the attack will not succeed, and Israel will no longer be a nation in 65 years’ time.

The Lord will give a sign: a virgin will conceive, called Immanuel, God with us. Before the child can distinguish good from evil (i.e. within a couple of years), he will be eating curds and honey (i.e. the land will be back to producing plenteous food), and both Israel and Syria will be defeated. However, the Assyrians (whom Judah called upon for help) will inflict heavy calamities upon Judah. Isaiah counsels against a Judah-Assyria alliance to counter the threat from the Israel-Syria one.

Chapter 8: Turn to God for Guidance

Isaiah has a son, whom the Lord tells him to name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, which means ‘speed to the spoil, hurry to the plunder’. Before the children can call his mother and father, the riches of Damascus and Israel will be taken away by Assyria. However, the Assyrian army, compared to water, will overflow its banks and flood Judah with violence and destruction. Judah can prepare for the invasion by fearing God rather than Assyria. Seek the Lord’s light and word, not the darkness of the occult. (Isaiah 8:19-20)

2 Samuel 3-4

2 Samuel 3-4

Chapter 3: David and Saul Wage War

The war between the house of David and the house of Saul continued on, except David kept getting stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul kept getting weaker and weaker. While in Hebron, David has many sons.

David’s Sons: Amnon, Chileab, Absalom, Adonijah, and Shephatiah, Ithream all born from different women. Abner decides to switch sides and start to fight for the king of Israel, David. David however requests that he get his wife Michal back. Joan however takes Abner aside and hits him under his rib, which kills him. Joab slew Abner, because he had killed their brother Asahel in Gibeon.

Everyone mourns for the loss of Abner.

Chapter 4: Saul’s Captains are slain

Saul’s son finds out about the death of Abner and is distraught, just like the rest of Israel. Saul’s son had two men that were guards. These two men go into the house of Ish-bosheth who was lying in his bed at noon. They hit him beneath the rib and beheaded him (obviously killing him). These two men bring the head of Ish-bosheth’s head to King David. These two men thought that David would reward them for killing Ish-bosheth. But instead David reminds them of how he killed a man who claimed to have killed Saul (when really Saul committed suicide). He then asks them, how much more dead they thought they would be for having killed an innocent person. David commands his men to kill the two murderers and has their hands and feet cut off to be hung up over the pool of Hebron and commands that the head of Ish-bosheth is buried in the Sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.