ImmerseProphets - Page 82


and honey. In that day the lush vineyards, now worth 1,000 pieces of
silver, will become patches of briers and thorns. The entire land will
become a vast expanse of briers and thorns, a hunting ground overrun
by wildlife. No one will go to the fertile hillsides where the gardens once
grew, for briers and thorns will cover them. Cattle, sheep, and goats will
graze there.
Then the Lord said to me, “Make a large signboard and clearly write
this name on it: Maher-shalal-hash-baz.” I asked Uri­ah the priest and
Zech­a­ri­ah son of Je­ber­e­ki­ah, both known as honest men, to witness my
doing this.
Then I slept with my wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a
son. And the Lord said, “Call him Maher-shalal-hash-baz. For before this
child is old enough to say ‘Papa’ or ‘Mama,’ the king of As­syr­ia will carry
away both the abundance of Da­mas­cus and the riches of Sa­mar­ia.”
Then the Lord spoke to me again and said, “My care for the people of
Ju­dah is like the gently flowing waters of Shi­lo­ah, but they have rejected it.
They are rejoicing over what will happen to King Re­zin and King ­Pe­kah.
Therefore, the Lord will overwhelm them with a mighty flood from the
Eu­phra­tes River—the king of As­syr­ia and all his glory. This flood will over­
flow all its channels and sweep into Ju­dah until it is chin deep. It will spread
its wings, submerging your land from one end to the other, O Im­man­u­el.
“Huddle together, you nations, and be terrified.
Listen, all you distant lands.
Prepare for battle, but you will be crushed!
Yes, prepare for battle, but you will be crushed!
Call your councils of war, but they will be worthless.
Develop your strategies, but they will not succeed.
For God is with us!”
The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like every­one else
does. He said,
“Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do,
and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.
Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life.
He is the one you should fear.
He is the one who should make you tremble.
He will keep you safe.
But to Israel and Judah
he will be a stone that makes people stumble,
a rock that makes them fall.

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