Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz

Isaiah 8

Isaiah is instructed by God to make a record of a name, Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, which literally means, “speed the spoil, hasten the booty.” Isaiah went to the prophetess and she bore a son and they named him this name. Before he can speak, the riches of Damascus and the spoils of Samaria will be taken from the Assyrians. The Euphrates River will overflow its banks and destroy the king. It will also water Judah and heal them.

A warning is then issued that the people of the nations and far countries will be broken and their plans to harm Judah will fail. The Lord then instructed Isaiah to not worry about the conspiracies against Judah, but to hallow the Lord and dwell in Him as a sanctuary. He will punish both houses of Israel, even being a stone of offense among them, but eventually He will rescue those that wait upon Him.

The Lord goes on to say that many will try to consult with mediums and wizards, but that the true place to consult is the Scriptures. Those who forsake the Word of the Lord will fall into darkness and doom.

This chapter has hope and warnings. The name of Isaiah’s son is the longest recorded name in the Bible. It is a name of hope, for it shows that what man has taken, God can restore. However, judgment must be experienced before that grace appears on the scene. What we do with the chastening of God is a determining factor in how we weather the chastening. Submit to the mighty hand of God, and in due time, he will raise you up.

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