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1. Whom were you named after? What does your full name mean?
2. When have you been afraid of water and why?
3. What do the names of Isaiah’s two sons (chapter 7:3 and chapter 8:3) symbolize in the context of chapters 7 and 8?
4. What does the “waters of Shiloah” in Jerusalem and the river Euphrates in Assyria represent? What then is the meaning of Judah “rejecting” Shiloah and “rejoicing” over Rezin (verses 6 and 7; chapter 7:1) resulting in a sweeping flood?
5. Why does Judah prefer Assyrian help over God’s as they face this crisis (see 2 Kings 16:7 – 9)? Why would idolatry lead to destructive political alliances?
6. Is “O Immanuel” (verses 8 and 10) a cry of despair or of hope? Why? What is Isaiah’s hope for Judah, even as he considers the coming siege from Assyria (see Isaiah 36 and 37)?
7. How has the Lord been like a gently flowing stream to you? When has your choice of allies resulted in a flood of overwhelming trouble? When has God stopped the flood of wrong choices from overwhelming you?
8. What “Rezin’s” and overflowing “Rivers” do people today free from? Which affect you?
Additional Note: The two sons of Isaiah
- Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz (Isaiah 8:3) is a sign of the coming judgment of the captivity of Judah
- Shear-Jashub (Isaiah 7:3) is a sign of the return of a remnant of Judah at the end of the 70 years of captivity (Jeremiah 25:11, 12 and Daniel 9:2). The larger and final reference is to Christ Himself (Hebrews 2:13, 14).