Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.CHAPTER 7
The Prophet before King Ahaz
1. The king in trouble (Isaiah 7:1-2) 2. Isaiah sent and his message (Isaiah 7:3-9) 3. A sign offered and refused (Isaiah 7:10-12) 4. The sign: The virgin birth (Isaiah 7:13-16) 5. The advent of the Assyrian (Isaiah 7:17-25)Study carefully the historic setting of this chapter and2 Chronicles 28:1-277. See lecture on “Messianic Predictions.” In verse 14 the virgin birth of Christ is announced. Much of the controversy is around the word “virgin” (almah), which the critics declare does not mean a virgin but a young married woman. However, they err. In Genesis 24:43, Exodus 2:8, Psalm 68:25, Song of Solomon 1:3, etc., the same word is used, and it means “virgin” in these and other passages. The Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Old Testament made some 300 years B.C., translates the Hebrew “almah” with “pardenos,” the Greek for virgin.Matthew 1:23 confirms this Messianic prediction.