I’m really not a fan of prophecy. It’s confusing in many ways. It’s confusing as to what it means, when it’s for, and whether or not it has even past at this point. There’s a piece of prophesy in chapter 11 that even had me a bit worried for a minute. This is also one of the places where the coming of Jesus is said to be foretold.
There isn’t anything here for the overall study, but it is interesting to note some things going on that weren’t mentioned back in 2 Kings when these events are first discussed.
Chapter seven has the “sign of Immanuel” where the virgin birth is prophesied and some characteristics of Jesus but it blurs toward the end and left me confused as to whether it really meant Jesus or someone coming sooner to help with their more immediate problems. Scholars seem to agree that it’s Jesus, though.
Chapter eight gets quite a bit into the war where Judah and Assyria went up against Israel and Syria. It had looked in 2 Kings 16 that it was simply bribery but this chapter changes it a bit and makes Assyria simply the way that God decided to take his vengeance out on Israel.
Chapter nine gets back into foretelling Jesus’ arrival but has a part in there where it talks about his government and I get how the Jews of the New Testament may have been expecting a full on Davidesque king rather than Jesus.
Chapter ten emphasizes Assyria’s role as ordained by God and that they will later be put back in their place. It also mentions that the Israelites will recover from all this, but only the righteous ones.
Chapter eleven is the creepy prophecy that made me worry. It begins with some stuff that has definitely not come to pass but sounds great with the whole lion laying down with lambs stuff but then veers off into this:
12He will raise a signal for the nations
and will assemble the banished of Israel,
and gather the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.
13The jealousy of Ephraim shall depart,
and those who harass Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah,
and Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
14But they shall swoop down on the shoulder of the Philistines in the west,
and together they shall plunder the people of the east.
They shall put out their hand against Edom and Moab,
and the Ammonites shall obey them.
15And the LORD will utterly destroyb
the tongue of the Sea of Egypt,
and will wave his hand over the Riverc
with his scorching breath,d
and strike it into seven channels,
and he will lead people across in sandals.
16And there will be a highway from Assyria
for the remnant that remains of his people,
as there was for Israel
when they came up from the land of Egypt.
If the first part hasn’t come to pass yet, does that mean all this is yet to come as well? That’s the thing about prophecy.
Chapter twelve is more of a lovely prayer than a prophecy with an emphasis on God as salvation and trusting Him.