Isaiah’s first Son was mentioned in Chapter 7, Shear-jashub which means A remnant shall return. Now in Chapter 8, we meet Isaiah’s 2nd son Maher-shalal-hash-baz which means “the spoil speeds, the prey hastens.” It must have been difficult to be God’s messenger. Not only do you work for God, no small career move, but then God tells you what to name your children so that they could be a walking reminder of what lies ahead.
Isaiah did as God told him. His sons were reminders to the nation that their behavior would cause the promised land to be swept away. The promising news was, however that a remnant would return.Isaiah also gave a second message of hope to Judah, the news was that God would allow Assyria to go far but only SO far. Israel’s sin would cost them, but, never doubt that God still loved His chosen people and would be there for them.
The most difficult part of parenting a nation was having to allow them to reap the price of their sin. Adonai never, never stopped loving them or wanting them to enjoy peace and prosperity. It is still the same these thousands of years later. God still loves us. He still sends His prophets to warn us of what lies ahead. The Lord does so, lest we forget that our actions have consequences.
He also does so to remind us that while things may seem dismal, Adonai is still large and in charge. We must never lose hope. We need to be the people that pray for revival, grace, forgiveness, and restoration. Then we will be joyful to name our child עססתרעד אנד רעויועד! Revived and restored!
God Bless You
Then the Lord said to me, “Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters,[a] ‘Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz.’[b] 2 And I will get reliable witnesses, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah, to attest for me.”
3 And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz; 4 for before the boy knows how to cry ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.”
5 The Lord spoke to me again: 6 “Because this people has refused the waters of Shiloah that flow gently, and rejoice over Rezin and the son of Remaliah, 7 therefore, behold, the Lord is bringing up against them the waters of the River,[c] mighty and many, the king of Assyria and all his glory. And it will rise over all its channels and go over all its banks, 8 and it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass on, reaching even to the neck, and its outspread wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.”
9 Be broken,[d] you peoples, and be shattered;[e]
give ear, all you far countries;
strap on your armor and be shattered;
strap on your armor and be shattered.
10 Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing;
speak a word, but it will not stand,
for God is with us.[f]