Seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, Isaiah proclaimed this prophetic promise.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
But even a fulfilled prophesy can be problematic. Imagine explaining that you were “with child” absent the physical act. Imagine trying to explain the pregnancy to your fiancé. Joseph couldn’t accept it. His plan for a quiet divorce was the act of a godly man with a broken heart. He would move on; she would have the baby alone. That was the plan…until the angel’s visit which provided Joseph with God’s explanation.
The promises God makes will come to be. He never renegotiates. He never changes his mind. He never bases his promises on our actions. When God makes a promise, it is a matter of fact, even seven hundred years before it happens.
Talking to God
Father, I thank you for the certainty of your Word. Thank you for making good on all your promises. Help us depend on you as we wait for your promises to come true. Thank you for sending Jesus—Immanuel, God with us! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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