If someone has ever broken a promise to you (and chances are, someone has), you understand the sting of disappointment. Often, we develop defense mechanisms or just call into question promises that sound “too good to be true.”
Usually, the more difficult the promise, the more doubtful we are that the person will keep his word.
But there’s one Person who makes impossible promises and keeps them. Always.
Sometimes, people today think the Old Testament is outdated. They don’t see its relevance to their lives.
But as we saw last time, all Scripture is profitable for our learning (II Timothy 3:16); and today, we’re going to look at one Old Testament prophecy that perfectly aligns with the New Testament and see that God always keeps His promises.
Isn’t that truth we need to remember at any age?
In Isaiah chapter seven, God sent the prophet Isaiah to King Ahaz of Judah, a wicked king facing a big problem.
At this time, Israel was divided into two kingdoms, the north (Israel) and the south (Judah). Simply put, neither liked the other very much.
The northern king was teaming up with Syria against Judah, and the outlook looked grim; but God had other plans, and they didn’t include Judah being taken captive just now. In fact, they involved using a mutual enemy, the Assyrians, to attack Israel to prevent them from coming against Judah.
Since Ahaz wasn’t one to trust God, Isaiah challenged him to ask God for a sign that Judah would be spared at present; but stubborn, self-righteous Ahaz refused to ask.
God’s response? He promised a sign, not for unbelieving Ahaz, but for the whole house of David[i].
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14 NKJV)
Jump forward hundreds of years to the familiar passage in Luke chapter one. The angel Gabriel appeared to a virgin named Mary and explained that she would be God’s chosen vessel to bear “the Son of the Highest” (Luke 1:26-33).
Mary asked the same question King Ahaz probably wondered:
How will this be, since I am a virgin? (Luke 1:34b ESV)
One of my favorite verses in all of Scripture is part of Gabriel’s response:
For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37 KJV)
What an amazing thought! Nothing was impossible with God then. Nothing is impossible with God now. An Old Testament sign that contradicted the very laws of nature came to pass in the New Testament.
Because God always keeps His promises.
This article in its original form appeared in the Winter 2015 Issue of Girlz 4 Christ. I’m breaking it down here into three parts to share over the Christmas season.
[i] J. Vernon McGee, Isaiah Chapters 1-35, chap. 7 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1991), Kindle edition.