A Sign from Heaven
Read Isaiah 7–1 through 12:6
The words caught Earl’s attention as he dashed from the plaza toward the parking lot. A sign reading “Homemade Bread” dangled in the bakery window. Smiling, he remembered how his mother’s bread disappeared within hours, while the bread from the grocery store remained in the pantry for ages. The sign reminded him that something homemade is unique because it carries the personal touch of its maker.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).
It’s no surprise that God decided to announce a special event with His own personal touch. The sign of Immanuel—God with us—reveals the Lord’s desire for closeness. God established a unique relationship with humanity by placing Immanuel inside a person for the very first time. Jesus’ conception was nothing less than miraculous. This advent was a type and shadow of the inward, salvation experience that would set the divine pattern for all intimacy: God with us, Christ in us.
Thought for Today: The world offers many signs, but the ones from heaven carry the Master’s touch. They point the way to salvation and a closer relationship with God.
Quicklook: Isaiah 7:10–25
—Charles Earl Harrel
God’s Word for Today © 2005 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.