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Bible Commentaries

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Isaiah 8

Verses 1-22


Jehovah’s Word Through Isaiah and the Assyrian Announced

1. The divine instruction and Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Isaiah 8:1-4 ) 2. The Assyrian to come (Isaiah 8:5-8 ) 3. The answer of faith (Isaiah 8:9-10 ) 4. A word to the faithful remnant (Isaiah 8:11-20 ) 5. The coming great distress (Isaiah 8:21-22 ) The names are significant. Isaiah heard the word “Maher-shalal-hash-baz,” and then is told to call his newborn son by this name. The name means “swift for spoil, hasty for prey.” Isaiah’s other son was named “Shear-Jashub,” which means “a remnant shall return.” The names of the sure witnesses are equally full of meaning. Urijah (Jehovah is light), Zechariah (Jehovah remembers), and Jeberechiah (Blessed of Jehovah).

Isaiah 8:14 and Isaiah 8:15 are deeply interesting. It is the rejection of Immanuel, Christ. Compare with Isaiah 28:16 and read the following passages: Luke 2:34 ; Luke 20:18 ; Matthew 21:44 ; Romans 9:32-33 ;1 Peter 2:8 .

Also note the quotation of Isaiah 8:18 in Hebrews 2:13 . The great distress is a description of what awaits apostate Israel.

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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Isaiah 8". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". 1913-1922.