You know how we’re often challenged to ask big? Well, what is ‘big’ anyway? I saw this in a new light today.
I’ll give a bit of context first. Judah was being attacked by Israel and Syria in 734/733 BC, and they were scared. Isaiah reminded the king of Judah, Ahaz, to believe, to heed and to be quiet, to not fear, that God had made a covenant with David and promised him that a Davidic Ruler would one day sit upon the throne of David forever. (2 Sam. 7:12-17) Messiah was to spring forth from the tribe of Judah.
The Lord invited king Ahaz to ask for a sign so that He would be assured that what God promised was true:
“Ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon!” (MSG).
But king Ahaz wouldn’t ask, because he was relying on Assyria for Judah’s safety instead of on God. Wow,
God Asked Big!
God Himself still gave a sign. He actually asked on our behalf, you could say:
“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
He asked nothing less than a virgin birth! Nothing less than Immanuel, God with us!
The sign, the assurance was – and will always be – Jesus!
Hundreds of years later, Matthew 1:22, 23 clearly points to the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus as the fulfillment of this passage in Isaiah 7. The Lord Jesus Christ is the sinless Immanuel and God manifest in human flesh.
The Name Above Every Name
When we don’t know how to ask big, God sure does! He both asked and provided. He gave His One and only Son, born of a virgin. Sinless blood. To atone for our sins so that we can be One with Him. So I would say, asking big is nothing short of declaring JESUS into any situation or circumstance. Nothing is above Jesus. He is the name above every name. Amen!