”When they saw the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” [Matthew 2:10]
The star – that which they had searched for, believed would come and left all to follow. The One that Isaiah had spoken about in the Holy Scriptures! The fulfillment of God’s Word bringing ‘exceeding great joy’!
We see the prophetic word of God being fulfilled, as it was then it is now! There were wars and rumors of wars… this conversation took place in the midst of terrorism and war; King Ahaz was shaking in his boots.
Listen to what God told Ahaz… ” ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything, be extravagant. Ask for the moon!” [Isaiah 7:10 The Message] ”Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!” …what hypocrisy!
The God of the universe says… “what do you want… ask and it shall be given unto you. You are the called and chosen of God…” [1 Peter 2:9] …ask for a sign…a divine intervention in your life or the life of your loved ones, your neighbors, and your nation!
Are you pious in your lack this morning or desperate in your need – ask for a sign from your God. If you are unable to ask then hear the loving response of God to Ahaz’s unbelief, “Watch for this. A girl who is presently a virgin will get pregnant. She’ll bear a son and name him Immanuel [God-with-us]…” [Isaiah 7:14 TM]
It happened just as God said it would. What ‘sign have you asked God for? Are you weak and weary in faith or willing to …ask for a sign, something that will reveal the manifestation of Immanuel – God-with-us! What He promised He accomplished. We have seen the star and come to worship Him; now what have you asked Him for?
Further reading: Psalm 56, 1 Peter 2