Immanuel

Immanuel (I-man´yoo-uhl; Heb., “God is with us”)

The name of a child whose birth is symbolic of God’s guiding and protecting presence (Isa 7:14; Isa 8:8; Matt 1:23). The name was first used by the prophet Isaiah as a sign given to King Ahaz of Judah during the Syro-Ephraimite war (ca. 734 BCE). A young woman, who either already was or soon would be pregnant, would give birth to a son who would be named Immanuel. Before the child was old enough to know the difference between good and evil, the two nations of whom Ahaz was afraid would be destroyed. In the NT, (Isa 7:14) was used by Matthew to interpret the meaning of the virginal conception of Jesus. Matthew believed that Jesus embodies the ancient promise as the one in whom and through whom God now dwells with God’s people.

Isa 7:14

14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.

Isa 8:8

8it will sweep on into Judah as a flood, and, pouring over, it will reach up to the neck; and its outspread wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel ... View more

Matt 1:23

23“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means, “God is with us.”

Isa 7:14

14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.

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