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Do Not Faint

Anneta Pinto

“And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah” (Isaiah 7:4).

In Isaiah 7, Ahaz was King of Judah and the Kings of Syria and Jerusalem came up to wage war against him. When the people learnt about the possible attacks against their country, they were terribly afraid. The bible says that their hearts shook like leaves in a forest. The Lord spoke to Isaiah and gave him a comforting word for King Ahaz. The word from the Lord was, ‘be careful, be quiet, do not fear and do not let to your heart faint.’ God revealed to Ahaz what the plot was against Judah and the plans that the Kings had. “thus says the Lord God: “‘It shall not stand, and it shall not come to pass” (Isaiah 7:7). During King Ahaz’s reign, Judah was never invaded by the Assyrians.

God also spoke through Isaiah to Ahaz, about what would come of the cities within sixty five years. Ahaz was also told that if he was not firm in faith, then he would not be firm at all. It was also during this time, when the Lord revealed to Isaiah, about the coming Messiah. God wanted his people to know, what would eventually happen in the future. Isaiah also prophesied about the coming Assyrian invasion of Isreal. Despite Isaiah’s many prophecies, about the exile and captivity of the Jews, he had the most accurate accounts of the life of Jesus Christ.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Perhaps the connection between Isaiah’s prophecies, regarding the Jewish captivity and the eventual life of Jesus, was to assure the people of God’s plans for redemption. Many times God’s people had fallen out of favour with him, due to their sin and rebellion. The yearly sacrifices of animals for the redemption of sin, was not sustainable for mankind.

God had a plan for ultimate redemption and restoration. Despite the disappointment which the children of Israel caused throughout the years, God had a plan to redeem his people back to himself. As such, the promise was that they would not see total destruction. There is a lot happening in our world currently that can cause us to lose heart. Our word of encouragement is, ‘be careful, be quiet, don’t fear and don’t faint.’ Christ himself is our redemption and one day soon he will come again to redeem us unto himself.

A.P.-Y.

Published by Anneta Pinto-Young

I am a trained Social Worker who currently provides professional leadership on a programme to support Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers entering the Social Work Profession.

Born and raised in Jamaica in a Christian family where my father is an ordained Pastor and Deacon who has served for over 50 years in the ministry. My father is also a trained musician and our family can be described as a musical family. I grew up in a small farming community in St. Peter’s, St. Andrew and my parents also have a small farm.

I credit my gift of writing to my father who I watched and listened to over the years as he wrote sermons, poems and other recitals in his capacity in ministry. English has always been an easy subject for me and over the years I have developed an increased interest in writing.

I am a Trainer, I sing and have a passion for worship, the spoken word and the free flow of the prophetic anointing. I am married to my best friend Andrew Christopher Young who is an advanced Musician and whose music you can find on YouTube and Facebook. I am a trained Coach and Mentor and I love experimenting with food so I love cooking. I enjoy trying cultural dishes from across the world and I view food as an entry into cultures and languages.
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Published
December 23, 2021

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