The prophet will withdraw his disciples, and the elect remnant will thus take shape (8:16-18). The dark days (8:19-22) will end in the coming of a great light, the advent of the Messiah (9:1-7). The remainder of chapter 9 is a prophecy of judgment upon the northern kingdom of Israel. Let Judah then beware (10:1-4)!
- When disaster comes, and God seems to have hidden his face, what is man tempted to do (8:19)? Cf. Lev. 19:31; I Sam. 28:6, 7. What must the child of God do in such a case? What test does Isaiah propose for spiritist teachings?
- Contrast the condition of things under God’s anger (8:21, 22; 9:8-10:4) with Isaiah’s picture of Messiah’s reign (9:1-7). What do the names given to the coming King in 9:6 reveal of his nature?
The anguish of the northern kingdom ‘in the past’ no doubt refers to Tiglath-Pileser’s invasion mentioned in 2 Kgs. 15:29. ‘In the future’, though future to the prophet is described with the past tense of prophetic certainty. For the fulfillment, in part, of the prophecy, see Matt. 4:15, 16.