This week’s message explores the Immanuel prophecy. It argues that
- the meaning “virgin” for עלמה is legitimate, and it is not true that בתולה would be a more appropriate word to convey this sense;
- the emphasis on the virgin birth of one who would be “God with us” would be profoundly meaningful to Ahaz in the context, and is probably intentional on the part of Isaiah;
- thus Matthew’s quotation of Isa 7:14 is not a loose adaptation of a non-messianic prophecy, but entirely in keeping with how the verse functions in its context.