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11 For the
LORD [Yahovah] spake ['amar] thus to me
with a strong [chezqah] hand, [yad] and instructed [yacar] me
that I should not walk [yalak] in the way [derek] of this people, [`am]
saying, ['amar] KJV-Interlinear
11 For thus
the Lord spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way
of this people, saying, NASB
That nation of Judah and its leader, Ahaz, despite all of these things that God had communicated through Isaiah, were about to enter into an alliance with the Assyrians, placing their trust and safety in such an alliance against the two nations, Syria and Samaria, that were plotting an invasion against Judah.
Gods has given his promise of their safety. God has already offered signs and proofs that they will be safe. God even went so far as to give Ahaz the opportunity to name his own sign, anything he wanted, and it would have been granted.
But Ahaz refused the offer, refused the promises, refused the signs, and along with him, the people did likewise.
If you look to the leadership of a nation, you can generally see the collective attitude of its people. And here the people of Judah certainly fit that picture of a negative attitude toward God.
And here it is stated clearly. Not walk in the way of this people.
Ahaz was negative, and that is well documented. The people followed in that same pattern of anti-God attitudes.
They collectively looked to a foreign nation, a godless nation, one who pursued nearly everything that was false in life.
And so when you look to the false, then what should you expect to gain?
God spokes to Isaiah with a strong hand, which simply means that Gods words were authoritative and convincing.
Isaiah heard the words and believed them. Ahaz heard the same words and did not. The people heard the same words and rejected them.
And so it is throughout history even in our present day. People look to their own devices to determine their own beliefs. If things do not go badly at first or instantaneously then they believe their own invented beliefs. If things generally go well then that only reinforces their false beliefs.
And people will do whatever seems right in their own minds, working for and justifying, their chosen pattern of thought and life.
And subtle resistance becomes stubborn resistance, and stubborn resistance becomes the foundation for an eventually failed life forever.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.