Preparing for the Promise - Immanuel
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There were great distinctions between the Immanuel of Isaiah’s day and Immanuel the son of Mary. The first was a type; the other, the antetype; the first was the shadow, the other the Reality. The one symbolized deliverance from foreign oppression, the second was the Deliverer from the oppressor. The first represented God’s presence for but a few years; the second Immanuel is the son who abides for ever.
“I am with you”
“God with us”
There was, however, a difference of viewpoint, for most of the pre-Isaiah expressions are seen from the perspective of God. It was God’s assurance, “I am with you,” not man’s recognition that “God is with us.”