1 Then Yahveh said to me, “Take yourself a large tablet and write on it with a regular stylus pen: for Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. 2 And I will require reliable witnesses as a witness for me: Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah.” 3 Then I was intimate with the prophetess, and she conceived, and she gave birth to a son. And Yahveh said to me, “Call his name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. 4 Because before the boy knows to call out ‘my father’ and ‘my mother,’ he will carry away the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria in the presence of the king of Assyria.”
plenty of room
The name of Isaiah’s newborn was given to him by God before he was conceived. The child was to be a sign that God was going to remove the threat of Samaria and Damascus by having them become somebody else’s prize. Assyria would look upon those nations as its next conquest. This would happen before little Maher would learn to say “Ma.”
There may also be some significance in the fact that Isaiah was told to write the child’s name on a large tablet with a regular stylus pen. This would leave plenty of room for a long list of things that would be promised to the boy. It would be saying that Yahveh promises not only new life, but also a bountiful legacy for that new life.
Disaster and doom looms all around us. In the midst of it, God promises us new life. Then, when we take him up on his promise, we find that that are plenty of other blessings that were part of the package.
LORD, thank you for your glorious deliverance. Thank you also for the many blessings we are already beginning to experience, even as we wait for your return.
 quick to the treasure, speedy to the prey.