The book of Isaiah was written by a prophet living during the reign of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, and brought a message of judgement and salvation.
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ISAIAH THE PROPHET
When we read the book of Isaiah, we might think, What a wonderful guy—this holy man telling everyone about a coming Savior!
The reality is Isaiah probably didn’t have a lot of friends. Isaiah was a bit of a downer.
Sometimes I catch myself wanting to sugar-coat things, to pretend like the Bible is only Good News. Of course, the Bible is good news, but only because the state of things are so bad!
The Garden of Eden was a place of perfection, but once sin entered the equation, perfection no longer existed—except for God. Throughout the entire Old Testament, you see God drawing his people back time and time again. Isaiah tells us like it is—we are sinful, deserving punishment, needing repentance and a perfect Savior.
ISAIAH’S WARNINGS AND PROPHECIES
The book of Isaiah was written to the people of Judah (the southern, smaller kingdom after the split). During his life, four kings reigned over Judah:
Isaiah tells the Israelites that they will go into exile and later be redeemed and eventually return to their homeland. He speaks simultaneously of hope and punishment—judgement and salvation. He also predicts that the evil nations who worship false gods will eventually be punished, and that a perfect Messiah is coming!
The Jews of the time expected an earthly king to be this Messiah (aka Christ). But when the time came (500 years later!), Jesus came in the form of a suffering servant. Born in a barn, working as a carpenter and killed as a criminal–this was not what they had in mind.
God seldom works in ways we’d expect, and his wisdom is beyond what we can comprehend. Isaiah is reminder of God’s authority, power, wisdom and gentleness all at the same time.
THE BOOK OF ISAIAH PRINTABLES
Open up your Bible, read through the book of Isaiah and print out these visual notes to guide you as you read.
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