And even in 20 weeks, it still remained an overview. Much of the book of Isaiah remains below the surface for me, and I look forward to mining for more gold in the future.
Over the next few weeks, I would like to share that overview here, along with many insights that I gained while preparing the classes. Today's post is an introduction to the book of Isaiah.
If you are stranded on the proverbial desert island and can only choose one book of the Bible to have with you, I highly recommend Isaiah. The book is like a mini-Bible, an overview of God's plan for the world. Just like the rest of the scriptures, this book is Yeshua-focused. It all points to our Redeemer.
It is 66 chapters long (the Bible is 66 books long). The tone of Isaiah changes significantly after the first 39 chapters. (The Hebrew scriptures, aka the "old testament" have 39 books). This change of tone has even led some scholars to surmise that the second part of Isaiah was written by someone else.
All through the book, we can see the recurring themes of sin, judgment, repentance, mercy, forgiveness, and restoration.
There is judgment declared to Israel and to the nations. The term "Holy One of Israel" is used 26 times in Isaiah, and only 6 more times in the rest of the Hebrew scriptures. Just like today, judgment begins with the household of God.
Isaiah is the second-most quoted book in the New Covenant, behind the Psalms.
Isaiah is filled with near/far prophecy. That is, prophecies that were about to be fulfilled in the near future, as well as prophecies that will be fulfilled thousands of years from the time of writing. By the time we get to the end of Isaiah, we will clearly see that we are seeing those prophecies come to fulfillment in our day.
Who is Isaiah?
Setting the Stage
|The nation of Israel had split into two kingdoms under Solomon's son Rehoboam.|
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