Isaiah 60-66

The final chapters of the book of Isaiah glow with enthusiastic hope for the day when the righteousness of God would be manifested for His people and the nations.  The prophet looked forward to a new situation in which the people of God would be recognized as His showpiece, and … Continue reading

Isaiah 56-59

This sermon may have been preached to the exiles some time around their release by Cyrus (cf. 2 Chron 36.22-23; Ezra 1.1-4).  Isaiah’s themes here are typical of the latter portions of the book of Isaiah: foreign worshippers are pictured praising the LORD with the descendants of Abraham; all peoples … Continue reading

Isaiah 49-55

During the days of Isaiah’s ministry, and after, God’s people felt abandoned like a wife who had been released by her husband (Isa 54.6).  While the LORD was legitimately angry with His ‘bride’ and sent her into captivity in Babylon/Persia, the prophet announced that He would come to redeem them … Continue reading

Isaiah 40-48

While it is difficult to position the exact temporal reference of Isaiah 40-66, the theological vision these chapters establish is easily discerned.  Here God further showed His jealousy for Israel’s trust, employing polemics to arouse Judah to grasp both His superiority over the idols of the nations, and His plan … Continue reading

Isaiah 36-39

Much of the first thirty-nine chapters of the book of Isaiah are a contrast between Judah’s Kings Ahaz (chs 7-14; cf. 2 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 28), and Hezekiah (chs 13-39; cf. 2 Kings 18-20; 2 Chronicles 29-32).  Isaiah exhorted the former to trust in the LORD and ask for … Continue reading

Isaiah 32-35

Isaiah frankly confronted Jerusalem’s leaders for flirting with an Egyptian alliance (Isa 28.14-22).  The prophet then chided the leaders of the day for not hastening to the LORD’s invitation for deliverance from Assyria (chs 29-30).  In chs 32-35, Isaiah presented the LORD as the true King of His people.  The … Continue reading

Isaiah 28-31

Isaiah confronted Judah with the question, “Who are you going to trust?”  He had described God’s sovereignty over the nations in hopes that Judah would cast herself at His feet and receive grace to endure the Assyrian threat, led by Tigleth-pileser (2 Kgs 16.7-9), Shalmaneser V (2 Kings 17-18), and … Continue reading

Isaiah 24-27

Isaiah wanted his audience to understand that God is exalted over the nations.  He prophesied that God would execute destruction on the present world structure in favor of a new, God-centered government on earth.  Isaiah’s words of destruction and subsequent edification provided Judah with a theological vision for enduring the … Continue reading

Isaiah 13-23

Isaiah’s “woe oracles” in chs 13-23 present the reader with a common prophetic theme: God is jealous for the trust of His people.  God yearns for them to expect that He will deliver, even to the degree that they forsake all others and trust in Him alone.  The declarations of … Continue reading

Isaiah 7-12

Much of Isaiah’s prophecy is a contrast of two of Judah’s kings, Ahaz and his son Hezekiah.  Both faced external threats, Ahaz from Aram and Israel, and Assyria (cf. 2 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 28), and Hezekiah likewise from Assyria.  The LORD, through Isaiah, invited both leaders to trust Him … Continue reading

Isaiah 5-6

Isaiah’s ministry began during the prosperous reign of King Uzziah (2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26).  At that time the LORD blessed Judah; the borders were expanded and the people enjoyed affluence on the home front.  Yet, their wealth had led to greed, and their status to pride; Uzziah received … Continue reading

Isaiah 1-4

Much of the book of Isaiah is a prophetic response to the historical situation in Judah during the reigns of Uzziah (chs 1-6; cf. 2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26), Ahaz (chs 7-14; cf. 2 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 28), and Hezekiah (chs 13-39; cf. 2 Kings 18-20; 2 Chronicles … Continue reading