Trust and Mistrust – Isaiah 31

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Error of Mistrust (31:1–3)

Generally speaking, in Isaiah 28–33 God is confronting Israel for their self-reliance, their dependence upon others, and their lack of trust in Him. More specifically, in Isaiah 30–31 God warns the people about their tendency to rely upon Egypt for help. Continue reading Trust and Mistrust – Isaiah 31

Judgment, Justice, and Praise – Isaiah 25

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Isaiah’s Praise (25:1–5)

Today’s chapter appears in a section of this book (cf. Isa. 24–27) where Isaiah describes the general judgment of God upon all the earth before praising God for His redemption and restoration. Note that this section appears between God’s declarations of judgment upon the nations in proximity to Israel (cf. Isa. 13–23) and His confrontation of the sins of Israel (cf. Isa. 28–35). Continue reading Judgment, Justice, and Praise – Isaiah 25

Judgment of Tyre – Isaiah 23

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City Identified (23:1–3)

It is interesting that many of God’s prophets delivered messages of judgment upon the foreign nations that surrounded Israel. Reasons for this include: (1) Some of the Gentile nations were enemies of Israel and did great harm to God’s people; Continue reading Judgment of Tyre – Isaiah 23

Prophecy of a Virgin Birth – Isaiah 7

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Problem Described (7:1–2)

Like many of the books in the Bible, the material recorded in Isaiah is not presented in strict chronological order. Note that between Isaiah 6 and 7 at least five years have passed. Indeed, Isaiah 6 occurs “in the year that King Uzziah died” (Isa 6:1), which was ~739 BC; while Isaiah 7 occurs “in the days of King Ahaz” (Isa. 7:1), who began to reign in ~734 BC. Continue reading Prophecy of a Virgin Birth – Isaiah 7

The Call of Isaiah – Isaiah 6

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Holiness of God (6:1–4)

Isaiah received his prophetic call to ministry in the year that King Uzziah died, which was ~739 BC. Uzziah had been a good king, and his 52-year reign was marked by peace and economic prosperity. Continue reading The Call of Isaiah – Isaiah 6

Isaiah: Introduction – Isaiah 1

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Author and Date – Isaiah was a prophet who ministered mainly to the southern nation of Judah during the time of the divided monarchy. He ministered from ~739 BC–686 BC. Isaiah is one of the so-called major prophets, along with Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Continue reading Isaiah: Introduction – Isaiah 1