The Call of Isaiah – Isaiah 6

Read the Passage: Isaiah 6

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

Read the Passage: Isaiah 1

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

Hophni, Phineas, & Samuel – 1 Samuel 2:12–3:21

Read the Passage: 1 Samuel 2:12-3:21

Sins of the Sons (2:12–26)

In Exod. 29:9 God had declared that Aaron’s descendants would always be priests before the Lord. Therefore, one would expect that Hophni and Phineas—the sons of Eli (who was himself a descendant of Aaron’s son Ithamar)—would succeed Eli in the priesthood. While some descendants of Eli would eventually minister before God, in explaining Samuel’s rise to the priesthood, the author of 1 Samuel documents Eli’s sons’ disqualification from ministry. Note that Samuel was a descendant of Aaron’s forebear Levi, thus qualifying him to be a priest (cf. 1 Chron. 6:33–38).  Continue reading Hophni, Phineas, & Samuel – 1 Samuel 2:12–3:21