Trusting in God – Isaiah 37

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Isaiah’s Assurance (37:1–7)

Isaiah 36–39 is an historical narrative that punctuates the prophecies of Isaiah. These four chapters are almost copied verbatim in 2 Kings 18:13–20:19 and again in 2 Chron. 32:1–23. It is probable that the writer of 2 Kings, whom tradition holds was Jeremiah, copied from Isaiah, not vice-versa (cf. 2 Chron. 32:32). Continue reading Trusting in God – Isaiah 37

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

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

Trusting in God – Psalm 146

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Misplaced Trust (146:1–4)

This Psalm contains no superscription; thus, we cannot be sure who wrote it or of the exact context of the Psalm. Many modern scholars believe David penned this Psalm, while Jewish tradition ascribes it jointly to Haggai and Zechariah. If David wrote Psalm 146 then perhaps it was written in reflection upon his error of ordering a census of Israel (cf. 2 Sam. 24). Continue reading Trusting in God – Psalm 146