Jan 10 2010

January 10, 2010 – The Book of Isaiah; the First of the Major Prophets. Self-Study Chapters 1-5

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The Book of Isaiah stands as the first of the major prophets (Isaiah to Daniel).  Isaiah is quoted in the New Testament more than any other Old Testament book.  Isaiah’s name means “The Lord Saves”.  He ministered for nearly sixty years, from 740 B.C. to 681 B.C.  Because of its anticipation of the coming of Jesus Christ and His message of redemption, the Book of Isaiah is sometimes called the fifth Gospel.  About seven hundred years before Jesus was born, Isaiah foretold His coming as a spiritual ruler who would bring redemption for His people.  He would be known as “Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace.” 

Book of Isaiah

Book of Isaiah

Let’s begin our self-study of Isaiah.  Please click on the linkage to the Scripture and read the verses then we will summarize what we have learned.

Isaiah 1:1-31        Isaiah compares the sins of idolatry in the nation of Judah to the evils committed by the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Judah must Repent and turn back to God or suffer the Lord’s punishment.

Isaiah 2:1-22    Isaiah 3:1-26    Isaiah 4:1-6   In the future, Jerusalem will become the City of God and a safe haven for all people of the earth  (  Isaiah 2:1-5  ).  But before that happens, God will judge His people severely because of their pride, rebellion, and evil deeds.

Isaiah 5:1-7   These verses are known as Isaiah’s “Song of the Vineyard.”  He compares the nation of Judah to a vineyard that God has preserved and cultivated.  But the people have produced nothing but bitter, useless grapes.  Jesus also used this imagery of the vineyard for the Jewish people  (see  Matt. 21:33-41  ).

Isaiah 5:8-30   Because of Judah’s sins of idolatry, injustice, and rebellion, God will raise up an enemy nation to carry  His people into captivity:  “They shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it”  (verse 29).

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