Isaiah Says to Worship Our God of Salvation
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.-Isaiah 53:5-6, emphasis added
Isaiah (740-681 B.C.) was a contemporary with Hosea (753-715 B.C.) and Micah (742-687 B.C.). From the revolt of Satan to the rule of the Savior, all is told by this most eloquent prophet, Isaiah. He was the "Shakespeare of the prophets" and the "Paul of the Old Testament." Isaiah has more to say about the greatness of God (Isaiah 40, Isaiah 43 , the horrors of the Tribulation (Isaiah 24), the wonders of the Millennium (Isaiah 35), and the ministry of Christ (Isaiah 53) than any other book in the Bible. Isaiah 53 is probably the most important and far-reaching chapter in the Old Testament, as it is quoted from or alluded to eighty-five times in the New Testament. Jesus said that Isaiah saw His glory and spoke of Him (John 12:41).
The book of Isaiah is an extended commentary on Jonah 2:9 where that prophet exclaimed from the fish's belly, "Salvation is of the Lord!" The word "salvation" appears thirty-three times in the writing of the prophets and, of these, twenty-six instances occur in Isaiah. Isaiah is divided into two sections: 1:1-39:8 and 40:1-66:24.
The first thirty-nine chapters describe the judgment by the Lord. (This seems to almost parallel the Old Testament's thirty-nine books that declare the holiness, righteousness, and justice of God.) The next twenty-seven chapters describe the comfort in redemption and restoration. (This seems to almost parallel the New Testament's twenty-seven books that declare the grace, compassion, and glory of God.)
The book of Isaiah has three major themes that may be summarized in personal choices similar to those made by Isaiah.
First Theme-The overwhelming sense of sin and the wrath of God against it. This is clearly seen in the twenty-one times that Isaiah uses the word "woe." In God's sight, We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses [good deeds] are like filthy rags; . . . And there is no One who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us because of our iniquities (Isaiah 64:6-7). Personal choice: I will become a person of conviction.
Second Theme-The all-pervading awareness of the power, majesty, and holiness of God. Twenty-three times Isaiah uses the divine name of "The Holy One of God," a name nearly unique to Isaiah (except for five other passages). The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever (Isaiah 32:17). Personal choice: I will confess that You, oh God, are holy.
Third Theme-The crystal clear sight of the salvation and coming victory of Christ: Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; they will see the land that is very far off (Isaiah 33:17). Personal choice: I will live with confidence.
I pray that you will choose to become a person of conviction: acknowledge that God is holy, and is therefore One in whom you can place your total confidence. Oh worship your King in all His beauty, and bow before Him!
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