I have to admit something to my shame. I never read the book of Isaiah until 2017. Oh, I read and even memorized a few verses, but I was afraid to tackle the book, thinking it would be too difficult. I almost missed this treasure in God’s Word! It is long and sometimes confusing, and much of it is in a poetic style in spite of its prophetic nature, but it also speaks of some of the grandest themes in scripture.
Isaiah was a prophet of God
The Jews claim Isaiah was from a royal family. He was a prophet primarily to the Kingdom of Judah, which passed through repeated seasons of rebellion and revival. He authored the book that bears his name between 739 and 681 B.C. Scholars point to the numerous times people in the New Testament, especially Jesus, quoted from Isaiah.
With commanding authority, Isaiah spans the ages, from the biblical past of God’s people, to the hope of Israel’s bright future with the coming Messiah in New Jerusalem. He is sometimes called the “Evangelical Prophet” because of his emphasis on the Messiah.
Here are some reasons Isaiah is important:
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