Isaiah series

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 17

Posted: January 17, 2021

Stupor, Stone, Tongues, Hypocrites, & Easy Religion We have recently discussed many important themes, especially in the last reflection. One critical example is justice (“For you have been a stronghold to… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 16

Posted: January 16, 2021

The victory of Yahweh over foreign nations and invaders is depicted cosmically in chapter 24. Now the magnificent vision broadens, becoming even richer and deeper. 25:1-8—This is the language of… Read More

Isaiah & the 8th cent. BC Pandemic of Injustice—Intro

Posted: January 15, 2021

Would you appreciate some direction and structure for your daily quiet time? How about a timely dive into the most cited prophet in the New Testament—Isaiah? Try to remember that… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 15

Posted: January 15, 2021

Tyre & the Cosmos In the last reflection we saw Isaiah in anguish—over Babylon and over Judah. He reminds us of the apostle Paul, and especially of Jesus—men who truly cared… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 14

Posted: January 14, 2021

Isaiah in Anguish 21:1-5—Dramatic language refers to the fall of Babylon, as Elam, Media, and Persia unite in the attack. The Negeb (Negev) is the southern desert of Israel. In… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 13

Posted: January 13, 2021

African Drama: The Naked & Barefoot Prophet 17:1-3—Damascus is the principal fortified town in Syria. Background: the Syro-Ephraimite crisis of 735-732 BC—hence the prophecy against Syria and Israel. The setting is Jerusalem—who… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 12

Posted: January 12, 2021

Moab is Undone, God Weeps Reviewing the last talk (“Babylon & Judgment Day”): The judgment on ancient Babylon, like all divine judgments, resembles the ultimate event—Judgment Day. There are connections,… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 11

Posted: January 11, 2021

Babylon & Judgment Day In our reflection “Rod, Axe, Fire, Shoot, Signal, Sing,” we saw that Assyria was to be judged. “Punishment for the Punisher” is a good title for… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 10

Posted: January 10, 2021

Rod, Axe, Fire, Shoot, Signal, Sing Background: Doom for Judah & Jerusalem, then for Israel. (Why both kingdoms? Because Isaiah preached in the final years leading up to the destruction… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 9

Posted: January 9, 2021

Unto Us a Child is Born “This is one of the best known messianic prophecies in the Old Testament and, in its present context, it stands as the impressive climax… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 8

Posted: January 8, 2021

Faith or Fear? Usual human fears include fear of heights, drowning, germs, public speaking, and death. But in Isaiah the common fear (which we see in chapters 7-8) is political fear—fear… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 7

Posted: January 7, 2021

“Here Am I, Send Me!” Chapters 1-5 = Introduction. The next section, 6-12, begins with the cleansing of a single sinner, and end with the song of a redeemed community. Isaiah… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 6

Posted: January 6, 2021

Vineyard, Woe, Invasion Chapter 5 falls into three sections: a parable, woes, and an announcement of coming judgment. PARABLE Vs. 1-7—Here we find a short “love song.” God loves his… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 5

Posted: January 5, 2021

Purified by Fire Looking back on the previous units in the series, we have seen how society destabilizes and eventually collapses in the absence of righteous leadership, and when God’s… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 4

Posted: January 4, 2021

The Crisis of Leadership & the Collapse of Society vs. 1-2—Removal of food and water (siege conditions, leading to the full of the north, with its capital city Samaria, in… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 3

Posted: January 3, 2021

The Mountain of the Lord & the Holes of the Ground On v.1—Let’s keep focused: every verse in the Bible has a context – it is written by someone for someone… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 2

Posted: January 2, 2021

Two Cities, Unquenchable Fire, Glorious Future Review (from reflection 1): Sin is serious. In particular, idolatry and social injustice two sides of a coin. God punishes his OT people through foreign invaders. But there… Read More

Isaiah: Judgment & Justice—Reflection 1

Posted: January 1, 2021

Come Now, Let Us Reason Together Images of the Messiah: Glorious King (chapters 1-37), Suffering Servant (38-55), and Coming Conqueror (56-66). Contrast with Israel’s inglorious, self-centered, and (ineffectual) monarchs. v.1—vision (see Num 12:6-8). Judah and… Read More

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