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We note verses 10-13 today … “Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. 11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that […]
The chapter ends with a “challenge” to the false gods of Isaiah’s day. Irony, sarcasm, from Almighty God, the Only True God! Read with me God’s “invitation” to these (dead) man-made idols: “Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them(the false idols, gods) bring them […]
That big word means “the relationship between two passages, used usually of written literature.” And Isaiah 42:1-4 gives a prime example. Our four-verse Text for today. Read it with me: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment […]
Originally I had planned to write two Lessons on each chapter of Isaiah. But now that we’ve arrived in the “Sweetest” Portion of the Book (chapters 40-66 … so much of which depicts Jesus and Grace and Salvation, real “Comfort”) that my little plan may no longer apply! As we learned in yesterday’s “Class,” Isaiah […]
Our Text today … “8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. 9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and […]
Isaiah the Prophet has already forecast the coming Babylonian Captivity. Way back during the reign of King Hezekiah … Isaiah 39:5-7. (I hope you remember! We studied this last week.) “Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of hosts: Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and […]
Would you read once again our chapter, please? Did you “hear” John the Baptist preaching in that Text, Isaiah chapter 40? He is there prophesied 700 years before he was born! “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for […]
King Hezekiah of Judah is a much more complex character than I ever realized! (Maybe that’s partly because there is so much Material about him in Scripture! Quite a biography! I mean in the Book of Second Kings and both Volumes of the Chronicles, as well as Isaiah and Jeremiah, Hosea, Micah too!) In Isaiah […]
There has been a lot said about the NATIONS of the world, going all the way back to Isaiah chapter 13. (I never realized what an International Prophet this great man of God really was.) Of course, a sizeable amount of that Material concerns Judah and Jerusalem, the “home front” for Isaiah. And even the […]
It seems like (in any leaning situation) the teacher gleans more knowledge than even the students! In the case of the Website here … the readers, you dear readers. Well, last night as I prepared for today’s Lesson … I learned how dramatically marked the difference really is between Isaiah chapter 39 and Isaiah chapter […]
“At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered. And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the […]
What an answer to prayer! God added fifteen years to the life of King Hezekiah! “Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.” Isaiah 38:5, deliverance from a terminal illness! And those bygone years […]
The Passage is relatively lengthy, but must be viewed as a whole. Take a minute and read it, carefully … “9 The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness: 10 I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates […]
The event we are about to notice is recorded in three different places in Scripture! That alone makes it significant! (Paul’s conversion experience, for example, is recorded three times by Dr. Luke in the Book of Acts! And that event was certainly fundamental to the growth of Christianity! In Acts chapters 9 and 22 and […]
Remember that Isaiah, the whole Book, is clearly sectioned into chapters 1-39 … then chapters 40-66. Sort of a “Law” versus “Grace” scenario. (Comparable to the old Testament, with 39 Books … and the New Testament … with 27 Books!) So we are nearing the “break,” ending the harsher chapters and segueing into the brighter […]
Between the next-to-last verse and the last verse in Isaiah chapter 37 a twenty year space of time lapses. At least that’s the consensus among fundamental Bible scholars. For two decades, after the massive military defeat of Isaiah 37:36-37, King Sennacherib of Assyria does not even go near Judah! I guess he had learned his […]
It was a simple request. “Now therefore, O LORD our God, SAVE us from his hand (the wicked King of Assyria’s hand), that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.” King Hezekiah prayed thus, trusting God implicitly. (Our gracious God loves that little word “save!”) Then […]
After first being verbally threatened, then receiving a letter of even more demeaning and diabolical plans (from the King of Assyria) … godly King Hezekiah of Judah simply prayed! He turned all his problems over to the Lord! Read with me: “And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: […]
“Psychological warfare,” that’s what it is. And Rabshakeh is an expert. Trying to intimidate King Hezekiah, the citizenry of Jerusalem, and maybe even Isaiah the Prophet! The Assyrian “mouthpiece” prances and prats at the very same place (geographically, at Jerusalem) where God commanded Isaiah tell King Ahaz about the coming Virgin Birth of our Saviour! […]
I’d like to show you something today that is astounding! And it represents a “pattern” that appears again and again throughout Scripture. One Bible writer tells us the “bad side” of a certain situation. And another Bible writer (equally inspired by the Holy Spirit) does not repeat that “bad side” at all. He instead presents […]
It’s probably not a name, but a “title.” (Much like “Pharaoh” is.) “Rabshakeh” I mean. Literally its definition is “great (or chief) cupbearer!” (Nehemiah, if you recall, was also a cupbearer for the King of Persia.) This man, a godless heathen, pretty much does the talking in Isaiah chapter 26. But he is merely a […]
The promises of God! Not just to us Christians, mind you. But to Israel as well! Including today’s Text, loaded with Jewish flavor … “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: […]
This may be one of the “prettiest” Chapters in the whole Book of Isaiah! And in Hebrew, it has symmetry. In fact, these 10 verses are a divinely inspired Poem, exquisitely so! Again, we’re speaking of Isaiah 35. It outlines well, into three sections. The first part showing nature (creation)in transformation. The second revels Salvation […]
We are in the middle of Isaiah’s sixth WOE. A series of judgments, pronouncements of doom, that encompass chapters 28 through 35 of this vast Book, today known as Isaiah’s Prophecy, Isaiah’s Corpus. God has just pronounced doom (destruction) upon the little Nations of Moab and Edom. (They may merely be representatives of all the nations […]
This journey through the Book of Isaiah, though brief and sketchy, has been used of the Holy Spirit to teach me so many things. (You must realize that we are studying the “Prince of Prophets” here, Isaiah is the “gold standard.” The proto-typical Major Prophet!) The theme that has so amazed me, repeated over and […]

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