A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
Isaiah's name means the LORD saves. A contemporary of Amos, Hosea and Micah, he is considered as the greatest of the prophets B particularly for his writing. His call came the year of King Uzziah's death, 740 B.C. and he spent most of his ministry years in Jerusalem, with considerable influence during the reign of King Hezekiah (715-686 B.C.). Isaiah was married and had at least two sons
Many arguments have been made that this book is really two (or even three), but just as many have concluded that the book comes from the ministry of one person. Since only one name is associated with the book, and since the vocabulary in the two major parts (1-39 and 40-66) includes at least 25 Hebrew words or forms which occur in no other prophetic works, there is good reason to accept the book as it stands.
Isaiah is a bridge between the fall of the northern Kingdom of Israel (722 B.C.) and that of the southern Kingdom of Judah (586 B.C.). These were difficult times and Isaiah found himself many times facing political pressure to compromise or alter his message.
The opening chapters contain a message of judgment against God's people in Judah. Their guilt is unquestionable; their stubborn refusal to recognize and turn (repent) from it seems astounding. Yet even in judgment, God is willing to reason together with His people if they will only return to Him in humility and submission to His lordship. This theme recurs throughout Isaiah as well as the rest of the prophets.
The day of the LORD is coming, because the people have abandoned God and his standards. Relying on human advice and following human desire has led everyone away from God, and He will not continue to tolerate such behavior indefinitely B in fact His punishment is both promised and described.
If God were to do a performance evaluation on your life, how would you come out? What would be your weaknesses? Where would you measure up? Make a list of three things you could work on in your life this week to be more responsive and submissive to God. Then go to work on them.
God's goal is not our destruction but our salvation. As we live His way, we discover that it is the way that works best.
8 A. Eugene Pearson 2011