The life of Isaiah the prophet had to be tough. He was constantly trying to warn his people about their sin and the judgement that would come from God because of it. He could see the end game that would result in a foreign nation and pagan king taking captive the people of Israel, but he also prophesied about the ultimate savior who would come and bring salvation to the world.
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Isaiah sees a vison from God regarding the people of Israel. They are labeled a sinful nation, laden with iniquity. Forsaken the Lord. God tells them that He has had enough of their “multitude of sacrifices.” God is weary of it all. Justice will utlimately be redeemed.
It is told that eventually, the mountain of the Lord will be the place that all look. Nations will flow to it. They will come for teaching and correcting. He will judge right and wrong. Light will not be hidden again.
In order to draw all to Him, he will remove everything from them.
In that day, all who return to Him will find relief under Him and in Him. He will be a refuge and shelter for them.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and shrewd in their own sight.
Here is the first time recorded in all the Bible that there is a vision of God seated on the throne. High and lifted up. He is in charge. He is not missing in action. The throne is not vacant. He is sovereign and in charge.
Isaiah responds to the question of who will go and warn the world, “Here I am, send me!”
Isaiah goes to King Ahaz and tells of the judgment that is coming. He then tells of Immanuel (God with us) that will be born of a virgin.
Assyria will invade and defeat Israel. Those who trust and wait upon the Lord will find sanctuary in Him, BUT he will be a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
The child that will be born will rule. He will be called wonderful, counselor, mighty God, Everlasting father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to his reign.
In a short time, God’s wrath and fury will end and. He will show up so that the remnant of Israel will return to their promised land.
Out of the stump of Jesse and branch will come forth and bear fruit. God will gather his people. He will judge with righteousness.
God is salvation. We can trust in him and not be afraid. He is our strength and song.
Then Babylon will be judged. Destruction will come upon them. He will punish the world of evil.