Today, we begin a new book – the book of Isaiah; a little background for you, before we begin.
Isaiah was a prophet of God. He proclaims a message of judgment and salvation to both Judah and the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Isaiah told the people of Judah that God would surely punish them for their sins, but he also said that Judah would survive and a remnant of the population would someday return to the land.
Through Isaiah God promised many things, including peace, a Messiah and a future glorious kingdom. One generation hears the promises, another generation experiences the fruition of those promises; generations yet to come will witness the ultimate kingdom of peace. Though time passes and generations are born, live and then die. God’s faithfulness and promises endure.
The book of Isaiah was written by the prophet himself. It was written to the people of Judah and Israel. It was written between 740 and 680 BC. The Prophet Isaiah came to give the message of hope, while warning the people of Judah and Israel that they would be punished if they continued their evil ways and to assure God’s people that he would also comfort them, and bring hope and restoration.
In chapters 1-4 I think the key verse is found in 2:22 “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils, Of what account is he? I would add the word self to that as well. When we say man we seem to think of others, and this applies to us well. When will we stop trusting in man? When will we stop putting our trust in the process and the things of the world? When will we stop putting our trust in us?
And the big question is,” When will we begin to put our trust in God”?
Until next time be encouraged,
Tomorrow’s reading is Isaiah 5-8
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