Isaiah overview


Isaiah was a prophet in Judah (the southern part of the Promised Land) before the Israelites were taken into captivity for 70 years.  This book was written roughly 700 B.C.

As a prophet, he was undoubtedly unpopular for communicating God’s commands and promises and highlighting where the Israelites were disobeying.

The Book of Isaiah includes many prophecies that predict soon-to-occur events and distant events at the same time.

The book is split into two major segments: Chapters 1-39 focus on God’s judgment and chapters 40-66 focus on his comfort.

There are many famous passages in Isaiah, such as:

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

Isaiah 26:8 Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.

Isaiah 40:3 A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 53:5-6 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.


One Response

  1. Isaiah’s name means “The Lord saves.” He was a contemporary of Amos, Hosea and Micah, beginning his ministry in 740 B.C., the year King Uzziah died. According to an unsubstantiated Jewish tradition, he was sawed in half during the reign of Manasseh. Isaiah was married and had at least two sons. He probably spent most of his life in Jerusalem, enjoying his greatest influence under King Hezekiah. Isaiah is also credited with writing a history of the reign of King Uzziah (2 Ch. 26:22).

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