Isaiah’s prophesies were written about 750BC to 700BC in the southern kingdom of Judah. In Chapter 1, Isaiah sets forth the evils of human rebellion against God and of hypocrisy in religion. Compare verse 11 with Hebrews 10:4. There are many wonderful verses in this chapter.
And so we begin our walk through Isaiah, whose words are powerful and speak of Jesus!
Isaiah was a prophet, he preached, for a fair while. Four kings came and went in his time!
Uzziah followed the Lord until he became powerful; his downfall was his PRIDE (2 Chronicles 26) and he sought to burn incense before the Lord (reminds us of Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10), and the Lord struck him with leprosy.
Jotham was a king who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (2 Chronicles 27, he was Uzziah’s son), but the people were still corrupt; which intimates they were corrupt in Uzziah’s time also.
Ahaz (Jotham’s son) was a turn downward, even burning his son as a sacrifice (2 Kings 16). He pushed idolatry further and further as a national pastime. He corrupted the church (see re Uriah the priest).
And lastly Hezekiah. “He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. For he held fast to the LORD.”
Hezekiah HELD FAST to the Lord. What a commendation! Regardless of his folly later in life (see 2 Kings 20 v12-19, Isaiah makes an appearance!), he loved God and led the people to the same.
These are the leaders, the politicians, that Isaiah is dealing with as the Lord’s prophet.
It’s good to keep them in mind as we walk through this book.
Let’s end with the Lords words from v27-28, “Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness. But rebels and sinners shall be broken together, and those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.”
* Father God, we come before You today reminded that once we were counted as rebels against You, our sin marking us as lost (the end of which is being consumed).
Thank You that in Jesus our stubborn wills are shattered, our hard hearts broken before You – But more, deeper, that in Jesus we are NO LONGER rebels!
Instead You have called us to be Your People (from being NOT YOUR PEOPLE).
Praise Your Name God above.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!