Monday, March 10, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 57 Monday

Isaiah 6:1-7:25

Does God issue any commands?
  • Isaiah was sent as a witness to the people but he was told that they would see but not understand, hear and not comprehend. He was to prophecy until the time of the captivity.
  • God told Isaiah and Isaiah's son, Shearjashub, to go to Judah's king Ahaz to tell him not to fear the warriors from Syria and the northern kingdom of Israel who planned to seize Judah and set the son of Tabeal on the throne because their plan would fail.
  • God told Ahaz through Isaiah that he could ask a sign from the LORD as proof that the prophecy against Syria and Israel would come to pass. Ahaz did not require a sign. He refused to tempt the LORD. 

Does God make any promises?
  • God promised to provide for himself a tithe of people that would return to the land.
  • In His message to Ahaz through Isaiah and son, God said that the northern kingdom of Israel would only remain a nation for another 65 years.
  • As the sign to Ahaz, a prophetic promise was made to the House of David that a virgin would bear a son and call his name Immanuel (God with us).
  • God told Ahaz through Isaiah that before Immanuel both the land that Ahaz hated would be without both her kings. Hardship would come upon Judah and the ruling house of David. The land itself would suffer, too.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?
  • Isaiah saw the Lord upon His throne! That would be Jesus.
  • Jesus is the King, the LORD of hosts that Isaiah met and before whom he felt unworthy.
  • It was Jesus who asked whom He could send for them ("us;" note the plural). Isaiah answered Jesus that he would go.
  • Jesus is Immanuel (God with us) and the son of the virgin.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?
  • Isaiah chapter 6 mirrors what the Apostle John saw and wrote in the book of Revelation.

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