Thursday, March 20, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 58 Friday

Isaiah chapter 22

Sometimes we say we would like to know the future, but I suspect we're better off not knowing. The valley of vision in which Isaiah found himself was almost too much for him to endure! He foresaw the evil that would come upon his people. God told him that he would remember it until the day he died.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God commanded Isaiah to go and talk to Shebna, the treasurer, a man that had made himself a hiding place (either for himself or for hiding treasure) to tell him that he would not be successful but would be shamed. 

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised through Isaiah that Eliakim, son of Hilkiah, would take the place of Shebna the treasurer and that Eliakim would hold the key to the house of David. (We will read further about him in Isaiah chapter 36 and II Kings chapter 18.)

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Eliakim is a type of Christ, the one who holds the key to the house of David. (See Revelation 3:7.)

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The key to the house of David is held by Jesus. He states it himself to John in Revelation 3:7. It is a sign of Jesus' right to inherit the throne of David.
  • Jesus' kingship is prophesied in Isaiah 22:22-25.

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