Tomorrow we begin a Study of Isaiah in my 9:30 Bible Class. I have had the joy of preparing for it this week. Unlike many of the prophets Isaiah was of noble birth and of high standing in the Jerusalem community. He had wealth, position, and education. I suppose one might say he was born of the silver spoon class. That would make his submission to the call of prophet a one of deep devotion to the will of God. Hebrews 11:37 says, “They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented…”(NKJV). This gives us a good idea of the reception prophets received in Isaiah’s day. It is also of note that the phrase “sawn in two” is thought to refer to the end of Isaiah’s 50 plus years of ministry. In spite of the prospects before him his only objection was that he was unclean or unfit for ministry. I hope that all who are called to a place of leadership with God’s people feel the same way. Cleansing is available but that lesson is still a few weeks off and I get ahead of myself.
For 35 chapters he preaches a series of sermons with what is to become a familiar pattern. He points out the rebellion of God’s people and the suffering that sin brings and the need for a redeemer even as Job in his book that precedes Isaiah by centuries (Job 19:25 “For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;”) The excitement of seeing the redeemer revealed hundreds of years before He was born is a major joy of the study of this wonderful book written by the Holy Spirit through the pen of Isaiah. Join us at Living Word tomorrow at 9:30.