The book of Isaiah is best understood through its characters. The key players in its saga loom large: the LORD,
The whole book functions as a covenant lawsuit. The LORD brings suit against
Isaiah is the court prophet and chronicler in the times of these kings of
Now things get sticky. The LORD did not want the alliance, but can't bear to destroy
Hezekiah blunders by showing the envoys of the king of
So, how does the contemporary reader learn from Isaiah? Two simple lessons come to mind. First, God fulfills his word. In Isaiah, the LORD foretells many events and they come to pass. Through Isaiah, the LORD speaks of destruction and judgment, but also of salvation and redemption. On all counts, he delivers. Therefore, we can trust in his word for he is always faithful. Second, God's plan incorporates all mankind. Many times in the book of Isaiah, the prophet speaks of a jubilant day when all nations will come to worship the LORD at
Isaiah's prophecies are so important for the NT that some of the church fathers referred to him as the first evangelist. The key passages regarding Jesus are about the virgin birth (7:14), the coming of Immanuel (9:1-7), the sprouting of the root of Jesse (11), the suffering servant (53-55) and the mission of the Messiah (61).
By Mark Giszczak