Isaiah: Prophet of the Holy One of Israel
Pastor Richard Weitzel
The book of Isaiah contains prophetic sermons and teachings written in Judah in the 7th century BC. God appeals to His people for repentance, warns of coming judgment and assures restoration for those remaining faithful to Him. History validated these prophecies of the immediate future of Isaiah's audience. Among the prophecies, messianic incites are injected for the distant future beyond Isaiah's day. Within the hints of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, Isaiah spoke of a time of restored glory for Jerusalem where God's divine king would rule over all the nations in unprecedented peace and prosperity (potentially our immediate future)! This quarter we will conclude our study of the book of Isaiah as we consider the last eleven chapters. This closing section could be summed up as: "God is Judge and Savior of All." Our previous study of Isaiah's prophecies revealed the nation of Israel as an unfaithful servant of God in contrast with the Servant of the Lord who was consistently submissive to God's plan. This final division emphasizes that any person who chooses to obey God by relying on his empowerment can come to know the meaning of being a servant of the Holy One of Israel.