Isaiah 48

Exhortations to Heed God’s Call (Isaiah 48:1-22)

Introduction There are all too many folks who claim to be the people of God but do not act in faith on the promises to fulfill His plan for their lives. They are comfortable just being numbered with the saints; but they do not want to leave their comfort zone. They hear the word of […]

GM Isaiah 46

The LORD’s Superiority to the Gods of Babylon (Isaiah 46:1-13)

Introduction In this section the prophet mocks the deities of Babylon who will not only fail to save their people, but have to be rescued themselves. By way of contrast, the LORD saves His people to the uttermost. The reason for this great disparity between those gods and the LORD is clearly the truth that […]

Isaiah 1

Dead Idols or the Living God (Isaiah 44:6-23)

Introduction In this section of the oracles the prophet contrasts the LORD’s ability to order history with the inability of false idols. The contrast exploits a description of idols and idol-makers in a parody on the folly of idolatry. How absurd to imagine that something we can make could actually deliver us from problems we […]

Isaiah 43 3

The LORD is the Gracious Redeemer (Isaiah 43:1-13)

Introduction The next two oracles of the book (Isaiah 43:1-13 and 43:14—44:5) focus on redemption from captivity. It is here that the message focuses on the idea of the Servant as the nation. In the first one the LORD promises to regather His undeserving nation (servant) and renew them. Israel is first exhorted not to […]