The first 39 chapters of Isaiah show man’s need of salvation. Like the 39 Old Testament books, these chapters show God’s holiness and how He will judge people who are not holy. Because Israel brought sacrifices, celebrated feasts and prayed they appeared religious; however, God says they were a sinful nation, rebelling against Him and executing plans, but not His. They acted corruptly even worshiping idols they made; therefore, God found their religious offerings abominable and did not listen to their prayers. Like us, they needed a Savior to wash them white as snow.
The last 27 chapters of Isaiah, like the 27 New Testament books, present God’s provision of salvation. Isaiah looked forward to the Messiah as Jesus is clearly foretold in chapters 40-66. Messiah is clearly seen as a shepherd who will tend His flock (40:11), a sovereign ruler sitting above the earth, stretching out the heavens like a curtain and reducing rulers to nothing (40:22-24). He is our protector when we pass through the waters and flaming fires of life (43:1-3a), and the only God as there is no other (45:20-22). He is our comfort (51:12), our suffering Savior scourged, pierced and crushed for our iniquities (52:14; 53:3-12). He is our healer but also the one who proclaims judgment or God’s vengeance (61:1-2). He is the King of kings (66:1-2, 23).
Isaiah 59:1-2 says this great God can save anyone and hear any prayer but our sins separate us from God so He does not hear. Therefore, we all need salvation. What comfort to know it is available in that Savior Isaiah promised, Jesus Christ!
1. In Isaiah 2:12-22, what happens on the day of the Lord of hosts reckoning?
2. In chapter 6, how does Isaiah see God?
3. What separates us from God (see v59:1-2)?
4. How does Isaiah respond for Israel (see v59:9-15)?
5. Who does God send for those who repent (see v59:20)?