Reflections on Isaiah

The book of Isaiah itself isn’t so much about the life and times of the prophet Isaiah as a collection of his prophecies. There are some other prophecies that biblical scholars aren’t so sure were actually delivered to Isaiah but are contained in the book, I think because they were in the same timeframe. All of the events and prophecies are given throughout the same … Continue reading Reflections on Isaiah

Isaiah 56-66: Coming back into God’s good graces

This set of chapters revolves around coming back to God and coming back to Jerusalem. Chapter fifty six begins the section by talking about how anyone who keeps the Sabbath can be one of God’s people. It’s important to note, though, that keeping the Sabbath is not the same as we refer to it today. This means living in the way of God with all … Continue reading Isaiah 56-66: Coming back into God’s good graces

Isaiah 40-55: Messages for those in exile

  We’ve been working our way through certain events from 2 Kings 18-20 that result in the people being in exile. These are all messages from God to the people in exile. Chapter forty is broken into three sections: comfort for the people, reassurance that God is forever, and a reminder of God’s greatness. Chapter forty one  has a passage where they are told to not fear anyone … Continue reading Isaiah 40-55: Messages for those in exile

Isaiah 36-39: Isaiah’s life

The events of these four chapters repeat what happened back in 2 Kings 18-20. The only difference is that chapter thirty eight contains a writing by King Hezekiah after he had been healed. I said, xIn the middle4 of my days I must depart; I am consigned to the gates of Sheol for the rest of my years. 11  I said, I shall not see the LORD, the LORD yin the land of the living; I shall look on man no more among the inhabitants of the world. 12  My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me zlike a shepherd’s tent; alike a weaver bI have rolled up my life; che cuts me off from the loom; dfrom day to night you bring me to an end; 13  eI calmed myself5 until morning; like a lion fhe breaks all my bones; from day to night you bring me to an end. 14  Like ga swallow or a crane I chirp; hI moan like a dove. iMy eyes are weary with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; jbe my pledge of safety! 15  What shall I say? For he has spoken to me, and he himself has done it. kI walk slowly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul. 16  lO Lord, by these things men live, and in all these is the life of my spirit. … Continue reading Isaiah 36-39: Isaiah’s life

Isaiah 28-35: Judgement, prayer, and recompense

This next set of chapters covers a few topics but are still oracles or prophecies of Isaiah. As I’ve mentioned in other posts about this book, the prophecies don’t make a lot of sense to me in when it comes to what they are predicting but I’ve been looking at the way they refer to women or feminine things as a way of looking at … Continue reading Isaiah 28-35: Judgement, prayer, and recompense

Isaiah 24-27: The Isaiah Apocalypse?

This set of chapters were written as the “Isaiah Apocalypse” or sometimes the “little apocalypse” on some sites, but that seemed a little extreme to me at first. The thing is, there is destruction first and peace later. But only for Israel, everyone else is just gone I think. Chapter twenty four does have a fire and brimstone kind of vibe to it, but only mentions … Continue reading Isaiah 24-27: The Isaiah Apocalypse?

Isaiah 13-23: Oracles about other nations

The next set of “oracles” are for countries other than Judah, except 22. Chapter twenty two is about Jerusalem. Chapter thirteen is about Babylon and the horrific “judgement” and destruction that will befall them. There are a few mentions of women, none particularly nice. The first is in verse 8: 8Terror will seize them, pain and anguish will grip them; they will writhe like a … Continue reading Isaiah 13-23: Oracles about other nations