Ye Are My Witnesses

Isaiah 43 This chapters starts with a statement of ownership. Israel belongs to the Lord. The Being that is both responsible for their creation and the details of that creation, He it is who also has concerned Himself with Israel’s redemption. (I am thinking of my own family formed under covenant with Him and my …

He Shall Bring Forth Judgment

Isaiah 42 The first four verses of this chapter, while illustrating the gentle and caring nature of the Christ, also sets for the scope of a significant future event: the gentiles will be brought to judgment. (I don’t feel that this is a condemnation of the gentiles or a reference to a future judgments against …

They That Wait Upon The Lord

Isaiah 40 This chapter starts off with a declaration of comfort towards Jerusalem, whom the Lord says has already suffered double for her sins. This is not a sermon of fire and brimstone. Rather, this is a testimony of the peaceable things of the Kingdom of God. A Voice Crying in the Wilderness This chapter …

That He Might Know All that Was in His Heart

Isaiah 39 In my initial reading of this chapter, assuming that I am reading correctly, there are four things that strike me as curious and odd about this passage: My understanding is that Hezekiah is a righteous king. If being righteous, why did he share with his Babylonian visitors a display of all his wealth? …

The Living, the Living, He Shall Praise Thee

Isaiah 38 The start of this chapter, Hezekiah is sick unto death. Isaiah comes to tell him as much and to advise him to set his house in order. Hezekiah’s response a prayer upon his bed. He rolls over the wall and weeps bitterly and asks the Lord to consider the goodness and uprightness of …

What Confidence Is This Wherein Thou Trustest?

Isaiah 36 & 37 Compared to the previous sections, these next two chapters are more of a historical read about Hezekiah, king of Judah, against the Assyrian empire. The premise upon which the representative from the King of Assyria came up to Judah was two fold: Assyria was mightier than Egypt now. Judah could not …

Come to Zion with Songs and Everlasting Joy

Isaiah 35, Additional Insights This chapter is an anthem of Zion. It opens and closes with references to joy and singing. What is happening here is transformation, change, conversion all over, everywhere. Questions for next study: Where is the Lord in these verses? (Everywhere) What are the action items for me to take as a …

A Sure Foundation

Helaman 5:12, see also Isaiah 28:14–17 You must shore up your foundations. You must shore up your spiritual foundations and your temporal foundations. If or When It is important for me to realize that the word that is used in Helaman is not “if”. It’s not if the devil will send forth his mighty winds …

The Day of the Lord’s Vengence

Isaiah 34 Chapter 34 is a warning, a fair warning of the destruction that will come of the wicked at the time of the Second Coming of the Lord. If this world was created to furnish the interests of man, then the Second Coming makes no sense. There is no context for it. However, if …