Sovereign over the Nations

READ : Isaiah 10-13 God used Assyria to punish Israel. But the king of Assyria did not realize he was a tool in God’s hands. He was filled with “arrogant boasting” and “haughty pride” (10:12), an attitude which God hates. He thinks he can destroy Jerusalem as he has destroyed Samaria, but God says he is mistaken. In 10:20 an important concept is introduced, that of “the remnant.” Although the majority of God’s people may be unfaithful, God will always …

Messianic Promises

READ : Isaiah 7-9 Throughout the Old Testament, a number of passages speak of a great deliverer whom God will send. They promise that the Messiah will come to save his people. From the perspective of the New Testament, we see many such passages in Isaiah. Many messianic promises have a twofold fulfillment, one in the days of the prophet or shortly thereafter and the second in Jesus Christ. God gives wicked King Ahaz a sign that a young woman …

Woe Is Me

READ : Isaiah 3-6 The “woes” in chapter 5 are instructive to us as we seek to shape our behavior biblically. Woe to those who seek to swallow up every one else economically (5:8). Already in chapter 3, God condemns “grinding the face of the poor” (v. 15). Also in the coming day of judgment “the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets,” and so on (3:18). Businesspeople must accept social responsibility, something which often does not happen …

Spokesman for God

READ : Isaiah 1-2 We now come to the prophets. The name means “one who speaks on behalf of another.” The prophets spoke to the people on behalf of God. There are four major prophets (those who wrote long books) and twelve minor prophets (those who wrote short books). The books of the prophets are not arranged in chronological order but primarily in order of length. Isaiah had a long ministry. He spoke primarily to the southern kingdom at the …

What Is Love?

READ : Song of Solomon 5-8 Having read this passage, which speaks so much about love, it is well to ask ourselves, “What is love?” Love between a husband and wife is physical attraction, it is affection, but it must be much more than this if the marriage is to be a good one. In the Old Testament, we read of “steadfast love.” The emphasis is on faithfulness, on keeping the covenant. God has that kind of love for us; …

True Love

READ : Song of Solomon 1-4 The Song of Solomon is called the Song of Songs or Canticles, and may have been written by Solomon or about Solomon. It describes the love of a bride and groom, and in so doing places God’s approval on the physical aspect of marital love. In trying to find why it should be included in the Bible, the Jews allegorized it to represent the love between God and Israel. Some Christians followed this line …