Present Tense, Future Perfect

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Isaiah 18-23 Yesterday’s roll of nations that will be punished by God continues. Ethiopia must also prepare for the invading Assyrians. But the time is coming (18:7) when gifts shall be brought to God by the Ethiopians. Was not the trip of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts a fulfillment of that prophecy? According to chapter 19, Egypt also will fall before the Assyrians. But “in that day,” which is a term used in the prophets to speak of …

Pride Goes Before a Fall

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Isaiah 14–17 Babylon had not yet become a world power, but her downfall is here predicted. The king of Babylon will go down to Sheol, the place of the dead. He who had said, “I will make myself like the Most High” (14:14) will then be dead and powerless. Of him who had been so filled with pride, the other dead will say, “Is this the man who made the earth tremble?” (v. 16). How foolish the pride …

Sovereign over the Nations

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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 …