The Coming of the Lord

READ : Isaiah 63-66 From the parallel language of Revelation 19:15, we learn that he who “comes from Edom” (Isa. 63:1) is Jesus Christ. The loving Savior is also the One whose wrath falls on the ungodly. He “became their Savior” (v. 8), but they “rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit” (v. 10). Paul warns us that we must be careful not to grieve the Holy Spirit by our sin. The plea is to “look down from heaven and see” …

Zion, City of Our God

READ : Isaiah 60-62 Zion is another name for Jerusalem, the site of the temple of the Lord. Jerusalem failed God again and again. The New Testament transfers to the church many of the things the Old Testament says about Zion. Christians therefore see the wonderful descriptions of this passage in Isaiah as applying to themselves. This is reflected in the great hymn of John Newton, “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken.” But as seen in the book of Revelation, …

Preach about Sin

READ : Isaiah 56-59 God said to Isaiah, “Declare to my people their transgression” (58:1). Sin is taken so lightly today. God wants pastors to preach against sin so people may repent and avoid the tragic consequences of disobedience. To preach against sin, using the Bible as our guide, is therefore an act of love. One great sin is injustice. “The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice” (59:15). God is not only concerned about …

The Suffering Servant

READ : Isaiah 53-55 Isaiah 53 is the highlight of the book of Isaiah, for with remarkable foresight and even detail it describes for us the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ, which is the basis for our salvation. Indeed Jesus came as “a root out of dry ground,” for the Judaism of his day, dominated by Phariseeism, was spiritually sterile. “He was despised,” both in being rejected by the majority of his generation and especially in being crucified on the …

Isaiah and Paul

READ : Isaiah 50-52 When Paul said, “Who shall bring any charge to God’s elect? It is God who justifies” (Rom. 8:33), he was reflecting the words of Isaiah 50:8-9: “He who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? . . . Behold, the Lord GOD helps me; who will declare me guilty?” Both teach the truth that if God accepts us, no one can condemn us. In Romans 10:15, when Paul was speaking about the necessity of …

Isaiah and Revelation

READ : Isaiah 46-49 Many things can be said about this passage, for example, the repeated use of the words “Listen to me,” which remind us how important it is to hear and obey God, and the constant refrain “Thus says the LORD,” reminding us that this is not the word of human beings but the Word of God. But let us focus on the constant use of this passage in the book of Revelation. Isaiah 47:8-9 quotes Babylon as …