Week 33: Ezekiel 25-48

“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us!” 1 Corinthians 13:12 (MSG)

What’s Going On? / When and Where Are We? / Who’s Who?
This week we will finish up with the Major (longer) Prophets and begin reading the Minor (shorter) Prophets. The Major Prophets of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel have basically fallen in chronological order although they have spanned a time period of about two hundred years, from the time right before the Fall of Israel (722 BC) until after the Fall of Jerusalem (586 BC). Unfortunately when we get to the Minor Prophets, we’ll have to jump back in time and cover these same time periods all over again. Therefore, as a guideline to the time frame of each of the Minor Prophets, I am going to group them into three groups, each lining up with a Major Prophet. We must realize that not all of the Minor Prophets tell us exactly where they fall so some assumption is made as to where they might fit in. There is no universally accepted time frame so this is just one possibility. Notice that the Minor Prophets actually do fall in book-by-book order.

Group 1 – Isaiah: These prophets will speak right before and during the Fall of Israel to Assyria. They will either be located in or speak to Israel approx. 785-681 BC

            Hosea, Joel (?), Amos, Obadiah (?), Jonah, Micah

Group 2 – Jeremiah: These prophets will speak right before and during the Fall of Jerusalem to Babylon. They will either be in or speak to Judah approx. 650-585 BC

Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah

Group 3 – Ezekiel and Daniel: These prophets will speak during and after the Fall of Jerusalem, during the Exile and Return. They will speak to the returned exiles in Jerusalem. 600-430 BC

             Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

Daniel (605-530) The book of Daniel takes place in Babylon and will include several visions and prophecies involving not only the near future for the Hebrew people but also apocalyptic prophecies of end times. Daniel will see the transition from the Babylonian kingdom (Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar) to the Medo-Persian Kingdom (Darius and Cyrus). The first seven chapters are written in Aramaic (common language) and foretell the downfall of the gentile empires that have ruled or will rule over Israel: Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. Daniel interprets the dreams of both King Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar showing that these nations will only rule for a time. Chapters 8-12 are written in Hebrew and concern the prophecy for the nation of Israel, explained by heavenly beings. Both Gabriel and Michael are archangels that are seen to speak with Daniel and explain his own visions. Throughout the book there is symbolic language that will remind you of the book of Revelation, but throughout the symbols, visions, interpretations, and events there is one overlying message of hope: God is in control and nothing happens in all the world that is not first planned and ultimately fulfilled to show His power, glory, authority, sovereignty, strength and grace.

Hosea (760-720) The book of Hosea is the first in the section we call the Minor Prophets and we need to jump backwards to the time before Israel fell to the Assyrians. God ordered Hosea to marry an adulterous wife, just as Israel was adulterous to the Lord, worshipping other gods and following after foreign leaders. Just as Hosea was to stay with her, God stayed with Israel, and just as they were to go through a time of separation, Hosea was to stay loyal to her until they are reunited. God’s love is like that of a loyal husband and disloyalty to Him is like adultery.

Weekly Reading Assignment:

  • Monday: Daniel 1-4
  • Tuesday: Daniel 5-8
  • Wednesday: Daniel 9-12
  • Thursday: Hosea 1-5
  • Friday: Hosea 6-10
  • Saturday: Hosea 11-14
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Week 32: Ezekiel 25-48

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.’” Ezekiel 28:25-26 (NIV)

What’s Going On?

The first half of the book of Ezekiel is all about Israel’s judgment. The second half deals with the judgment of the nations, showing that God is the God of all nations and not just of His beloved Israel. Chapter 21 told us that Babylon would be the sword God uses for this judgment. We see there will be judgment for Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon, and most especially Egypt. Egypt will be judged harshly for not helping Israel when given the chance and also for believing itself and its Pharaoh to be godlike and more powerful that the God of Israel. “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) Not long after these prophecies were given, Babylon would, in fact, invade these places. Tyre will fall not long after Jerusalem, and Egypt soon after that.

Back in chapter 3 we read that the Lord closed Ezekiel’s mouth so that his speech was limited to the words the Lord gave him to speak. Throughout the book of Ezekiel we hear Ezekiel quoting God and telling his audience: This is what the Lord says; hear the Word of the Lord. This phrase is used over a hundred times indicating that Ezekiel was truly an instrument for God, His messenger sent to give His people His Word. But in chapter 33 we see this lifted and Ezekiel’s mouth is once again opened as his speech in no longer restricted. Notice also how often you read the words, “Then they will know that I am the Lord.” The prophecies, the actions, the visions are all given for that one singular purpose – to show both Israel and all the world that He is the Lord.

When word finally reaches Ezekiel that Jerusalem has fallen to Babylon, his mission turns from that of the watchman sounding the alarm to the messenger offering comfort to those who mourn. He continues to prophesy that Babylon will not go unpunished and Jerusalem will have new life. The Spirit of the Lord even shows Ezekiel the image of dry bones coming back to life as an illustration of what the Lord will do for his beloved Israel. There can also be a personal message there that says God can bring life into things once thought dead. It’s only dead if it isn’t in God’s will to be used for His Glory. The Spirit then goes on to show Ezekiel in great detail how the Temple will be restored and find new life in a new era of renewal when the people of Israel will return and resettle in and around Jerusalem. I love how the book comes to an end with the words: “The Lord is there” or Yahweh-Shammah

When and Where Are We?

Ezekiel was among the first wave of Jews to leave Judah, along with King Jehoiachin, in the year 597 BC. The Fall of Jerusalem occurred in 586 BC, eleven years after he left Jerusalem. When a section begins with “In the ninth year” etc, he is referring to nine years since his exile began in 597, so nine years later would be 588 BC, which is still two years BEFORE the Fall of Jerusalem. The latest recorded date is twenty-five years after his exile began, which would be the year 572 BC.

Remember that even though there are places in this week’s reading that sound like they are taking place in Jerusalem, Ezekiel is still in Babylon and being shown visions of what is taking place, and what will take place, in Jerusalem.

Who’s Who?

The Spirit – We see the Spirit at work throughout the book of Ezekiel, not as Christians are used to experiencing the indwelling of Christ, but as an actual person acting on behalf of God or in some places entering into Ezekiel in order to carry out the will of God. We also see the Lord say He is going to pour out His Spirit onto His people, giving them a new heart and a new spirit. We’ll see evidence of this when we get to the book of Acts in the New Testament.

Weekly Reading Assignment:

  • Monday: Ezekiel 25-28
  • Tuesday: Ezekiel 29-32
  • Wednesday: Ezekiel 33-36
  • Thursday: Ezekiel 37-39
  • Friday: Ezekiel 40-44
  • Saturday: Ezekiel 45-48
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Week 31: Ezekiel 1-24

“Stand up, son of man,” said the voice. “I want to speak with you.” The Spirit came into me as He spoke, and He set me on my feet. I listened carefully to His words.  “Son of man,” He said, “I am sending you to the nation of Israel, a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me. They and their ancestors have been rebelling against Me to this very day.  They are a stubborn and hard-hearted people. But I am sending you to say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ And whether they listen or refuse to listen—for remember, they are rebels—at least they will know they have had a prophet among them.  (Ezekiel 2:1-2 NLT)

What’s Going On?

Ezekiel was one of the Jews deported from Judah, along with King Jehoiachin, ten years before the Fall of Jerusalem. We learn that he is from a family of priests and living in a settlement of exiles along the Kebar/Chebar River in Chaldea, just south of Babylon. He is thirty years old when the Lord began to speak to him and show him visions, prophesying to the other exiles in Babylon. We’ll read about two of his visions this week (chap 1 and 8) and then another next week (chap 40). These visions seem odd to us, but can you imagine how odd they would have seemed to its original audience?

Ezekiel, like all of the prophets, will deliver messages from God. The messages are given to Ezekiel both directly and indirectly, both verbally and visually, both literally and symbolically, involving both heavenly things and earthly things. Sometimes God will tell him exactly what to say and other times He will use parable and allegory. Notice the way the words are laid out on the page. This is written mainly in prose where most of the other books in this section are written as poetry.

While Jeremiah was called to deliver the Word of God to the people in Jerusalem, Ezekiel will speak only to those already in exile. Ezekiel may have known Jeremiah, but if you remember, the priests didn’t take too kindly to the prophecies of the destruction of Jerusalem. After these prophecies came true, it’s possible that Ezekiel remembered the words of Jeremiah and understood them more clearly. But, like Jeremiah, Ezekiel will also speak of a future restoration of Jerusalem. His message in the first part of the book is one of judgment but next week he will turn to words of Salvation. Hope. There was a flicker of hope amidst all of the despair.

There will be a lot of symbolism used throughout the book of Ezekiel with references to Israel and Judah as well as Jerusalem and Babylon. Sometimes these will be obvious as in chapter 16 where Israel is the bride who prostituted herself with others. Other times these symbolisms aren’t as obvious. I’m sure there are volumes of research on the matter, but as we read through Ezekiel just notice the wide range of symbols used, even if we don’t understand them all.

When and Where Are We?

Ezekiel probably arrives in Babylon during the second wave of deportations in 597 BC. (The first wave was in 605.) This is about ten years before the Fall of Jerusalem. Ezekiel lives as an exile in the Babylonian kingdom and most scholars agree that Ezekiel never physically went back to Israel but was transported there in his visions only. Some of the story takes place in Jerusalem, but Ezekiel is probably a thousand miles away and only able to witness the events through his visions. Notice that many of Ezekiel’s prophecies have specific dates giving historical accuracy.

Who’s Who

  • Ezekiel – priest, prophet, seer living in Babylonian exile during the time of the Fall of Jerusalem; often called “Son of Man.”
  • Nebuchadnezzar – ruler of Babylonian Empire
  • Jehoiachin – the last king of Judah who is deported as an exile to Babylon
  • Zedekiah – Jehoiachin’s uncle who is left to rule the remaining Jews after Jehoiachin is taken away
  • “The prophets of Israel” – usually refers to the false prophets

Weekly Reading Assignment:

  • Monday: Ezekiel 1-5
  • Tuesday: Ezekiel 6-9
  • Wednesday: Ezekiel 10-12
  • Thursday: Ezekiel 13-16
  • Friday: Ezekiel 17-20
  • Saturday: Ezekiel 21-24
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Week 30: Jeremiah 40-52, Lamentations

“The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah as well.  All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go. Yet their Redeemer is strong; the Lord Almighty is His Name.”    Jeremiah 50:33-34

What’s Going On?

Last week ended with a description of the Fall of Jerusalem and left Jeremiah in chains and in the care of a Babylonian guard. It’s interesting that the Hebrew people seemed to prefer the words of the false prophets over Jeremiahs, but this Babylonian starts off chapter 40 with a surprising statement that he knew that what was going on had been decreed by Jeremiah’s God and then sets him free. He stays for a while with Gedaliah just outside Jerusalem. When Gedeliah is killed, Jeremiah goes to Egypt with the other Jews where tradition holds that they turned against him and stoned him to death.

The word of the Lord as spoken through Jeremiah ends at chapter 51 and it’s fitting that it is filled with hope. I counted 42 phrases where the Lord promises “I will….” and it is clear that the story of His people is far from over. In chapter 52, as in chapter 39 and 2 Kings 24-25, the account of the Fall of Jerusalem is again given in heart wrenching detail as only someone who had experienced it first-hand could give. This week’s reading is not in chronological order but seems to be grouped in subtopics of similar form and structure. Zedekiah came before Gedaliah, but the two stories aren’t in order here.

While the book of Jeremiah consists mainly of the words of God, Lamentations is man’s response. The book of Lamentations is a book of “laments” which are just sad songs. In fact, most of the books in this section of The Prophets are all sad songs in a way. This book was probably written by Jeremiah which is why it is included here. Jeremiah would certainly have been sad about what he had seen and experienced and this book can be read as a book of poetry, not unlike the books in The Writings. There is a structure and a pattern to the way the book is written and although obvious in the English translation, it was even more so in Hebrew. In fact, in Hebrew the book is made up of a series of acrostics that correspond with the Hebrew alphabet. The theme of the book: Israel blew it and deserved what it got. Maybe it can serve as a reminder that God is at work and in this case, there is honest and earnest heartache for the actions that led to the destruction of Jerusalem and the hope is that a lesson might be learned from it.

When and Where Are We?

Most of Jeremiah’s adult life was spent in and around Jerusalem. In this week’s reading we’ll see him imprisoned for a while when most of the Jews were taken away and dispersed throughout the Babylonian kingdom – or killed. There were three waves of deportations: 605, 597, and the final wave in 586 BC when Jerusalem finally fell to the Babylonians. Jeremiah and Baruch then go with many of the remaining Jews to Egypt where his story comes to an end. Again, the chapters are not in chronological order but clues can be found within the order of the kings of Judah. (Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, Zedekiah – then Gedeliah rules before Jehoiachin is released and honored)

Who’s Who?

  • Zedekiah – the last of the kings in Judah but really a puppet to the king of Babylon. When he was captured trying to leave Jerusalem, he was forced to watch his children die, blinded, and carried away.
  • Gedaliah – a governor left behind in Judah to watch over those who stayed behind in Jerusalem.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is Your faithfulness.                                                                                                  
Lamentations 3:22-23

Weekly Reading Assignment:

  • Monday: Jeremiah 40-43
  • Tuesday: Jeremiah 44-46
  • Wednesday: Jeremiah 47-49
  • Thursday: Jeremiah 50-52
  • Friday: Lamentations 1-5
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Week 29: Jeremiah 20-39

“People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this great city?’  And the answer will be: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God and have worshiped and served other gods.’” Jeremiah 22:8-9

What’s Going On?

As Nebuchadnezzar gets closer and closer to conquering Jerusalem, Jeremiah advises them all, including the king, to surrender and not fight because it is the Lord’s will that Judah fall to Babylon as punishment for turning away from Him and anyone who rebels will be killed in battle. The ones who surrender will be taken away into exile, but they will live. The Lord, through Jeremiah, tells them to settle in Babylon until He is ready to bring them out. God will begin to change their hearts and eventually God will restore them. Jeremiah is beaten, arrested, persecuted, imprisoned, thrown into a cistern/well, and repeatedly rejected. No wonder they call him the “weeping prophet.” And yet, this section also contains one of the most loved verses: “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. Chapter 39 gives the only eyewitness account of the Fall of Jerusalem, recorded by Jeremiah.

When and Where Are We?

Be ready for some more time jumps! Jeremiah will be a prophet during the reigns of Kings Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, Zedekiah and also during the early years of the Babylonian exile when there is no longer a king in Judah. Almost every chapter starts off by telling you who is king – and it’s all mixed up and not in chronological order. Just don’t let it throw you. The message is valid and consistent. While this part of the story is still mainly in Jerusalem, there are also some references to both Babylon (north) and Egypt (south) and both of these areas will be very important next week.

Who’s Who

We need to back up a little and look at the family of Josiah (the last good king in Judah). When he died his son Johoahaz ruled for only three months before he was put in chanins and taken to Egypt and his brother, Jehoiakim became king. Next, Jehoiakim’s son Jehoiachin followed him but he surrendered to Nebuchadnezzar and was carried away as a prisoner. So his uncle, Zedekiah – Jehoahaz and Jehoiakim’s brother – also the son of Josiah, became “king” over all the people who were left in Jerusalem after most were carried away into Babylonian exile. Just to make it a little more confusing, Jehoahaz is also known as Shallum; Jehoiakim’s name was Eliakim, changed by Pharoah Neco whom he served; Zedekiah is also called Mattinaiah and Jehoiachin is also called Jeconiah.

  • Pashhur – priest and chief officer in the Temple who was likely responsible for punishment of “criminals” (there may be more than one Pashhur or it may be a title)
  • Zephaniah the Priest – not the same as Zephaniah the prophet
  • Nebuchadnezzar – King of Babylon
  • Hananiah and Shemaiah – flase prophets
  • Hanamel – Jeremiah’s cousin, the son of Shallum/Jehoahaz
  • Baruch – Jeremiah’s secretary (and most likely to have written at least some of the book)
  • Racabites – a nomad group that DID obey the Lord making Judah look bad, not mentioned elsewhere
  • Gedaliah – son of Passhur – acts as governor of Jerusalem after Zedekiah is taken away

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Jeremiah 31:33-34 (NIV)

Weekly Reading Assignment:

  • Monday: Jeremiah 20-22
  • Tuesday: Jeremiah 23-25
  • Wednesday: Jeremiah 26-28
  • Thursday: Jeremiah 29-32
  • Friday: Jeremiah 33-36
  • Saturday: Jeremiah 37-39
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Week 28: Jeremiah 1-19

“We acknowledge our wickedness, Lord, and the guilt of our ancestors; we have indeed sinned against You. For the sake of Your Name do not despise us; do not dishonor Your glorious throne. Remember Your covenant with us and do not break it.”

Jeremiah 14:20-21 (NIV)

What’s Going On?

The book of Jeremiah, like the book of Isaiah, is about God speaking through a prophet to give His message to the people of Judah. Josiah is king of Judah at the beginning of Jeremiah’s ministry. During the years between the two prophets Judah’s king was Manasseh, a really, really bad king who served for 55 years and led Judah away from God and reinstated the worship of the false idols of the foreign nations that Hezekiah had removed.  

As a young king, Josiah had begun seeking God’s will and ten years later a copy of the Law was found and read publicly, turning the nation of Judah toward a spiritual awakening (2 Chron 34-35). Unfortunately, the revival didn’t last long and the people once again fell away from God. Jeremiah is then called to deliver several messages warning about the devastation to come to Judah.

Jeremiah is often referred to as “The Weeping Prophet.” Coming from a family of priests, he was chosen by God even before he was born and commissioned as prophet as a young man, possibly even in the same age range as Josiah who also served as king at very young age. Jeremiah was hesitant to accept his calling. You can’t blame him, he had already seen how other prophets had been persecuted and he knew he would likely be treated badly as well. He was right, too. His life would be filled with opposition, rejection, and persecution. By this time, the Northern Kingdom of Israel had already heard from Elijah, Elisha, Amos, and Hosea and had fallen to the Assyrians. Jonah and Nahum had also already spoken concerning the plans God had for Nineveh which will also fall to the Assyrians during Jeremiah’s lifetime. Judah had already heard from Isaiah and Micah; Habakkuk and Zephaniah will speak to Judah about the same time that Jeremiah begins his ministry. Remember that the order of the prophets in the Bible is not chronological. As we read through the section, I’ll do my best to help you see the order in which they happened.

In the book of Isaiah, when we read about Israel, it sometimes meant both Israel and Judah. This time, when we read about Israel, we ARE talking about the northern kingdom who has already been overtaken by the Assyrians and ceased to exist as a nation. God will condemn Israel for falling away from Him and use them as an example to the people of Judah, saying, “Don’t be like Israel! Turn to Me now before it is too late!” He is clear that it is because of their SIN that they will experience hardship and will fall to the nations of the north (Babylon).

When and Where Are We?

The story begins in 626 BC, about a hundred years after Israel fell to the Assyrians in 722 BC, and will tell about the last generation to live in the Kingdom of Judah before it falls to the Babylonians in 586 BC. In this week’s reading we will mostly be in Jerusalem during the reign of King Josiah. There is a grand battle for land as the Assyrians, the Babylonians (Chaldeans), Egyptians, and later the Persians are all fighting for control, not only of Israel and Judah, but for all of the areas in what we know as the Middle East lands of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Persia. Babylon is gaining power and will swallow up the Assyrian Empire in 605 BC when Nineveh is destroyed.  

Who’s Who?

  • Jeremiah – a young priest who is called to speak for the Lord to the people of Judah
  • Josiah – King of Judah.
  • Baruch – we learn at the end of the book that he was Jeremiah’s secretary who wrote as Jeremiah dictated to him. He was likely one of the few Jeremiah could call a friend.

Weekly Reading Assignment:

  • Monday: Jeremiah 1-3
  • Tuesday: Jeremiah 4-6
  • Wednesday: Jeremiah 7-9
  • Thursday: Jeremiah 10-12
  • Friday: Jeremiah 13-15
  • Saturday: Jeremiah 16-19
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Week 27: Isaiah 47-66

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn” Isaiah 60 1-2 and Luke 4:17-19

What’s Going On?

Last week we saw several references to Babylon, even though at the time it was only a small part of the Assyrian empire. We start off this week with the prophecy about the fall of Babylon, who will eventually conquer both Assyria and the nation of Judah. Remember the story of the Tower of Babel back in Genesis? This area has been a part of Mesopotamia since then and has been in and out of times of great power. We also saw last week that Isaiah named Cyrus, king of Persia, specifically as God’s instrument in releasing the captive Jews from Babylonian captivity and allowing them to return to Jerusalem. We’ll continue to see references of this future time for the nation of Israel. Keep in mind, however, that during the time of the writing, this would not make any sense to the people of Judah and it would be over a hundred years before some of the prophecies would come to pass.

I have to point out that as we finish reading the book of Isaiah, we can’t help but wonder if all of this was actually written by the man Isaiah during the time it is said to have been written. Is it not possible that someone edited or added to what Isaiah had written after the time when these events actually took place making Isaiah look like he knew things he couldn’t have possibly known? This has been a hot topic of debate for centuries. If you spend any time researching this idea you will find many different explanations and theologies. The thing I think we must do as we read this, is to take to heart the focus of the message which seems to me to be summed up in this: “I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:9b-10.

The book of Isaiah, when taken all together, has one very strong message: The things you thought you could count on – your religion, your nation, your leaders – are all going to fail you. But God is not just a god, like the gods of the nations around you that seem to be very powerful indeed. He is not just a god of your generation and your family and your homeland. He promised to one day bless all the world through you, and you, His Chosen Ones, have failed to keep your faith in Him. Now you are going to be put in your place. But watch and see what the Lord will do! He will bring a new heaven and a new earth and Zion will not be just the restored version of the Jerusalem you once knew, but it will be God’s Light and Power and Salvation for all who accept Him as King, and Lord, and Savior.

When you get to chapter 53, you are going hear familiar words that are used throughout the Gospels as reference to Jesus. The book of Isaiah is one of the most quoted Old Testament books in the New Testament, along with the Psalms. You will also be reminded of several places in the book of Revelation that will also use the book of Isaiah as one of its greatest sources of prophecy.

When and Where Are We?

Isaiah’s life was spent close to Jerusalem after the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel. But his prophecies concern places and times that are far from his own. He talks of the Babylonian captivity, and then the return of the Jews back to Jerusalem under Cyrus king of Persia. He also speaks of the future when there will be a new heaven and a new earth.

Who’s Who?

The Servant – There are four places where we read the Song of the Servant (42, 49, 50, 52-3). Some believe it is Israel, or the Jews. Some believe it is Jesus. Apparently, the Servant had one goal: to proclaim salvation after the time of judgment. (See Matt 12:18-21)   

Seek the Lord while you can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near. Isaiah 55:6

Weekly Reading Assignment:

  • Monday: Isaiah 47-50
  • Tuesday: Isaiah 51-54
  • Wednesday: Isaiah 55-57
  • Thursday: Isaiah 58-60
  • Friday: Isaiah 61-64
  • Saturday: Isaiah 65-66
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