07/09/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 1-4
As we begin reading the inspired words of Isaiah & other prophets I hope you saved (or can find) the little “Summary of the Prophets” I attached several weeks ago. The summary is a good aide in tracking the timeline, the nations, and the kings the prophets are addressing.
From those notes you can see that Isaiah prophesied in Judah during the reigns of the Judean kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. As we read I think we need to keep in mind the relationship with God’s will of these kings. Though King Uzziah (Azariah) of Judah had a good start he later lifted up his heart against Jehovah. Uzziah’s son Jotham was a god-fearing king to a certain measure but his son Ahaz was a worshiper of idols. Hezekiah however brought about a great revival of the people. Most of the details of these kings are recorded in 2 Kings 15-20 and 2 Chronicles 26-32. Our readings will overlap these chapters.
So in these first four chapters we immediately see Isaiah begin his prophecy on the results of Judah’s rebellion. A point of clarification I needed is that Isaiah 1:3 states that “Israel does no know, my people do not understand.” I thought that maybe Isaiah was directing his prophesy to the Northern 10 tribes; however, the commentators I read stated that this is a reference to the Nation as a whole and certainly included Judah.