Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

“The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.” – Isaiah 1:1 (ESV)

A book that has 66 chapters and is laid out like the Bible, Isaiah is just that book within the bigger Book.  Like the Bible having 66 books within, Isaiah has the same number of chapters.  Like the Bible’s two divisions into Old Testament and New, Isaiah has two divisions.  The Old Testament has 39 books within it.  The New, has the remaining 27.  Isaiah’s first part holds 39 chapters of pure judgment with sparks of hope.  Its second division of 27 remaining chapters holds comfort and redemption.

I along with the Thursday morning Bible study group are now into chapter 9.

I have not ever, as in never, studied Isaiah before.  I am familiar with verses from it and prophecies spoken in its Old Testament pages then fulfilled in the time of the New Testament.  Some still remain to happen.  It’s a jaw-dropping book.

Its days are so much like our days today, we should faint for fear/awe of God’s judgment and His holiness next to our sinfulness.
Its author is a man of endurance in tough times, with priorities placed on obedience to and reverence for God in the midst of it all.  He was willing to be a freak for God.  That alone, says volumes to me.
Its political and religious leaders are evil, corrupt, and unyielding in their desire to please and ability to rely on man over God.
The people, as the leaders, are ignorant of God’s words to them.  Exile looms for them because of their ignorance of Him.

They are in trouble with God.

But, the righteous Judge God in His mercy at the same time speaks and shows them glimpses of hope in their day and in days to come.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll spend days here and there going over some of what I’m learning in Isaiah.  I hope you will hang in with me as I cover some things in those main categories above.  My point is one of encouraging you to open your Book to Isaiah and see for yourself what God says there and then apply it to your life today.

2 Comments

  1. very interesting…I enjoyed and will hang in there with you. I wish to know more.

  2. Hey, Sis! First time I had heard about the chapter divisions in Isaiah aligned with OT and NT.

    I once learned a trick to remember the number of books in the OT and NT. For OLD TESTAMENT, count the letters in each word 3&9…39 books. For NEW TESTAMENT, count the letters in each word 3×9=27 books in the NT.

    Love, Louann (TN)

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