Professor: William Carnagey
7 January 2013
Isaiah, The Lord is Salvation
The Bible, the greatest book ever written, is the Word of God. The Lord spoke to the writers of the Bible through the Holy Spirit. Each writer was given the words of God that should be written for all of mankind to read, study and live. I have chosen Isaiah (Book of Isaiah ) to write and study. I will give a brief introduction to our prophet Isaiah, and the reason God appointed him to write. The Personality of the Prophet
The prophet Isaiah is called the “The Book of salvation.” The name Isaiah means “the salvation of the Lord” or “the Lord is salvation.” His works were the first by a prophet to be included in the Bible. Isaiah was a very well educated man, thus earning him the titles, the Prince of Prophets, and the Shakespeare of the Bible (The Hebrew Bible). Isaiah’s station as a prophet was to be focused on the nation of Judah, as a political and religious counselor to the nation of Judah.
Who was the father of Isaiah, called the inscription in the book of Amos, was not knowen to Isaiah. He lived in Jerusalem, and this largely explains the awareness of what the prophet finds in respect of the events of city life. The prophet had his own house, was married and had children. He calls his wife “the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son” (8:3). His children, two sons, Sher-jashub, a remnant shall return, and his other son, Maher-shalal-hash-baz, hasting to the spoil, hurrying to the pray. Their names, symbolically tell about the future judgment of God, who were to be the kingdom of Judah and Israel, “and it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Isreal, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Isreal, in truth” (10:20). Which the name of the Prophet served as a symbol of salvation, awaiting the chosen of God. Isaiah lived a long time and his activity as a prophet was prolonged. Isaiah began his ministry at least by the young age of 20 years, in the years of King Uzziaht, based on the study of the Assyrian monuments, (The Old Testament World). Isaiah,s prophetic ministry lasted at least 40 years, and maybe more. On the death of him in the Bible is silent, but the Talmudic tradition, accepted the Fathers of the Church, shows that Isaiah was martyred by order of the wicked king of Judah Manasseh. As for the spiritual aspect of the Prophet, this image strikes us with its grandeur. Isaiah was very convinced that he was called to his high service by the Lord (Chapter 6)(KGV) and by virtue of this consciousness, everywhere he reveals most faithfully his obedience to God's will and an unconditional trust in Jehovah. Therefore, it is free from any influence of human fear and always puts the interests of the people lower than the requirements of the eternal truth of God. With great courage in the face of Ahaz (Chronicles of the Kings of Judea and Isreal), he expressed his condemnation of all policies (Chapter 7), strongly denounces the minister of a powerful Shebna (Babylon0, as well as other rulers of the Jews, the priests, the prophets and all the people ( Chap. 2, 3, 5, 28, etc.). Openly and fearlessly, he blames the Jewish policy of the government during the reign of Hezekiah. Not being afraid of accusations or lack of patriotism, he predicts Hezekiah’s abduction of his offspring in the Babylonian captivity, and his words, to breathe on their own powers of persuasion, which is becoming more and more important over time, as some of his prophecies were fulfilled at a time when he went on his prophetic work, and also because his words were accompanied by wonderful signs, “and this shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that He hath spoken” (38:20). The era of Isaiah.
Isaiah was called to his service in the year of the death of Uzziah king of Judah, who,...