The purpose of the book of Isaiah demonstrates the trustworthiness of the Lord. The first king whom Isaiah serves, Ahaz, does not trust the Lord. He ignores Isaiah’s advice and follows his own schemes. This leads to defeat and servitude at the hands of the Assyrians. Ahaz’s son Hezekiah, in contrast, trusts the Lord and Jerusalem is delivered from Sennacherib and the Assyrians. In the second half of the book the exiles are also encouraged to trust the Lord to bring deliverance and to respond like Hezekiah, not like Ahaz.
A significant theme is the hope in a future ideal Davidic king. The book provides a template for Messianic expectation as it develops a profile of God’s plan, including the exaltation of Jerusalem (ch. 2), the coming child whom is the reign (ch. 9), peace and stability of the reign of the Davidic heir(ch. 11), and how the ideal Servant of the Lord will carry out God’s mission (chs. 42-53).
Walton, Strauss, and Cooper. The Essential Bible Companion.
Happy Saturday Saints~
Jeepers, I don’t recall that much bloodshed in one day when reading this section. Wowzers. Joab is a fiercely loyal, cunning servant to David, eh? What a curse David puts on his family. Golly.
King David gives Joab Uriah's death sentence.
Every day when I read the section outlined for us, life principles jump out at me. It never fails. Even reading through some of these innocuous or gruesome sections, the nature of God and how we are to live our lives shines through. Here are some examples:
Good Friday Saints~~
Are you keeping at it? Reading through the Bible at the daily rate we are takes determination and discipline. The reward is that there is a delight like no other. Thank you Jesus. Even if you have found yourself a day, two days, or a week behind, don’t give up. Just purpose in your heart to daily get back at it. Just throw down an extra chapter or two and you will right back on skedge. Just get up a bit earlier every day or turn the TV off for the evening. You can do anything for 69 more days!