The Word Is Alive


Isaiah, the son of Amoz, was a member of the royal family descended from King David. He made his first public appearance as the divinely inspired prophet in the year of King Uzziah’s affliction with leprosy in 751BC, and he ministered to the people for about ninety years, during the reigns of the kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah.

Isaiah had seen the growth of a new empire, Assyria, and the fall of the Northern Kingdom of Israel to them, which led to ten of the twelve tribes being dispersed around much of the Middle East and modern day Turkey. Judea alone remained, and it was the last bulwark of the true faith in the true creator God. Isaiah brought to king and people the message of the holiness of God, the Lord of hosts, at a time when idolatry seemed to be taking hold in the land of Judah. He spoke of justice and charity at a time when the morals of the people had reached a new low.

Of his Divine calling and response in 739BC, Isaiah records it as follows: In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:1-8).

Many of Isaiah’s prophecy concerned the Messiah that God would one day send to restore his people back to their former glory. These prophecies were extremely detailed in terms of what this King would achieve, what sort of character he would be, the words he would speak and the beneficial difference there would to the lives of all those who would turn to him. The life, work, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah fit Isaiah’s words perfectly.

Isaiah was a favourite prophet of the Jews and is frequently quoted in the New Testament, especially by Jesus. As Hezekiah lay dying, Isaiah warned him that his heir Manasseh would not follow in the ways of God. After the king died in circa 687 BC, Isaiah and several fellow prophets went out into the desert to escape Manasseh. Isaiah was found hiding in a tree, where he was martyred. The method of Isaiah’s death, sawn in half by Manasseh, is agreed upon by both the Babylonian Talmud and Jerusalem Talmud, and is probably written of in Hebrews 11:37.

Introduction Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three
Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Chapter Eighteen Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty Chapter Twenty One Chapter Twenty Two Chapter Twenty Three
Chapter Twenty Four Chapter Twenty Five Chapter Twenty Six Chapter Twenty Seven
Chapter Twenty Eight Chapter Twenty Nine Chapter Thirty Chapter Thirty One
Chapter Thirty Two Chapter Thirty Three Chapter Thirty Four Chapter Thirty Five
Chapter Thirty Six Chapter Thirty Seven Chapter Thirty Eight Chapter Thirty Nine
Chapter Forty Chapter Forty One Chapter Forty Two Chapter Forty Three
Chapter Forty Four Chapter Forty Five Chapter Forty Six Chapter Forty Seven
Chapter Forty Eight Chapter Forty Nine Chapter Fifty Chapter Fifty One
Chapter Fifty Two Chapter Fifty Three Chapter Fifty Four Chapter Fifty Five
Chapter Fifty Six Chapter Fifty Seven Chapter Fifty Eight Chapter Fifty Nine
Chapter Sixty Chapter Sixty One Chapter Sixty Two Chapter Sixty Three
Chapter Sixty Four Chapter Sixty Five Chapter Sixty Six Summary

Chapter 53 was looked at briefly as part of the study on Romans Chapter Four. A fuller work and indeed a complete study of the whole book will appear in the fullness of time

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Chapter 53 of this book is based primarily on the NIV translation published in 1984.

There are two mind maps of the structure of the Book of Isaiah that may prove useful for study. They are: Chapters 1-39 and Chapters 40-66