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A Bright New Day Is Dawning For You (32 of 54)
Through the Bible Survey
December 9, 1990
AUTHORSHIP: The Book of Isaiah is written with two distinct emphases. Because of this some Bible Scholars believe there was more than one author. This need not be the case. It is two works (Of one man with 2 messages. Chapter 1 - 45 pictures the nation of Israel under the judgment of God. Chapters 46 - 66 pictures the restoration of Israel and the coming of the Messiah who is to redeem his people. Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prophesied in Jerusalem the reigns of Uziali, Jotliam, Alhaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, is the author of the book which bears his name.
DATE: It has generally been held that Isaiah began his ministry in the last year of Uzziah's reign. 767 - 740 BC. The scope of Isaiah's active ministry was from 740 - 700 BC, a period of perhaps 40 years.
THEME: Isaiah's message is presented against the backdrop of Israel's greatest period of prosperity after the united monarch of the golden age of Israel under David and Solomon. Prosperity precipitated immorality, excessive drinking, display of wealth, ritualism, idolatry, perversion of justice, oppression of the poor, false prophets, immoral priests, and a great chasm between rich and poor. Isaiah warned the people of the folly of sin and God's sure retribution. He called them to repentance and faith and when they refused, he was forced to watch the kingdoms of Judah and Israel destroyed by their enemies. Isaiah was a man of royal blood. He was a young aristocrat from a princely line. His father, Armoz, was the younger son of Joash, King of Judah. He was brought up in the court and had high standing with the people of Jerusalem. It maybe noted that Isaiah was a prophet who actively involved himself in the political affairs of state. He sounded Cod's message to kings, diplomats, and politicians.
SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE BOOK OF ISAIAH: Someone has suggested that the Book of Isaiah is the Bible in ...
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