Isaiah - A Sinner Speaks to Sinners
Dr. Miles Seaborn
Isaiah 7:1-13; 1:1-6; 45:1; 9:6-7
INTRO. Isaiah is great for two reasons: First, he lived in momentous days of great international upheaval and political crises. Second, he wrote what many consider to be the greatest book in the Old Testament. To understand the reasons for many of the things he said, we must study him in his historic situation.
First, of all, let me say that this challenging book of Isaiah, the prophet, has been questioned by some theologians and historians. Are there really two Isaiah's bound up together in this great evangelical book? Or is the same one of Amoz that we have here from the first chapter to the last. I don't know. I am like Dr. Spurgeon, the great preacher, "My heart leans to one Isaiah, but the facts must be heard, whatever they are." But I also claim for us, here, and for myself and those of us who know God, should be allowed to come to the church to worship the Lord without being teased and tormented about the age and authorship of this and that chapter of the Word of God. I shall take it for granted this morning, therefore, that the name of the son of Amoz may be complete confidence and best propriety used in the whole of the 66 bold and eloquent chapters.
I. THE MAN
His name meant "salvation of Jehovah". During his lifetime lived five kings: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezkiah, and Mannesseh.
Uzziah had a long and splendid reign. He was a good king. He made mistakes, but on the whole, his reign was a good one. "He did that which was good in the eyes of the Lord."
Jotham was a good king, and Hezekiah was a good king (friend of his enemies). The scripture says, "There was none like him or even before him." (Probably referring only to the kings of the divided kingdom and not including David and Solomon.)
Ahaz was the weakest and the most wicked of the kings of the southern kingdom.
Manasseh had the longest reign in Judah's history, but he was the most ap ...
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