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Our Comforting Creator (8 of 12)
This is the beginning of the second major division of Isaiah's prophecy. I pointed out to you when we began these studies together that Isaiah has been compared to a miniature Bible. We know there are 66 books in our Bible. There are 66 chapters in the book of Isaiah. We know that our Bible is divided into an Old Testament, 39 books, and a New Testament of 27 books.
The book of Isaiah naturally divided itself in the same way. The first 39 chapters are chapters of condemnation. There's a great deal of judgment in those chapters. The last 27 chapters, beginning with 40 and going to 66, are chapters of consolation. They set before us the grace and the salvation of our God.
There are many comparisons in these New Testament-like chapters to the New Testament. The beginning and the end of this section of Isaiah is very similar to our New Testament. For instance, we will begin here looking at the ministry of John the Baptist. We know that in the New Testament, the ministry of John the Baptist is right at the very beginning.
These chapters will end with a prophecy about the new heavens and the new earth. We know that our New Testament ends in the book of the Revelation with God's prediction and vision of the new heaven and the new earth.
Chapter 40 of the book of Isaiah is kind of like an overture of a great musical composition. The overture begins by setting forth the major themes of the rest of the musical composition. In the chapter you will find these beginning notes of the main theme that is carried all the way through this portion of Isaiah.
The emphasis here is upon God. In fact, the key is in verse 9 where it says, "Behold your God!" What he's saying here is, "You need to get God focused."
The children of Judah at this particular time were in great need of this message. They were discouraged. They were distressed. They wondered, "Has God fors ...
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