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Isaiah Prezi

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Kings Uzziah, Ahaz & Hezekiah
Tiglath Pileser III of Assyria
Will you trust God's promises when Assyria is at the gates?
Isaiah 1
God will use the Assyrians to judge his people (10:5-6)
But does this mean that he will fail to keep his promise of a nation to Abraham?
NO - He promised to work through Israel to save his people – NOT to work through Israel to save Israel

11:1-5 - a stump will shoot again & produce a Spirit-Empowered-King (S.E.K.)!
11:6-9 - His kingdom will be more glorious that Solomon's - it will be Eden Restored
This crusher-king is not Cain, Lamech, David, Solomon, Uzzaih, Josiah or Hezekiah - He is the Satan-crushing, Spirit-Empowered Messiah (S.E.K.)!
11:10-16 - This king will lead God's people in a 2nd Exodus

Remember: God's mercy and kindness which brings us salvation!
Praise: God for his kindness and mercy that has bought us salvation!
ISAIAH 10-12
39:5-8 - Hezekiah shows that he's not the S.E.K. of Is 11
c.f. Jesus who was obedience even unto death

Remember Isaiah 6 - preach until what you're preaching about happens!
this takes place in Is 39!
Judgement falls and the Kingdom of God is defeated

You might expect Isaiah to end here (as 2 Kings) and some new prophet to arrive with a message of hope
Isaiah doesn't end but it changes!

Isaiah 1-39 - we meet the God who judges
Isaiah 40-66 - we meet the God who saves
he will rescue his people from his wrath through his S.E.K.
How? See Servant Songs!
Isaiah 55, 64, 66
ISAIAH 36-37
Up to Chapter 12 the book seems fairly easy to read and understand but from 13-35 Isaiah launches into a series of poems of damnation (some on salvation e.g. 25 & 26 but mostly on judgement e.g. 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21)
now in chapter 36 we encounter narrative as Sennacherib comes looking for his money!
Background: Hezekiah stopped paying tribute to Assyria
The reason might have been political (Hezekiah has a growing friendship with Assyria's enemies: Egypt and Babylon)

BUT the real reason was probably Theological – he thought he was the Spirit-Empowered-King (S.E.K.) of the Old Testament
the Anointed One of Israel who would bring the nation back into relationship with the Lord
Covenant Lawsuit
1:2-17 - Judgement will result in the destruction of God's people
1:18-20 - Two Ways To Live!
1:21-31 - Judgement will result in the salvation of God's people
Will you choose destruction or salvation?
ISAIAH 1:2-31 - The unfaithful city and the City of Righteousness
Vision of the New Creation
Peace will break out as God keeps his promises to Abraham

If you reject God's invitation to come to his Mountain, you'll face his "Day"
Isaiah 2
Covenant Lawsuit
1:2-17 - Judgement will result in the destruction of God's people
1:18-20 - Two Ways To Live!
1:21-31 - Judgement will result in the salvation of God's people
Will you choose destruction or salvation?
The Song of the Vineyard
The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in (v7).

BUT people of God make their choice - they turn away from the Mountain of the Lord and choose to face the Day of the Lord!
Chapters 1-5 are the backdrop to Chapter 6 and explains the hopelessness of Isaiah's ministry to preach "until the Lord has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken."
Against the backdrop of the kings in 1:1 and Sennacherib in 36:20, Isaiah is not left in any doubt as to who the King of the whole earth really is
everything about the Lord is holy
when Sennacherib asks "who will rescue Judah from my hand" (36:20) God answers in 37:23)
"... the Holy One of Israel!"
Sennacherib has mocked the holy God of Isaiah 6
Israel and Judah have defied the holy God of Isaiah 6

Isaiah 6 shows us that Judgement has already been passed and they are under his wrath
their relationship with God is beyond repair
Isaiah's preaching will confirm God's judgement on them

The tiniest glimmer of hope is given in 6:13 - the holy seed will survive God's wrath when the exile comes
36:10 - it looks like God is with Sennacherib!
36:13 - reminds us of the serpent in Eden ("Did God really say?")
36:19-20 - reminds us of 1:18 ("Come, let us reason together")!
36:21 - Hezekiah's response sounds like the words of a S.E.K.
Remembers Isaiah 6 - The Lord is high, exalted, incomparable, irresistible & terrifying
When it looks like God has forgotten you, will you remember is promises to you? Whose voice will you listen to?

37:1-4 - Hezekiah's finest hour - he trusts God and his Word of promise and so he prays!
37:6-7 - God's response to Sennacherib's challenge - God will conquer him with a rumour!!
37:14-20 - one of the greatest prayers in the whole Bible!
37:27-32 - c.f. Psalm 2: Those who rage against the Lord and his Anointed are doomed

As the S.E.K., Hezekiah (1) Turns to God rather than Egypt (2) trusts the Word of God ( 3) Prays ...just as Jesus did!
ISAIAH 40 & 42
Technically, Isaiah's mandate (chapter 6) is fulfilled and we would expect the book to end in chapter 39!
QUESTION: Why such a change between chapters 39 & 40?
ANSWER: there is a huge span of history between 39 & 40 (Chapter 40 talks about the time after the 6 last kings of Judah when the people are in captivity 170 years into the future!)

The question on everyone's minds is how will God keep his promises to Abraham now?
God's answer is the Servant of the Lord (S.O.L.)

compare 42:1 with 11:1-5 - the Servant does the S.E.K.'s job of bringing justice to the nations
God will keep his promises to Abraham when the Servant brings his people back & puts them back in the land
God delights in
the S.E.K. of Ps 2, Mk 1 and Mk 9 - - - AND - - -
the S.O.L. of Is 42 because the S.E.K. IS THE S.O.L.!

From Ps 2 and Is 42 you’d have known EXACTLY what Jesus was going to do and his miracles and death and resurrection wouldn't have come as a surprise to you!
Here we meet the S.O.L. for the second time
What God said He would do through the S.E.K. (42:6) He now says he’s going to do through S.O.L. (49:6)!
when we finally come to Jesus these 2 mysterious figures merge into 1 and Jesus is BOTH!

God is delighted with the Lord Jesus & can’t stop talking about him ALL THE TIME
and so it’s a huge surprise when we come to 49v7!!!

Thus says the Lord,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
the servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
ISAIAH 44 & 45
Isaiah 44 answers the question “HOW are these people going to be rescued to inherit the land?”
ANSWER - by the Redeemer (God himself) who would use his Messiah/Shepherd
Cyrus was to be God’s Messiah to bring the people back - look at 44:28 & 45:1 & 2!
Isaiah prophecies this even though Cyrus wasn't born or named by his parents yet (his parents hadn't yet been born!)

BUT - Cyrus wasn't the S.E.K. to bring light to the gentiles (42:6) - he was a gentile bring light to Judah!

NO - Cyrus is not the S.O.L / S.E.K. of Isaiah 42!
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Here the great work of the Servant is laid out before us
here is the HOW? of chapter 11 is answered
The S.O.L. will suffer to recover God's Kingdom!
Even though the S.O.L. is innocent, he is punished by God on behalf of God’s people so they might be at peace with God

The way God is going to bring and end to all sin and suffering - by his Servant coming to bear our sins on himself and suffering and dying in our place

The S.O.L. is the sin-bearer of God’s people who will bring peace with God forever through his death
The S.O.L. is anointed by God Himself to be a preacher!
His anointing means he must also be the S.E.K.
he is the Priest, the sacrifice, the prophet and the preacher

Note his message:
The S.E.K. is the S.O.L. is "The Debt Canceller"
He sets slaves free
He gives everyone back their inheritance!
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;[a]
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b]
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
ISAIAH 61:1-3
Isaiah 66: 22-23
“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord.
v1-11 - The great invitation and promise of 1:18-19 is repeated (c.f. Matt 11:28)
v12-13 - Chap 11 is repeated - the promise of the restoration of creation (a new Eden)

v1-4 - a call for God to come near as He did at Sinai
this is a call that God answered with the incarnation and will answer again at the 2nd coming

v15-17 - The great warning of cataclysmic Judgement of 1:20, 24-26 is repeated
v18-20 - God who judges is also the God who saves

Through the S.E.K., the S.O.L. and the Church, God will keep his promise to Abraham & call in the nations
(Rev 22:12-13 12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Until Isaiah, “Blessing” was understood by Israel to be “Material Prosperity”
but Isaiah has the great vision of the Mtn of the Lord which gets bigger and bigger until it subsumes the whole world & people from all nations come to it

Is 66 shows us that this Mtn is the New Heavens & the New Earth
This helps us understand why Jesus didn't usher in a new Golden Age and why Christians don't expect material blessing in this world
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