By Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

Isaiah is commonly thought of the inner most, richest, and so much theologically major ebook within the previous testomony. it really is, with no query, a profound assertion by means of God approximately his personal sovereignty and majesty spoken via his selected spokesman, the prophet Isaiah.

In this expository statement at the publication of Isaiah, Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., argues that Isaiah imparts a unmarried imaginative and prescient of God all through all sixty-six chapters. it's a unified, woven complete featuring God's revelation of himself to mankind, breaking via our pretense and clashing "with our intuitive feel of things." Ortlund makes some degree of man's uninterest in God and his unfailing inclination to disbelief, and hence the necessity for God to "interrupt our time-honored methods of thinking."

The emphasis of this addition to the Preaching the notice sequence is that this: God saves sinners. He saves them willfully and powerfully and wishes no support from us, proposing himself in all his unmistakable glory. The message of Isaiah, proven completely and thoughtfully during this observation, will reignite a keenness for the distinction of God within the hearts of believers and should current that glory truly and potently to those that haven't begun to be delivered to saving faith. Part of the Preaching the Word series.

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To see a new human being rise from wreckage is moving. The gospel is about redemptive newness for you and me. But the difference between redemption in Casablanca and redemption in the Bible is that the stories in the Bible do not inspire us to redeem ourselves. The gospel offers redemption by God. What is redemption? Redemption explains how God saves us. How does he? By paying a personal price. In real life, we sin our way right into bondage, and there’s no easy way out. If we try to cover it up or make excuses, we dig ourselves in deeper.

Isaiah 1:21b) Isaiah’s Hebrew wording implies that in this world righteousness is like a lonely traveler in hostile surroundings. ” But by his time things have changed. S. who eventually turned against Communism. In his book Witness, he recalls this conversation: The daughter of a former German diplomat in Moscow was trying to explain to me why her father, who as an enlightened modern man had been extremely pro-Communist, had become an implacable antiCommunist. . “He was immensely pro-Soviet,” she said, “and then — you will laugh at me — but you must not laugh at my father — and then — one night — in Moscow — he heard screams.

We can live now in the power of that future (2:5). Our well-being does not depend on our present social construct, which Isaiah views with contempt (2:6-21). He invites us to join him in his unblinking realism about all false hopes (2:22). He is saying to us, “Relocate your happiness in the future, in a world that doesn’t exist yet except in the promise of God. If you do that, you won’t be devastated when the idols of human 50 ISAIAH pride are trashed, as they will be. ”1 Verse 1 of Isaiah’s second chapter marks the literary seam between the introduction (chapter 1) and the body (chapters 2 — 66) of his book.

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