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Posts from June 2021

Isaiah 5: Isaiah among the Prophets

Readers of the OT prophets will sometimes notice that oftentimes a prophet’s words will sound similar to other prophecies made by other prophets.  There is much evidence of overlapping messages between the prophets of Israel.  Isaiah is no exception. In Isaiah 5:13, the prophet writes, “Therefore my people go into exile for lack of knowledge; their honored men go hungry, and their multitude is parched with thirst” (all Scripture in ESV).  Isaiah threatened the people of Judah with exile due…

Isaiah 4 – Connections with Psalm 132

In my sermon on Isaiah 4, I explored several connections “branching” out from 4:2 (pun intended), including connections in Jeremiah 23, Zechariah 3 and 6, and even Isaiah 11.  One connection I wasn’t able to dig into in the sermon was Psalm 132, which offers a number of thematic connections with Isaiah 4. This psalm does not use the phrase “Branch of the LORD,” but you’ll find several connections to Isaiah’s words within the short hymn.  The psalm begins by…

Isaiah 3 – Connections and Quirks of the Text

A good study of a biblical text will produce more insight than a preacher can ever share in a single sermon.  Here are a few connections and quirky traits of Isaiah 3 that did not make my sermon: Isaiah 3 predicts a time of coming exile as judgment against Judah’s sin.  Particularly, Isaiah focuses on the social upheaval and reversal of fortunes for the leadership in the land.  A few connections with the book of Lamentations caught my attention.  Keep…

Isaiah 2:2-5 // Micah 4:1-5

Note: All Scripture in NASB. *Black font indicates identical Hebrew language; gray font indicates differences; red font notes where “peoples” and “nations” are switched in Hebrew. **In a number of places, the NASB is inconsistent with the translation from the Hebrew. In these places, the Hebrew is identical and the English translation slightly differs. Examples: “Now” and “And” in the opening sentence both translate vav. “Concerning” and “about” in Isa 2:3//Mic 4:2 are the same in Hebrew. “Learn” and “train…

Isaiah 1b – What Does God Hate?

We like to think about God as a loving God.  And he is.  1 John says it twice: “God is love” (4:8, 16).  2 Corinthians 13:11 calls God “the God of love.”  The testimony of Scripture is clear that God is a God of love. But it may come as a surprise to some Christians that the God of love… hates.  But isn’t hatred a sin?  Not when it is directed at sin. Isaiah 1:10-31 speaks against religious hypocrisy.  The…