Following the Blue Letter Bible, I am pausing after Isaiah 8 (as well as after II Kings 16 and II Chronicles 28) and reading all 9 chapters in Amos. The shift is from Judah back to Israel and the rule of Jeroboam II....continue reading "Intro to Amos (Israel)"
Previously, I read about Isaiah and his relationship with Ahaz in the context of II Kings and II Chronicles. This is why the chronological approach has been helpful to me. I wouldn't have remembered the exact context when reading these books separately. Next we see the early manifestation of Isaiah's prophesy....continue reading "Isaiah 8 (Judah)"
Isaiah begins with his indictment of Judah's behavior and a prophesy of their future which is also a parallel to the end times. Then we flash back to read about his calling. Now we are back in his historical timeline with the kings of his time....continue reading "II Kings 16; II Chron 28 & Isaiah 7 (Judah)"
This is it! Having completed his indictment and discourse to the people of Judah (and any of us here for the end times), the timeline seems to shift and Isaiah goes back to describe the events of his calling as a prophet of the Lord....continue reading "Isaiah 6 (Judah)"
We've been reading about the end times; both the grim losses and the beautiful coming of the Kingdom. This is the last section of that discourse....continue reading "Isaiah 5 (Judah)"
Chapter 3 ends with the proud, seductive daughters of Zions being taken and abused as slaves in this time of terror and desolation. Chapter 4 opens with women so desperate for a husband, they agree to support themselves....continue reading "Isaiah 4 (Judah)"
I was so excited to be back in my Old testament reading, that I decided to squeeze in one more chapter before returning to my semester bible studies. My last post was Isaiah 2, which is the first chapter in a complete vison that spans through chapter 4 or 5....continue reading "Isaiah 3 (Judah)"
I've been away for awhile with bible studies and such, so by way of review, Isaiah opens with God bringing a reoccurring vision to Isaiah and a "court case" against he people of Judah for breaking their contract. He has a message of hope and a message of destruction for all sinners (all of us). We must choose....continue reading "Isaiah 2 (Judah)"
And off we go...from the kings to the prophets who tried to persuade them...First up, Isaiah in Judah....continue reading "Isaiah 1 (Judah)"
As Israel and, eventually, Judah race toward oblivion for life as they've known it, the Kings and Chronicles give way to prophets who seem to be God's final effort to turn their trajectories toward His will and away from their idolatry and rebellion.
In my attempt to read chronologically, one of my reading plans says Amos is next and the other says Isaiah. So I have decided to start with Isaiah. Although I'll start Amos after Isaiah 8, and will keep checking in with the Kings and Chronicler....continue reading "Intro to the Prophets and Isaiah"