In Isaiah Chapters 40 and 41 we have been exploring Who God Is. Here's what we know so far. God is Great! He delivered Israel; He is in control of world leaders; He is greater than idols. He provides. He protects. Let everything that has breathe praise the Lord.
Now, in Chapter 42, we learn more about God and His mysterious Trinity, specifically His Servant Jesus.
We now enter a new section of Isaiah. Most commentators distinguish two "halves" of the book. The dire prophetic judgements of the "Old Testament" half, with the tragic end of Israel and much of Judah by the Assyrians, and the more hopefully, Messianic, "New Testament" half in which Isaiah has amazingly accurate prophesies regarding Babylon. This second second begin with chapter 40.
With Assyria (God's enemies) vanquished in Chapter 31, we a righteous king and just princes rule.
(In Warren Wiersbe's Commentary on Isaiah, Be Comforted, he categorizes the next four chapters, Chapters 32-35, the four chapters that conclude the first section of Isaiah's prophesy, to be followed by an historical interlude and then the "consolation"/"new testament" portion of the book. Four future events divinely-inspired for God, His people, and the world.)
I had the privilege of being asked to speak at the annual Women's Retreat I attend through Rocky Mountain Calvary, Women of Calvary. The theme was Pursuing Holiness, based on the book, Pursuit of Holiness, by Jerry Bridges. The previous several posts were my notes as I was reading the book. Below is the final presentation talking points and slide content. This isn't a transcript of what was actually said, but the raw notes of what I planned to say.
Here's a link to a cell phone recording of the actual presentation. I'll update the post with the official video when I get the link.