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After a long quoted oracle against Babylon and its destruction by other invaders, Isaiah continues his message to the city that symbolizes so much from the past, Isaiah's contemporary events, and all of our futures.

...continue reading "Isaiah 14"

After another pass at II King 16 & 17 and II Chronicles 27 & 28, Israel has fallen and has been hauled away. God has orchestrated a priest to come back and teach His ways, but the people just add that to their previous worship. Meanwhile Judah is still alive, but not thriving under Ahaz. Both book passages end with the death of Ahaz and the introduction of his successor, his son Hezekiah.

Now the Blue Letter Bible chronological reading list sends us back to Isaiah. Previously in Isaiah, he was prophesying about the end of Israel and two beautiful chapters about the Messiah.

...continue reading "Isaiah 13 (Babylon)"

The close of Chapter 11 of Isaiah is a prophesy that the remnant of Israel will pour out of Assyria like a highway, the second exodus. This will be paralleled in the Millennial Kingdom as God calls forth the dispersed Jews to be his Royal Priesthood. Chapter 12 picks up there.

...continue reading "Isaiah 12 (Millennial Kingdom)"

Isaiah has been prophesying about the end of Israel as a cautionary tale for Judah. We've seen that Assyria will be the instrument to crush Israel and then come for Jerusalem, sending Judah's villagers fleeing in fear. But the Lord will deal with Assyria and raise up a remnant of his people.

...continue reading "Isaiah 11 (Judah/Israel)"

Isaiah is prophesying about the final demise of Israel as a warning to Judah.

...continue reading "Isaiah 10 (Judah/Israel)"

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I'm tracking the kings and prophets through the last days of the Israel and, soon after, Judah.

...continue reading "Isaiah 9 (Judah)"

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)"