People of the Bible: Isaiah
Who was Isaiah?
He was a prophet around the year 700 BC
His name means “God is salvation”
He spoke some concerning Israel but mostly Judah (The Southern Kingdom)
He was known for his prophecies about Jesus
Isaiah was in the position of prophet for about 50-60 years. He served in this role while Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah served as kings of Judah. During this time, Israel and Judah were in great distress. The nation of Israel had already been divided into a northern and southern kingdom, and they were facing threats from outside enemies constantly. God used Isaiah to spread the word on why these things were happening, what they could do to stop it, and what the world would be like in the future.
Isaiah’s message was for Judah to repent of their sins and turn to God. Judah followed Israel into sin instead of setting themselves apart and living for God. They made idols for themselves and turned their backs on God. Because of this, God sent judgement and told Isaiah to share this news to give them a chance to return before further punishment ensued.
Isaiah also prophesied about the coming of the Messiah. Jesus would not be born for about 700 more years, but his predictions are incredibly accurate. So much so, that Jesus often quoted from the book of Isaiah when it came to telling people why it is that he was sent to the earth.
Isaiah was concerned about the salvation of Judah, but in a wider sense, he was concerned about the salvation of all of God’s people. Today we know that salvation comes through Jesus because he died as an eternal sacrifice for our sins. Through his death and resurrection we are given the chance to return to God and accept his salvation.
Isaiah also makes prophecies about the second coming of Jesus and we know that these are going to be accurate because all the rest of the predictions in his book are strikingly accurate. We can trust in his words because it is the Word of God and has been proven to be correct over and over again. Know this, God always keeps his promises. We see this over and over in His Word, the Bible, and it still remains true today.
Turn to God
Jesus gives salvation
God keeps his promises
Parents, 3treesKIDS will also be learning about the life of Isaiah this Sunday, both in-person and online.
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