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The ministry of the prophet Isaiah was directed to all of God’s chosen people in Israel & Judah (16). His long service for God overlapped the reigns of three significant kings of Judah – Uzziah, Jotham & Hezekiah.
During the reigns of Uzziah & Jotham, Isaiah was used to deliver prophetic messages concerning God’s judgment of Judah, God’s judgment of the surrounding nations, and God’s certain judgment of his chosen people. The prophet’s ministry was greatly magnified in the year that King Uzziah died, in which he received an amazing vision of the holiness of God in heaven.
Four chapters then form an historical bridge between Isaiah’s prophecies of judgment & his prophecies of peace. During the reign of Hezekiah, Isaiah was used both to judge & to encourage the king, as he contended with the invaders from Assyria.
The remainder of the book emphasizes three aspects of God’s promised peace: (1) God intends peace for his chosen people, and for all who will serve him as king. (2) God will send his Prince of Peace to help us understand & submit to God. (3) God has a specific program in mind as to what this promised peace will look like in the lives of his people.
Among all God’s prophets included in the inspired Jewish scriptures, Isaiah best helps us understand the significance of Jesus as the Messiah (or Prince of Peace) whom God had determined to send to rescue his people from their sin.
LORD, please help us to love Your peace more than our distress.