Thursday, May 9, 2013

Isaiah the prophet: 9 May 2013

Isaiah (Yeshayahu) the prophet was of royal lineage and lived about 700 years before Christ.  He was raised to have awe for God and to know and obey the law.  He was called by the Lord during the kingship of King Uzziah and continued on for some sixty years.  The start of his service began with a remarkable vision (Isaiah 6) in which Isaiah sees the holiness of the Lord and the sinfulness of man. 

Isaiah constantly condemns the nation of Israel for injustice, especially against the poor, and calls for Israel to repent.  He has a strong image of man’s need to repent, and God’s mercy if we do repent.

Isaiah was also well known for the suffering servant passages, which are both a description of Israel, and of the Messiah.  He also predicts the virgin birth, and sets the context for the life of the Messiah. 

Isaiah was eventually condemned to death, and sawed in two. 

Isaiah 6:1-10
Luke 4:16-20

Heavenly Father, you cleansed the lips of Isaiah and raised him up to be a witness to the suffering servant and to help us to recognise the suffering servant.  Remind us daily, since we are called by your name, that we are yours, and that we should daily remind those around us of your mighty deeds.  Send us Lord into the world to proclaim that Messiah has come to save sinners.    This we ask through Yeshua haMoshiach who lives and reigns with you and the Ruach haKodesh, one God in glory everlasting.  Amen  (red)

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