Prophet of Deliverance, Gods Messenger
Where in the Bible?
The Books of Isaiah and Matthew
Did You Know
Isaiah spoke of the coming savior, and of a future when peace would come, and God would once again embrace them.
Bio – Isaiah
8th–7th century BC
Early in his ministry, Isaiah saw an amazing vision. When he heard the voice of the Lord asking who he should send as his messenger, Isaiah willingly cried out, “Here am I! Send me,” and so his role as God’s mouthpiece truly began. God chose Isaiah to convey his messages to the people of Judah, at one stage even asking him to travel among the people barefoot and naked for three whole years. Isaiah did as he was asked—it was a way of warning the people of Judah that if they continued to turn away from God, their country would be defeated and they would be taken away as exiles to Assyria.
Isaiah urged the people of Judah and the city of Jerusalem to repent their sins and return to God. He did not mince his words, and spoke of God’s anger and judgment, and of forthcoming punishment if they continued to break the Covenant that they had made with him. The people ignored his warnings, and in his lifetime, Assyria, undergoing a period of expansion—and used as an instrument of God’s wrath—conquered Samaria, the capital city of the northern kingdom of Israel, and besieged the city of Jerusalem.
Isaiah served under the reigns of four kings, showing courage in the face of adversity, growing increasingly unpopular and unwelcome among the people of Judah, who did not like the message he brought them. He saw the beginning of his own nation crumbling and falling, as his warnings were ignored and rejected, yet his faith was unswerving.
In spite of this, the Book of Isaiah is not all about despair and bad tidings, for much of it speaks of mercy, grace, and compassion. Along with warnings of judgment and punishment, Isaiah confirmed God’s promise that his people would not be completely destroyed. Most importantly, Isaiah spoke of the promise of a Messiah—over 700 years before the birth of Christ—and of salvation. It is interesting to note that the name Isaiah means “the salvation of the Lord” or “the Lord is salvation.”
Isaiah’s words are inspiring. Though he spoke firmly of the anger of God, he also offered beautiful and uplifting messages of hope and comfort to a people embroiled in turmoil, war and misery. He spoke of the coming savior, and of a future when peace would come, and God would once again embrace them, of when the scarlet of their sins would become as white as snow. His words were often lyrical and emotive, and always powerful.
While it is not certain that Isaiah wrote the entirety of the Book of Isaiah, there can be little doubt that he was a writer of great talent and eloquence. The Book of Isaiah is quoted by New Testament writers more times than any other Old Testament book.
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Bible Verses About Isaiah
I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’”
For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’”
Key Bible Verses from the Book of Isaiah (authorship uncertain)
The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God.”
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
“You are My witnesses,” says the Lord,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
That you may know and believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
Nor shall there be after Me.
I, even I, am the Lord,
And besides Me there is no savior.
The Lord has called Me from the womb;
From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword;
In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,
And made Me a polished shaft;
In His quiver He has hidden Me.”
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.
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