The message here is salvation again linked to the meaning of the name Isaiah, but directing the focus to the center and meaning of salvation, Christ. Isaiah prophesied for all future ages, predicting both the first and second Advents of Christ. He brings a salvation for people and nations for all time, (Hayford, 1995:174). Theological Truths As a messenger of Israel and Judah’s covenant Lord, Isaiah warned that God’s people were about to be judged for breaking their covenant with Him. Though their punishment would be severe, God would ultimately judge the nations as well and re-establish His people in their land.
(Holman, 1992:379). Disobedience permeates from disbelief, “You do not believe me?” (7:9). The same was spoken by Jesus (John 12:36). The issue for kingdom people is to believe and be established! Signs and wonders will appear because Jesus said they would. Take care to strengthen your kingdom influence through a believing lifestyle, (Hayford, 1995:175). Two Encompassing Ideas; Isaiah has given us encompassing ideas in the beginning of the book.
Their condensed form is found in the two phrases “My people” and the “The Holy One of Israel” (1:3-4). The first term is the stamp of the Lord’s claim upon Israel, implying Israel’s covenant relationship to Him, whereas the second term emphasises Yahweh’s distinctiveness and sets Him apart from Israel. The covenant, a concept basic to prophetic theology, had the divine pronoun “My” as its vanguard. In that pronoun was contained election and providence. The phrase “The Holy One of Israel” marks the high and sublime God who stood above the nation and required justice and righteousness of His people, (Bullock 1986:155).
Discussion; The term “My people” is applied twenty two times to Israel and once to Israel. “The Holy One of Israel” occurs nineteen times as an epithet for Yahweh. Distinctive Pentecostal Beliefs. Steps to dynamic devotion; God wants his people to be fully devoted to Him. We cannot feign devotion: God knows our hearts and knows whether what we say has integrity. This is the best reason to pursue worship with a whole heart. We are to seek God’s face continually, expressing our wholehearted devotion to Him, (55:1-5). Hunger and thirst after the knowledge of the Lord.
(Hayford, 1995:88). Isaiah challenges Christians to hope in God, who is not through with creation. Old Testament Israel only partially realised God’s salvation and peace. God, who acted to save Christians in the past through the suffering servant Jesus, will act again to bring history to His desired end of a new heaven and a new earth, (Holman, 1992:257). Discussion; As Christians we believe the day of redemption is closer since the coming of the Lord Jesus. Yet, along with the saints of the Old Testament, we must have a real sense of hope and longing for the fullness of redemption to which the prophet bears witness, (Elwell 1989: CDROM).
Key Phrase and Key Word Study. The basic theme of this book sometimes called “the fifth gospel”, is found in Isaiah’s name: “Salvation is of the Lord”. Humanity has great need for salvation, and only God’s great provision will suffice. Key Verses in Isaiah are (9:6-7; 53:6), (Hayford, 1995:172), (Tyndale 1997:1341). Salvation – Salvation, in no sense dependent on works. (Gal. 3:10), (Strongs 1999:539) “But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under His curse”. “law” does not have the Greek article here. When “law” lacks the Greek article, it no longer is a reference exclusively to the Mosaic law, but to law or rule as principle. Paul’s assertion applies to any requirement of obedience to “law” and “rule” to merit salvation, and in principle is not limited to Mosaic law,