Complacent with establishing a fortified island a half-mile off-shore from the old city to Tyre and enjoying a profitable fleet of ships, the leaders of Tyre chose to turn their back on an old trading partner, Israel. Forgotten were the days when King David of Israel and King Hiram of Tyre enjoyed a cordial arrangement… Read More »
Both God revealed to Isaiah and Jesus to a multitude of people, the importance of humility before God and a spirit that recognizes the loss of eternal life without the presence of God’s spirit.
Through Isaiah, God informed the Israelites that their disobedience and evil practices would have consequences. The Israelites did not set a godly example for other nations and God served notice that one day He would make Himself available to these nations directly.
As God’s messenger, Isaiah stated that Israel (Northern Kingdom) would be captured by the Assyrians; and in the South, Jerusalem would be destroyed by the Babylonians; but, a remnant would survive and rebuild Jerusalem. God would not forsake His people and they would be a witness to all nations that God is Holy and Everlasting.
Inspired by God, Isaiah prophesied about the defeat of Israel (Northern Kingdom) by the Assyrians and Jerusalem by the Babylonians. He also prophesied that the people would renew their relationship with Him, the ruins would be rebuilt and that all nations would see the power of God.
When Isaiah predicted that first Assyria would destroy and take captives many of the Jews living in Israel (the Northern Kingdom) and later Babylon would destroy and take many captives from Jerusalem (part of the Southern Kingdom), King Ahaz did not listen to Isaiah. If their leader didn’t heed Isaiah’s warnings, many of the people… Read More »
The intent of fasting and prayer was to deny oneself of food and water, while directing focus toward God and a willingness to obey His will. For many, fasting was a custom to be observed without concern about how they treated hungry, poor and sick people.
God has seen and continues to see all. He told Isaiah that He knew the hearts of both the righteous and unrighteous. The righteous would be at peace with Him. The disobedient, however, had made a choice to pursue other gods; some pursuing the almost unbelievable act of sacrificing their children to these gods. (This… Read More »
“When other nations look at you, what do they see,” Isaiah asked? “They see people that say their God is great, but they have turned from their God and offered sacrifices to other gods and pursued pleasures in disobedience to their God. Your leaders have led you astray. But, God will gather others who worship… Read More »
“But,” Joel continued, “God is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. If His people would repent of their ways and seek His forgiveness, they may be able to avoid punishment for their disobedience.”