- Isaiah 53:5
This week on Sunday Morning Coming Down we will discuss the Prophet Isaiah, the first of the major prophets appointed by Samuel at the conclusion of the period of the Rule of Judges in Israel and Judah. Prophets held an office of great importance as they were tasked with providing the King and his subjects with guidance on how to maintain a positive relationship with God. Unfortunately, Samuel was dealing with a Judean population which routinely gave burnt offerings to God, but their hearts were not in it. They worshipped idols and in some cases even gave living sacrifices of children.
Coming into his position from an aristocratic background, he was well grounded in God's law and tried to impart his wisdom to kings (he served both Ahaz and Manasseh) and their subjects but they tired of his guidance over time. After sixty year of wise counsel he was ultimately put to death for his strong beliefs.
But he did impart seven hundred years before it happened the story of the upcoming birth and life of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. And this culminated the writings that came to be know as the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. The first thirty nine chapters lamented over and warned the people of the folly and danger of living in sin, but then he introduced the promise and the hope that would come from Jesus many year later (chapters forty through sixty six). And when the seven hundred years passed, and even as viewed by biblical scholars today, it becomes obvious that he was given a great insight by God of the future, a future which also applies to us so many years later. We, just like those before us have been given the opportunity to live forever with Him if we will just take Him as our Savior and believe.
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God bless you all and have a blessed Lord's Day on this Sunday Morning Coming Down.