Isaiah: A Very Reliable…"Little Bible."


ISAIAH: A VERY RELIABLE…“LITTLE BIBLE”
                                                   
The book of Isaiah is actually a “little Bible.” It has a lot of similarities to the Bible.
For our purpose we will only notice “eight” of the many similarities between the Bible and the Book of Isaiah.
First
a. The Bible has 66 books.
b. Isaiah has 66 chapters.
Second
a. The Bible has 2 main sections.
b. Isaiah has 2 main sections.
Third
a. Bible’s first section (O.T.) has 39 books.
b. Isaiah’s first section (Chs. 1-39) has 39 chapters.
Fourth
a. Bible’s second section (N.T.) has 27 books.
b. Isaiah’s second section (Chs. 40-66) has 27 chapters.
Fifth
a. Bible’s first section (O.T.) starts with sin (Gen. 3) stresses law and condemnation…then ends with a prophecy of judgment and a curse (Mal. 4:4-6).
b. Isaiah’s first section (Chs. 1-39) starts with a sinful nation (Isa. 1:4ff) stresses judgment and condemnation…then ends with a prediction of judgment and captivity (Isa. 39:6-8).
Sixth
a. Bible’s second section (N.T.) begins with John the Baptist (Matt. 3:1ff), emphasizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus…then ends with the “new heavens and new earth” (Rev. 21-22).
b. Isaiah second section (Chs. 40-66) begins with a prophecy about John the Baptist (40:3-5) and it too emphasizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (52:13-53:12)…then ends with the “new heavens and a new earth” (Isa. 65:17ff).
Seventh
a. Bible’s first section (O.T.) has various prophecies concerning the Lord’s: house (Micah 5:1-5); kingdom (2 Chron. 7:12-16); birth (Jer. 31:22; Mic. 5:2); lineage from David (2 Sam. 7:12-14); righteousness (Jer. 33:15-16); peace (Ezek. 34:23-26); salvation for Gentiles (Amos.9:11-15); eternal joy for the redeemed (Jer. 31:10-14) …and refers to Jesus as the Branch (Jer. 33:15; Zech. 6:13).
b. Isaiah’s first section (Chs. 1-39) has various prophecies concerning the Lord’s: house (2:2-5); kingdom (9:6-7); birth (7:14); lineage from David (11:1); righteousness (11:4-5); peace (11:6-10); salvation for Gentiles (11:10); everlasting joy for the redeemed (35:8-10)…and refers to Jesus as the “Branch” (11:1). 
Eighth
a. Bible’s second section (N.T.) emphasizes the Lord’s service, suffering for our sins, salvation, and work of the Spirit…then ends with the “new heavens and the new earth” (Matt. – Rev.).
b. Isaiah’s second section (Chs. 40-66) emphasizes the Lord’s service (42:1ff), suffering for our sins (53:3-12), salvation (45:17, 22, 25; 51:6), and work of the Spirit (44:1-3; 59:20-21)…then ends with the “new heavens and new earth” (65:17ff).
2. The following is a brief outline of the book of Isaiah.
   
A THREE POINT OUTLINE OF ISAIAH
I. CONDEMNATION for SIN (Chs. 1-39)
1. In the first 39 chapters of Isaiah there is a lot of emphasis on “condemnation” and “judgment” for sins.
2. Isaiah’s first section (Chs. 1-39) starts with a sinful nation (Isa. 1:4ff) stresses judgment and condemnation…then ends with a prediction of judgment and captivity because of sin (Isa. 39:6-8).
II. COMFORT for SAINTS (Chs. 40-66)
1. In the last 27 chapters of Isaiah there is lot of emphasis on “comfort” and “salvation” for the saints.
2. This section begins with “comfort” (40:1) emphasizes salvation in the Lord Jesus by His death (52:13-53:12)…then ends with saints in the “new heavens and the new earth” (65:17ff).
III. COMING of the SAVIOR (Chs. 1-66)
1. The prophet Isaiah has been rightly called The “Messianic” prophet because he had so much to say about Jesus the Messiah.  He probably wrote more about the salvation that Jesus was to bring than any other Old Testament writer.
2. Paul wrote that the “Holy Scriptures” (Old Testament Scriptures) are “able to make us wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:14-16). A study of Isaiah proves that to be true. I like to think of the book of Isaiah as “The Gospel according to Isaiah.” We are all familiar with the gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but there is also the gospel according to Amoz’s son (Isa. 1:1)
Isaiah tells us about the Lord’s Birth (7:14, & 9:6), the Lord’s Behavior (11:1-5), the Lord’s Bruises (53:4-11), and the Lord’s Blessings (61:1-3).  Isaiah saw the Lord’s Glory (6:1-5), specified the Lord’s Government (2:2-4; & 9:6-7), spoke of the Lord’s Grief (53:3,4, & 10), and stressed the Lord’s Grace  (45:25;49:8-10; & 53:11).  Isaiah refers to the Lord’s Position (52:13-14), the Lord’s Preaching (61:1-3), the Lord’s Pain(50:6), the Lord’s Pardon (53:4-12), and the Lord’s Peace (9:6-7; 53:5).
3. In the next article we will notice in some detail the things Isaiah said about the Lord’s mission, message, and mercy.
More to follow.
Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org

 

waynedunaway@gmail.com

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