Isaiah – NIV archaeological study Bible: An Illustrated walk through Biblical history and culture. (2005). Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan. 9780310938521.
Isaiah was the sixth book I finished in the Read through the Bible Challenge. Also, Isaiah was the first “Prophecy” book I read this year. Isaiah is in the Old Testament.
Isaiah has 66 chapters. Chapters 1-39 predict doom and gloom for the disobedient land of Judah as well as the nations that oppose God. The latter chapters anticipate the restoration of the nation of Israel and a new creation in God’s glorious future kingdom; prophesying the coming of the Messiah.
This book is perhaps one of the most powerful in my opinion. I had much difficulty reading it, though, when I read about Egypt paying for its sins (history repeating itself?). The second part I took as the promise of a savior.
The verse choice from Isaiah seemed obvious to me:
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
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