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    The prophet moves from local to regional judgment as he proclaims a series of oracles against the surrounding nations (13-23). The eleven nations are Babylon,
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2011
      The prophet moves from local to regional judgment as he
      proclaims a series of oracles against the surrounding nations (13-23).
      The eleven nations are Babylon, Assyria, Philistia, Moab, Damascus
      (Syria), Ethiopia, Egypt, Babylon (again), Edom, Arabia, Jerusalem
      (Judah), and Tyre. lsaiah's little apocalypse (24-27) depicts universal
      tribulation followed by the blessings of the kingdom. Chapters 28-33
      pronounce six woes on lsrael and Judah for specific sins. lsaiah's
      prophetic condemnation closes with a general picture of international
      devastation that will precede universal blessing (34-35).

      Historical Parenthesis (36-39) : This historical parenthesis
      looks back to the Assyrian invasion of Judah in 701 B.C. and
      anticipates the coming Babylonian invasion of Judah. Judah escapes
      captivity by Assyria (36-37; 2 Kin. 1 8-19), but they will not escape
      from the hands of Babylon (38-39;2 Kin. 20). God answers King
      Hezekiah's prayers and delivers Judah from Assyrian destruction by
      Sennacherib. Hezekiah also turns to the Lord in his illness and is
      granted a fifteen-year extension of his life. But he foolishly shows all
      his treasures to the Babylonian messengers, and lsaiah tells him that
      the Babylonians will one day carry his treasure and descendants to
      their land.

      Prophecies of Comfort (40-66),' Having pronounced Judah's
      divine condemnation, lsaiah comforts them with God's promises of
      hope and restoration. The basis for this hope is the sovereignty and
      majesty of God (4048). Of the 216 verses in these nine chapters,
      1 15 speak of God's greatness and power. The Creator is contrasted
      with idols, the creations of men. His sovereign character is Judah's
      assurance of future restoration. Babylon will indeed carry them off;
      but Babylon will finally be judged and destroyed, and God's people
      will be released from captivity.
      Chapters 49-57 concentrate on the coming Messiah who will be
      their Savior and Suffering Servant. This rejected but exalted One will
      pay for their iniquities and usher in a kingdom of peace and
      righteousness throughout the earth. All who acknowledge their sins
      and trust in Him will be delivered (58-66). ln that day Jerusalem will
      be rebuilt, lsrael's borders will be enlarged, and the Messiah will
      reign
      in Zion. God's people will confess their sins and His enemies will be
      judged. Peace, prosperity, and justice will prevail, and God will make
      all things new.
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