Welcome to Week 16!
Welcome to week 16! As a reminder – if you have questions, feel free to reach out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or messaging a pastor on Facebook.
The Place in the Story
We now enter into the Prophets before the Exile of Israel to Babylon. The first prophet we will read is Isaiah. Isaiah lived during the decline of Israel in the shadow of Assyria. He spoke the word of God to a people who were “deaf and blind” (see 6:10), who refused to listen to his warnings of looming disaster. He warned that the sin of the people of Judah would bring God’s judgment, yet he also declared that God is sovereign and would use Cyrus the Persian to return them from exile. The book speaks of a “servant,” a “man of sorrows,” who would be “pierced for our transgressions,” accomplishing God’s purposes of salvation (52:13–53:12). The final chapters give a beautiful description of a new creation in which God will rule as King, judging the wicked and establishing eternal peace. Isaiah prophesied about 740–700 b.c. (possibly till the 680s). Borrowed from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016).
Themed Video on Holiness
This Week’s Reading
- April 16: 2 Kings 23-25, Psalm 107
- April 17: Isaiah 1-4, Psalm 108
- April 18: Isaiah 5-8, Psalm 109
- April 19: Isaiah 9-12, Psalm 110
- April 20: Isaiah 13-17, Psalm 111
- April 21: Isaiah 18-22, Psalm 112
- April 22: Isaiah 23-27, Psalm 113