Isaiah 53: Jesus Prophesied

Isaiah 53 from today’s Bible reading* is perhaps some of the most famous content in the Bible. It speaks of the coming suffering servant: Jesus the Messiah. However, I’m not sure that most Christians know that content is from this particular chapter. There are individual parts in it that are borrowed by New Testament writers….

A Godly Response to Bad News

Today’s Bible reading* models for us a godly response to bad news. King Sennacherib’s spokesman delivers bad news to King Hezekiah, warning him that God cannot defend against Assyria any more than any other god could protect the people who worshiped it. And he tells God’s people to reject King Hezekiah’s leadership. But you may…

Isaiah Encourages His Audience

Admittedly, there is a lot of doom-and-gloom in Isaiah’s prophecy. But in today’s Bible reading*, Isaiah encourages his audience with these words: Say to the cowardly: “Be strong; do not fear! Here is your God; vengeance is coming. God’s retribution is coming; he will save you.” Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,…