From the Book of Isaiah:

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me (Is. 1:1-2).

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me (Is. 1:1-2).

Though many of the books of the Old Testament contain prophecies of God, the Book of Isaiah is the first one to be classified as a book of prophecy. Its author, Isaiah, is frequently referred to as the greatest prophet found in the Word of God. The Lord spoke with Isaiah through visions, which is just one of the many ways in which God communicates with His children. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy (Acts 2:16-18).

Isaiah was not only willing to hear what God had to say, he was also ready to act upon what he heard. Isaiah had great love and compassion for his fellow countrymen, but his greatest love and allegiance was to the Lord. There are many who refer to Isaiah as the “Paul” of the Old Testament, and, indeed, there are many similarities between the two men. Both carried the message of God as it pertained to redemption; both stood before great leaders to proclaim the message of Christ, and both did this without fear or compromise because they understood the power of the God that they were serving. Neither of them worried about their own strength or abilities because they both knew that God would impart power upon all those who serve Him. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19).

When the Lord appeared to Isaiah in a vision, commanding him to carry His message to His chosen people, Isaiah was ready in an instant to do God's bidding. He knew it would not be easy to deliver a message that was designed to reveal the sinful state into which they had fallen. Even though they were refusing to follow His commandments, they had become comfortable living under the Lord's blessings and they would be resistant to change. Isaiah was charged with the unenviable task of warning them that the judgment of God would fall upon any who refused the call to repent of their sinful actions.

Isaiah's ministry lasted for over 40 years and spanned the reigns of four different kings. Isaiah was fully committed to the Lord, and he dedicated his life to the growth of the kingdom of God. God used this dedication to draw many into a right relationship with Him. Let us follow the example of Isaiah and surrender our lives to the cause of Christ.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the Gospel's, the same shall save it (Mark 8:35).

Thought for Today:

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (II Cor. 7:1).

Christ Revealed:

As the One who will judge the nations (Is. 2:2-4). The Lord Jesus Christ . . . shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing (II Tim. 4:1).

Word Studies:

1:13 vain oblations = worthless sacrifices offered by hypocrites; 2:12 day of the LORD = the coming judgment upon the unfaithful as well as the time of rejoicing for the faithful; 3:18 cauls, and their round tires like the moon = headbands bejeweled with sun and moon ornaments; 3:22 crisping pins = money bags or purses; 3:24 stomacher = rich robe; 4:4 blood of Jerusalem = Jerusalem was guilty of killing innocent prophets.

Prayer Needs:

Pray For Staff: Jennifer Palafox, Bible Pathway Ministry President • Country: United Arab Emirates (5,628,805) Eastern Arabia Peninsula • Major Languages: Arabic, Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu • Pressure and hostility against Christians are increasing • 96% Muslim; 4% Other (Includes Christian, Hindu, Jew) • Prayer Suggestion: Ask the Lord to reveal His perfect will for you (Ps. 25:4).

Devotion courtesy Bible Pathway Ministries