Lessons from Isaiah

by APC on June 11, 2015

“Lessons from Isaiah” is the fifth and final part of our Profiles on Prophets series, which examines the lessons and prophecies of Isaiah. Isaiah was considered one of the Major Prophets in the Bible, and he prophesied many details of the life of John the Baptist, the birth of Jesus and His ministry, as well as other profound concepts that outline the judgments and mercy of God.

Lessons on God’s Judgment

Uzziah

Isaiah 6:1–8 is a key setting of Scripture, which begins with, “…the year that king Uzziah died…” (Isaiah 6:1, KJV). Uzziah was a king over Judah, and was very rich, had a strong army, and a large kingdom. He became prideful and decided to usurp God’s direction, and took it upon himself to burn incense to the Lord. Because he ignored the warnings of the priests, the Lord, and due to his prideful state, the Lord struck him with leprosy (II Chronicles 6:16).

It is here in this setting of Scripture where we read that God caused an earthquake to come upon the land at the moment of Uzziah’s disobedience (which also struck fear in the hearts of godly men into the future [Zechariah 14:5]). Isaiah describes the power of God, the smoke of His presence, and how he realized how inferior he was to the Lord of Glory. Isaiah teaches us that God will pour out judgment, but there is an opportunity for reconciliation and salvation in Him.

Hezekiah

The King of Assyria decided to come up to war against King Hezekiah (Isaiah 37:11–17). The king of Assyria blasphemed against the Lord and told King Hezekiah that God wasn’t all powerful; that God was the same as the idols other countries worshipped. King Hezekiah didn’t need to prove the Lord’s power, because the Lord displayed His power via destruction. Overnight, God killed 185,000 men of the Assyrian army because of the proclamation of their King (Isaiah 37:36).

While King Hezekiah was on the Lord’s side for a while, he became wrapped up in his earthly wealth and decided to parade the King of Babylon around his house, showing off his riches. The Lord was displeased with Hezekiah and the prophet told him his riches would be carried off to Babylon and his sons would pay for his prideful actions (Isaiah 39). When we step outside our boundaries as a human or try to take credit for what the Lord has blessed us with, God will pour out His judgment.

Lessons on God’s Mercy

Hezekiah

Before King Hezekiah became wrapped up in pride, the prophet came to him and told him to get his house in order because the Lord was going to take his life (Isaiah 38:1). King Hezekiah went to prayer immediately and prayed so fervently, God extended mercy. The Lord sent the prophet to tell King Hezekiah that He would extend his life by 15 years (Isaiah 38:5). When we humble ourselves before God and share the desires of our hearts, the Lord will hear us and bless us. When we have a heart after God, His Word, and His will, God will be apt to bless those who have a relationship with Him.

Our Savior

Isaiah prophesied about the coming of a Savior in the midst of the sin of mankind. He foretold the coming of Jesus more than 700 years before His birth (Isaiah 7:13–14; 9:1–7). He told the people that Jesus would save them from their transgressions (Isaiah 53:5). Through Isaiah, God identified Himself as our ultimate Savior (Isaiah 43:10–11). God knew from the foundation of the world that mankind would need a Savior! Even during the life of Isaiah, God was speaking to His people about the way of Salvation and what would come for future generations. God even spoke of a plan to dwell within His people, through the infilling of the Holy Ghost (Isaiah 28:11–12), which we all have an opportunity to experience today.

Final Lessons

Through learning about a few prophets of the Old Testament, we can learn above all that God teaches us lessons throughout His Word. We can take those lessons, apply them to our life, and learn to walk in His ways. These prophets were ordinary men. But, they choose to have an extraordinary relationship with the Lord. God shows us that He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). We too can have this close walk with the Lord if we choose, and see great things come from a ministry and relationship with Him.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on June 10, 2015 with guest speaker Brother Jonathan Pierce