Isaiah Opening Questions:
What first comes to your mind when you hear the mention of Isaiah?
What do we know about Him?
Isaiah lived at the twilight of Israel’s golden age, was God’s spokesman during this pivotal time. The problem with having a golden age, it seems, is that it generally does not last and raises expectations to such high levels that everyone begins to be collectively disappointed when they are not met. The great irony of a golden age is this: During a golden age, instead of going from glory to glory as those who live it assume they are doing, society silently, almost imperceptibly, goes about sowing the seeds of its own self destruction, and history goes about looking for a man to push the self destruct button.
Why is this?
What is it about wealth and prosperity that corrupts?
You see, Israel had been generally going from “glory to glory” ever since the Exodus up through Isaiah’s time. All of that was about to change. God used Isaiah to prepare his people to survive being shattered and dispersed.
What is the key to going from glory to glory regardless of what is occurring in society? Observing God’s law? General righteousness? Forgiveness?