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Isaiah is one of the most powerful books of the Old Testament, filled with poetic proclamations aimed at the people of the southern kingdom of Judah. His was a message of warning about the spiritual condition of God’s people—their sinfulness and their neglect for the poor and needy—and a message of hope based on the future God promises them.

Isaiah helps us recall that God is in the business of restoration and redemption:

“Though your sins are scarlet, they will be white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18).

The sixth chapter records God’s call to Isaiah to take up the prophetic task. In that moment, he was given a glimpse of the Lord in all His majesty and glory. Interestingly, this call came at a time of great challenge for the people of Judah, as their king had just died. It is a reminder to us that even in the tough times God is in control and has work for His people to do.

It is a reminder to us that even in the tough times God is in control and has work for His people to do.

Isaiah is a long book because it deals with two great sweeps of time—the days in which the prophet lived and the time yet to come when the Messiah returns and establishes His kingdom of righteousness. That’s why Isaiah 53 is such a precious chapter, telling us of the Messiah, the Suffering Servant, who would bear our sins and someday rule as King. The message of Isaiah to us today is that we need to adjust the way we live so that when the King returns, we can enter into the kingdom full speed ahead because we have prepared ourselves by living according to God’s righteous standards.

Here’s a short video that highlights five key themes from the book of Isaiah. May you be blessed by it!

Check out more from Dr. Tony Evans @tonyevans.org

About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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