We’ve talked about the Book of Isaiah before. The comparison to the Bible is obvious. There are 66 books in the Bible. There are 66 chapters in the Book of Isaiah. The Old Testament ends with the Book of the prophet Malachi which begins four hundred years of chaos. The 39th chapter in the Book of Isaiah speaks of the current king of Isaiah’s time. It was King Hezekiah who was showing the Babylonian diplomats (spies if you will) the secrets of Jerusalem which led to Jerusalem’s capture by Nebuchadnezzar and seventy years of exile.
The New Testament of the Bible begins with the Book of Matthew who introduces Jesus to the world. Chapter 40 of the Book of Isaiah prophesies about John the Baptist who introduces Jesus to the world.
This morning we are in chapter 53 in the Book of Isaiah which would be the fourteenth chapter in the New Testament section of Isaiah. It is a physical and spiritual biography of Jesus Christ and the meaning of his life and death. The fourteenth book of the New Testament would be 2nd Thessalonians which speaks of holding fast to what Jesus has given us because of the tough times that are ahead for Christians. 2nd Thessalonians speaks more of the antichrist than any other book of the Bible.
It is because of chapters like Isaiah 53 that Isaiah is known by many as the Fifth Gospel. Back then it was written as prophecy. Today it will be like reading history. History is an interesting word. It comes from the Bible. When you break the word down it becomes “His Story”. “His” refers to Jesus Christ who is God the Son !
The Old Testament prophets, including Isaiah, were a different breed of people. They would not fit in today’s society any better than they fit the culture of their times. Isaiah is considered the greatest of these prophets. His literary abilities have been compared with those of Shakespeare or Milton or Homer. He is called the messianic prophet. Only Psalms speaks more of Christ than does Isaiah.
Evidently Isaiah wrote a couple of other books that we don’t have today. According to the following verses he wrote biographies of both Uzziah and Hezekiah:
2nd Chronicles 26:22 The other events of Uzziah’s reign, from beginning to end are recorded by the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.
2nd Chronicles 31:32 The other events of Hezekiah’s reign, and his acts of devotion are written in the vision of the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
I used the term Honest-to-God Christians in our outline this morning probably a little too much. But that seems to have been my focus since the first of the year. Please bear with me.
So let’s take a look at Isaiah 53.