Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Prophet Isaiah

Commemoration of Isaiah
July 6, 2010

The Lord be with you

July 6 is set aside on our Liturgical Calendar to remember the prophet Isaiah. He was the son of Amoz and considered to be the greatest of the writing prophets. He is quoted in the New Testament more than any other Old Testament prophet. Isaiah means “Yahweh [the LORD] saves.” He prophesied to the people of Jerusalem and Judah form about 740 BC to 700 BC and was a contemporary of the prophets Amos, Hosea, and Micah. Isaiah was a fierce preacher of God’s Law, condemning the sin of idolatry. He was also a comforting proclaimer of the Gospel, repeatedly emphasizing God’s grace and forgiveness. For this he is sometimes called the Evangelist of the Old Testament. No prophet more clearly prophesized about the coming Messiah and His saving kingdom. Isaiah foretold not only the Messiah’s miraculous birth (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6), His endless reign (Isaiah 2:1-5; 11:1-16), and His public ministry (Isaiah 61:1-3), but most notably his Suffering Servant role and atoning death (Isaiah 52:13-53:12). The apostle John’s description of Isaiah, that Isaiah saw Jesus’ glory and spoke of Him (John 12:41), is an apt summary of his prophetic ministry.

The picture is of Isaiah as depicted on the fresco at the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo in 1509.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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