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Isaiah is about Life in General Whenever I need to be reminded of God’s grace, I turn to the book of Isaiah. In Isaiah we find exile and restoration— the stuff that makes up life. God’s battle for humanity is full of grace and tough love. We see this in His fight for Israel’s affection. He chose prophets like Isaiah (Isa 1:1), and gave them divine visions (Isa 6:1–6), so that they could win His people back. But they, like many of us today, didn’t listen (Isa 39; compare 2 Kgs 24:10–17). In return, they were exiled—taken captive to Babylon (2 Kgs 25). God didn’t rise to the people’s defense because they needed to learn the cost of disobedience. But He also didn’t forget them. A generation went by before God responded: “I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies … He who is bowed

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down shall speedily be released; he shall not die and go down to the pit, neither shall his bread be lacking” (Isa 51:12, 14 esv). The royal ruler of the universe (Isa 6:1–6) recognizes that fear drove the people’s foolish and hateful actions (Isa 30:1–17), just like it drives ours. Yet He promises comfort, restoration and grace (Isa 30:18–33). There is no greater grace than this: even though “all we like sheep have gone astray … the Lord laid on [His suffering servant] the iniquity of us all” (Isa 53:6). Like the exiles, all of us have committed wrongs against God and each other. But God allowed for His servant to endure our pain and “be numbered with the transgressors” (Isa 53:12). That’s us; and He offered His servant for us (Isa 53:10).

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God’s offering brought a new command: “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor!” (Isa 54:1 esv). We are to sing with joy because we have been restored. Through the resurrection of God’s servant (Isa 53:10–11)—which is ultimately His Son (Luke 23:26–24:12)—we too can be resurrected (Isa 66:14–24; 1 Cor 15:12–49; Rev 20:5). In Christ, our very minds, bodies and souls are resurrected—both in the future and the now. In return, He asks for our affections towards Him and other people (Matt 22:37–40). As you read through Isaiah, the focus of this issue of bsm, may you comprehend God’s redemptive plan for humanity—how He calls us out of despair and turmoil into everlasting life.

CONTENTS 26 | Before You Read Isaiah, Read This 29 | Standing in God’s Council 31 | Repainting Seraphim in the Sistine: A Hebrew Word Study without Hebrew 35 | Immanuel’s Mother : Virgin or Not?

37 | A Resurrected Servant 500 Years before Jesus 40 | Exile to Exodus (In That Order) 42 | Jesus Misquotes Isaiah 61? A diy Bible Study 43 | The Dead Will Rise : Church Father Tertullian on Isaiah 66

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