ISAIAH’S PROPHECY of a new heaven and new Earth is the focus of this week’s Old Testament study. We note sections where Isaiah is cited by later prophets, highlight another example of the divine council worldview (God’s condemnation of a ritual meal for the Canaanite gods Gad and Meni), and discuss the parallels between the last chapters of Isaiah and the last chapters of Revelation.
We also return to the history of 2 Kings for Hezekiah’s miraculous healing and a summary of the reign of his wicked son and grandson, Manasseh and Amon.
THE DESTRUCTION of Assyria and the prophetic implications of its destruction are the focus of this week’s study.
Although the Assyrians had been used by God to punish the northern kingdom, Israel, for its apostasy, He saved Judah and Jerusalem through miraculous intervention. We discuss Hezekiah and his fall into destructive pride, the sin and repentance of Manasseh, and the brief reign of Manasseh’s son Amon, who obviously didn’t learn a thing from his father’s mistakes.
Then we analyze the prophecy of Nahum against the Assyrian capital of Nineveh and find surprising connections between Assyria and the kingdom that destroyed it, Babylon.
GOD ALLOWED Assyria and Babylon to oppress His people because they had turned away from Him. In our study this week, we discuss Isaiah’s prophecy of a day when the world will come to Israel to bring tribute to the Lord.
We discuss the legal language as Isaiah recounts the sins of Israel, the difference between legalism and righteousness, more divine council references, especially to the deities known in the ancient world as Salem (Peace) and Tsedeq (Righteousness), and the ultimate restoration of Israel and Jerusalem, “A City Not Forsaken.”