Many who express a profound love of the scriptures often groan when one book in the Bible is mentioned: Isaiah.
Why is Isaiah so hard to understand? Why couldn't he have just said what he meant?
A Book of Prophesy
Isaiah was written by a prophet who lived in one time, but saw another. Believers of the Bible assert that unlike the "predictions" we like to make about the future, Isaiah really saw what the future would be. He wanted his people to learn from us, and wanted us to learn from his time.
Language of His time
How could you describe a world where media is essential to a world where such technology doesn't exist? How could you even comprehend it yourself, really, living in that same world? And what did his people need to know most about us?
Isaiah knew that his people wouldn't even fathom what life is like today, but his people could learn some very important ideas from Today's world.
So maybe we can't understand everything that Isaiah wrote, but if we sincerely study with a prayer for understanding, then we will not miss the important truths Isaiah wanted to teach us in our time.
He talked about Christ and the significance of his atonement in our day.
He talked about "manmade idols" and warned us to turn away from them.
He talked about the faithlessness in our world and showed how it existed in his also.
And many more teachings we can glean from that great prophet, if only we'll try.
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