Isaiah 56-66 forms the eighth and final section in the Book of Isaiah. The prophet chronicled the character of God’s true people (56:1-8), as well as the wicked (56:9-57:13). Isaiah maintained that there was a distinctive difference between the truly righteous and the truly rebellious (57:14-21).
Isaiah also called the people of God to repentance (58-59). They were to forsake their sin and return to God’s covenant.
Isaiah 60 describes the glorious nature of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone.
Isaiah 61:1-63:6 is a display of the glorious grandeur of the LORD’s favor upon sinners along with the consequential glory of Zion.
Isaiah 63:7-64:12 is the prophet’s personal prayer for the LORD’s deliverance.
Finally, Isaiah 65-66 concludes the Book of Isaiah with words describing God’s salvation and final judgment.
Dr. J. Vernon McGee wrote, “Why study Isaiah? The Book of Isaiah is a high pinnacle in our journey through the whole Word of God. The Prophet Isaiah was given a vision of God at the beginning of his ministry (740 B.C.) that profoundly influenced his whole view of life as well as the prophecies he wrote about. Just like Paul’s vision on the way to Damascus shaped his theology, so Isaiah’s vision of God shaped his view of God.”
“The United States of America in the past fifty years has been dominated to a large extent by persons who do not understand the spiritual heritage bequeathed by their own ancestors.” –Dr. Albert Hyma.
“America is coasting downhill on a godly ancestry, and God pity America when we hit the bottom of the hill.” –Dr. J. Gresham Machen.
“It is not because God is great and I am small, it is not because He lives forever, and my life is but a hand-breadth, it is not because of the difference between His omniscience and my ignorance, His strength and my weakness, that I am parted from Him: ‘Your sins have separated between you and your God.’ And no man, build he Babel’s ever so high, can reach thither. There is one means by which the separation is at an end, and by which all objective hindrances to union, and all subjective hindrances, are alike swept away. Christ has come, and in Him the heavens have bended down to touch, and touching to bless this low earth, and man and God are at one once more.” –Alexander MacLaren.
As we begin this final section of Isiah, let us finish well this study and our application of God’s truth contained therein.
Soli deo Gloria!