The book of Isaiah serves as a powerful testimony to the character of God and his covenant purposes. When faced with impending doom from their enemies to the north, the kingdom of Judah frantically asks for the salvation of God. But rather than escape judgment from their sins, Judah is assured that it has reason to hope—God is trustworthy and will one day restore his people, and indeed, the entire world.
In this OneBook Daily-Weekly, Dr. John Oswalt leads us in an exploration of the first thirty-nine chapters of Isaiah's rich prophetic oracles. Here we discover the truth about God's holiness and the depth of our sin, but also the promising renewal that God is bringing to the entire creation.
Isaiah's narrative presents a people abounding with temptations to make unhelpful alliances with foreign nations and pagan gods. Today, we face the same pressing temptations in new forms—will we trust God or turn to our own devices? This study locates us in the story of God and offers compelling reasons to put our hope in him.
Dr. John Oswalt is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. His expertise is in Old Testament studies, Hebrew language, and Hebrew religion. His writings have appeared in Bible encyclopedias, scholarly journals and popular religious periodicals, and is a leading scholar on the book of Isaiah. He is married to the former Karen Kennedy, and they have three children and two grandchildren.