As we approach some days of long readings in Isaiah, let’s pause to understand Isaiah’s purpose in writing. Isaiah was a well-educated man, married with two sons and called to preach in Jerusalem during the period of 740 BC until after 701 BC. This was the period after King Uzziah died (ch6) and the succeeding kings were Jothan, Ahaz and Hezekiah. Isaiah confronts idolatry, hypocrisy, greed, self-indulgence and cynicism. He is laughed at, but his prophecies all come true. God uses the nations around Israel and Judah to bring them to their knees, to bring them to a point of trusting in Him alone. Then God brings judgment on those nations, and much of what we read in Is 14-16 today is judgment on Babylon and Assyria.
Although much in these passages are hard to understand, look for glimpses of God’s character, His divine attributes in these readings. Notice verses like Isaiah 14:24, 27
The Lord of hosts has sworn:
“As I have planned,
so shall it be,
and as I have purposed,
so shall it stand,
For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
and who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
and who will turn it back?
Do you see the awesome nature of God here? He PLANS, He PURPOSES, and NOTHING can stop Him! There are no kings strong enough, no presidents powerful enough, no sin great enough…nothing stops God’s plans and purposes. God is sovereign and omnipotent!