Isaiah 40

The prophet is comparing the greatness of God to idols.

He is the God who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand. He has measured the heavens with the span of His palm – from His thumb to His little finger. He has measured the dust of the earth in a basket. He has weighed the mountains in a scale, the hills in a balance. The nations are like a drop from a bucket. He counts them as the dust of the balance. The nations are as nothing before Him. He counts them less than nothing.

He sits on the circle of the earth. The inhabitants are as grasshoppers. He created the hosts of heaven, the sun, moon, and the stars. He brings them out one by one. He calls them by their names, because of His great power and mighty strength. This is the One who cares for us.  

Isaiah's Vision

Isaiah 6

In the Theophonies, the Lord revealed God and His glory and that there was a vision of Christ, which is verified by John. Jesus Christ is “the image of the invisible God” (see Colossians 1). In John 12:41 he says, “These things said Isaiah, when he saw His glory, and spoke of Him.” It was when Uzziah died that Isaiah saw “the Lord high and lifted up.” For this text, note 2 Chronicles 26, which describes Uzziah’s rise and fall.


The Appearance to Abraham

In Genesis 22, Abraham took the knife to slay Isaac. The angel of the Lord called to Him saying, “Thou hast not withheld thy son from Me, thine only son.” There were those kind of appearances in Jacob’s life:

Paper on Isaiah 53


There are many who believe that Isaiah 53 begins in the previous chapter at Isaiah 52:13. The assumption is not without good reason. It was not until the year 1207 A.D. that the Bible was divided up into chapters. A very famous English archbishop, Steven Langton, did this. He was the man who prepared the “Magna Carta.” Three hundred and fifty years later, this printer, called Robert Stevens, divided the chapters into verses. This is why we have the Bible in its present form. All of God’s true servants believe in the inspired Word of God, but they do not believe that the divisions made by these two well-meaning men were inspired. Our present reading is an example of this. Surely Isaiah 52:13-15 is introductory to and belongs to chapter 53.


The Suffering Servant

Jehovah's Suffering Servant

Isaiah 52:13-15


“Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.”  

May the Lord bless the reading of His Word. 

There are many who believe that Isaiah 53 actually begins at verse 13 of chapter 52 (see Isaiah 52:13). This assumption is not without good reason. It was not until the year 1207 A.D. that the Bible, as we know it, was divided into chapters. This was done by a very famous archbishop, Steven Langton. He was the man who prepared the Magna Carta. It was not until 350 years after this man had divided the books up into chapters that a printer called Robert Stevens came along and began to divide the Scriptures up into verses. And that is how we have our Bible divided into chapters and verses today. 

Now I take it, and say with good authority, that while most of God’s servants believe it is the divinely inspired Word of God, we do not believe that the divisions that have been made by those two well-meaning men are inspired. And there are times that we can obviously see, as we read, that the divisions of the chapters and the verses are just not correct. Now here is an example of what I’ve just been saying, because as we read the Scriptures we can see that these verses really belong to chapter 53. 


The Ultimate Sign, Isaiah 7


As we go through life, sometimes we experience distressing times. We may lose our job, have a financial set back, have marital problems, or our health might deteriorate. During these times of distress, the believer in the Lord Jesus needs to examine his/her own life and ask these questions: Is this problem in my life self-inflicted? Are my sins the reason for this trouble? If so, what will I do about it? Can I rely on the promises of God? Finally, what lessons can I learn from this experience?

In the Eighth Century BC there was a king of Judah named Ahaz. He had heard about a planned coup d’etat by two other kings that wanted to overthrow him and replace him with a puppet king. Ahaz was a believer in the Lord but was living in sin, sadly it was gross sin. He had an arrogant spiritual attitude because he thought he was indispensable to the plan, program, and purposes of God. In his thinking, God needed him more than he needed to walk with God and let Him work in his life. That is a dangerous attitude to have, especially when you are dealing with the Living God.

In Isaiah chapter 7, God demonstrates His faithfulness to a promise that He made with King David concerning the Davidic dynasty by giving the ultimate sign to the House of David. The sign would be a virgin born Son named Immanuel, God with us. As we examine this passage carefully, we will see from the historical context that Matthew is not taking verse 14 out of context in order to “proof-text” the virgin birth of Jesus (1:22, 23). Moreover, the context is clearly pointing to the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus as the fulfillment of this passage in Isaiah 7. The Lord Jesus Christ is the sinless Immanuel and God manifest in human flesh.


Isaiah takes the first place; and in fact he is the most complete of all the prophets, and perhaps the most rich. The whole circle of God’s thoughts with respect to Israel is more given here. Other prophets are occupied with certain portions only of the history of this people. We will give here the division of this book into subjects. There is in the beginning an appearance of confusion; nevertheless it helps to explain the moral bearing of the book. And here what a scene presents it...

Isaiah 6 The Prophet's Cleansing And Commission

Here Isaiah goes back over the years and tells us how he was brought into the knowledge of cleansing from sin and how he heard and responded to the call of God to be His messenger to a rebellious and gainsaying people.

It is always interesting to hear a personal and intimate account of the revelation of God to a human soul. In Isaiah 6 the prophet tells us the secret of his wonderful power and how he was equipped for service. He takes us into the sanctuary, shows us how the Lord was revealed to him, and lets us know the circumstances of his call to the prophetic office. This was the real starting point of his effective ministry.

We know from 1:1 that Isaiah began to witness for God in the days of King Uzziah. Since the experience recorded in Isaiah 6 took place in the year Uzziah died, it may be that that experience was subsequent to the prophetic testimony recorded in chapters 1-5. But, as suggested before, there seems to be no proof of this. Isaiah may have begun his ministry during the last year of Uzziah’s life and it may be that in chapter 6 he told us of his original call to the prophetic office.

Yet, many servants of God have preached to others before having a clear, definite experience with the Lord for themselves. John Wesley is a case in point. He told us in his journal that while in Georgia he learned that he who had come to America to convert the Indians had never been converted himself. In later years he doubted whether he had diagnosed his own case correctly, but he certainly preached to others for several years before he had that heartwarming experience in London when he definitely knew that he was born of God. D. L. Moody is another who began to preach before having a clear understanding of salvation by grace and the enduement of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 5 The Parable Of The Vineyard

Isaiah 5 completes the prophet’s address that began in chapter 2. As noted before, the parable of the vineyard is the epitome of that message. Isaiah 5:1-7 In the parable God rehearsed His ways with Israel and emphasized their lack of response to His love and patience. This “song of the vineyard” links intimately with our Lord’s parable concerning the same subject, which He presented to the scribes and Pharisees shortly before His arrest and crucifixion. We might well refer ...

Isaiah 4 When The Lord Returns To Zion

Isaiah 4, though very brief, depicts conditions that were to prevail not only in the days following the threatened Babylonian captivity, but also in the dark days of the great tribulation, for Isaiah looked far beyond his own age to days yet to come. Often in times of prolonged warfare, women far outnumber the men, and Isaiah prophesied that “in that day seven women shall take hold of one man” and seek to claim him as their husband in order to take away their reproach. Such polygamous so...

Foreword To The First Edition

(Written by Mrs. H. A. Ironside) In December 1949 Dr. Ironside gave lectures on the book of Isaiah at Dallas Theological Seminary. One of the students, Ray C. Stedman, made wire recordings of the classroom lectures. Mr. Stedman also did a great deal of secretarial work for Dr. Ironside during his stay at the seminary. He was so efficient and helpful that my husband asked him if he would be willing to travel with us during the summer and help with the writing of his exposition of the book ...
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