A nation in peril, with a target on it's back; the rise of empires in the Middle East, conquering lands, increasing their borders. The ominous situation Israel finds themselves in is perpetuated by the hardness of their hearts as they refuse to repent and turn from their idolatry, essentially rejecting their Lord.
Through the 66 chapters of Isaiah's prophecy, we travel through a piece of Israel's history and God's words to them through it. We discover Isaiah's difficult job as prophet, sharing words - laced with judgement and hope - to a people who will refuse to listen; and in speaking they become more opposed.
We hear the threats to Israel and see them through the rise of different empires seeking to conquer their nation. We read patterns through this prophecy, as the Lord expresses His kingly judgement on Israel for their idolatry and resistance to repentance, the threads of promise to bring an end to their suffering through the Messiah, who is described as the Suffering Servant, and pictures of the hope of a glorious return, both after their exile and in the second coming of Christ - the One who conquers over all.
Isaiah For You by Tim Chester is a commentary on the book of Isaiah, containing 13 chapters, and rather than detailed comments of every verse, the author highlights one chapter that represents each section and unpacks the context and themes.
The book of Isaiah, filled with its images and pictures, helps us as believers consider the sovereignty and holiness of God in light of evil and suffering. It teaches us of the gospel through the themes of the fall, our redemption in the Messiah and the hope of His coming kingdom.
One thing I really enjoy about this commentary series is the questions at the end of each chapter, providing opportunity for reflection in the context of learning more about the passage.
If you're looking to study a book of the Bible and want a resource to help you, this is a great series for the everyday believer, and I'd highly recommend this one if you're studying the book of Isaiah.
Quick Stats # of pages: 224
Level of Difficulty: Easy
My Rating: 5 stars
*A big thanks to the Good Book Company for the complimentary copy of the book and the opportunity to post an honest review.