Isaiah chapters 6–12 are overflowing with prediction, containing some of the most famous references in the Old Testament to the coming Messiah. Covering a time in Judah’s history when it was being attacked and threatened on all sides, each chapter is full of rich biblical truths, revealing the character of Yahweh and His plan for His children. Although the remnant of His people would be reduced to a stump, a shoot would come forth—Immanuel, God with us.
“Over twenty years ago I recall reading an article in ‘Banner of Truth’ magazine on ‘An Early Communion in New Zealand.’ I believe the setting was in the nineteenth century. In any case, there was a remarkable scene as two Maori chiefs approached the Lord’s table. One of them, Tamati Wiremu Puna, was trembling. After the service someone asked him about the deep emotion. He explained that the other chief, Panapa, head of another tribe, had in previous years killed and eaten Tamati’s father. He added that only the gospel which had given him a new nature could make him eat the same bread and drink the same cup with the murderer of his own father! ‘He is our peace’ (Eph. 2:14)—even now.” (Pages 111–112)
“And in our own time we could include more of God’s ‘acting majestically,’ especially his Son’s wrath-absorbing death (Mark 15:34), his death-defying resurrection (2 Tim. 1:10), terror-excluding dominion (Eph. 1:20–22), and justice-imposing coming (2 Thess. 1:6–8).” (Page 124)
“One wonders why it is so much longer. Perhaps because at this point their situation seemed so utterly hopeless (cf. v. 1, ‘the stump of Jesse’), and so the Lord takes special pains to spell out the plans he has for them.” (Page 112)
“The messianic King is your only hope and you should long voraciously for his rule.” (Page 104)
“The first footnote has to do with the drawing of the nations” (Page 112)