This volume covers chapters 1–39 of Isaiah. There were no investigative journalists in the ancient world to bring to the attention of the public matters which the rich and powerful wished to keep hidden. But to a certain extent their role was fulfilled in ancient Israel by the prophets of Yahweh, amongst whom was numbered Isaiah. He exposed the follies of the rich and oppression in society, commented on the inadequacies of foreign alliances, and resolutely confronted wayward kings.
The role of a prophet, however, differed in many key respects from that of a journalist. For one thing, the prophet was called and commissioned by God for the role that he had to play. A true prophet did not opt for this as a career: it was divinely assigned to him.
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“‘Struck’ envisages someone who has been flogged, or else has suffered in battle. The nation is personified as an individual whose body is so bruised and battered that there does not seem to be any spot on it where it is possible for more wounds to be inflicted. But the second question emphasizes that, despite the variety of warning blows, they were unwilling to learn the lesson being taught, and they continued to display ‘stubbornness’ (cf. 31:6)—that is, obstinate resistance to Yahweh’s parental authority and the warnings he was giving. As a result no part of the land had escaped suffering. ‘Head’ points to external assaults, and the ‘heart’ (cf. 6:10) to their inner anguish as a result of the blows that had come on their communities.” (Page 54)
“He provides ‘peace’ (šālôm), a total security which transcends and eclipses the social, political and economic achievements of a merely temporal government.” (Page 244)
“The one whose miraculous birth had been foretold in 7:14 is now further described in terms of his character and activity” (Page 240)
“They failed to realize that performance of rites without engagement of the heart was an affront to Yahweh.” (Page 60)
“There is only one explanation for the situation not having degenerated even further, and that is the gracious hand of Yahweh (cf. Ps. 124:1–5).” (Page 57)