The world-changing Assyrian conquest of Israel and much of Judah forms the backdrop for Isaiah's prophetic anticipation of God's deliverance, both temporal and specific to Judah but also everlasting and open to all who believe around the world.
Our church calendar—indeed, our very salvation—hinges on the promises of this crucial book. We turn during Christmas to worshiping God with Us (Is. 7:14), the child called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6-7). We turn on Good Friday and Easter to remembering the Suffering Servant (Is. 52:13-53:12).
Every day we give thanks to the preacher who brings good news to the poor (Is. 61:1-3). And by Jesus' Resurrection all who believe will one day enjoy fellowship with him in the new heavens and new earth (Is. 65:17-25).
Unlocking Isaiah for the Bible Teacher
This isn't a commentary but a useful resource which will help pastors, small group leaders, and even youth workers communicate a message of grace when speaking from the book of Isaiah. It also provides help in planning and executing particular lessons with background, structure, key points, and application.
Christ and His People in the Book of Isaiah
Rooted in biblical theology, Peterson provides a model for how to preach the Old Testament as Christian Scripture. In their original context, and through their use by New Testament writers, these chapters Peterson examines provide a framework for understanding God's purposes for the world, and the central role of the Messiah in their accomplishment.
Songs of the Servant: Isaiah’s Good News
A masterly survey of the four Christ-anticipating poems known as the "Servant Songs."
Calvin delights to point out the numerous passages that were fulfilled during Christ's earthly ministry, and with anticipation expounds on those yet to be realized. Accordingly he explains Isaiah's emphasis on God's attributes and the prophet's message that salvation is God's chief work.
Isaiah: God Saves Sinners
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.
In this expository commentary, Ortlund argues that Isaiah imparts a unified vision of God throughout all sixty-six chapters. The message, shown thoroughly and thoughtfully, will reignite a passion for God's glory in the hearts of believers and will present that glory clearly and potently to those who have yet to be brought to saving faith.
The Message of Isaiah
Barry G. Webb
Webb calls Isaiah the "Romans" of the Old Testament, where all the threads come together and the big picture of God's purposes for his people and for his world are most clearly set forth. Attuned to the magnificent literary architecture of Isaiah, Webb escorts us through this prophecy and trains our ears and hearts to resonate with its great biblical-theological themes.
The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 1-39
John N. Oswalt
A detailed, scholarly, evangelical two-volume commentary on Isaiah. In addition to an extensive introduction and bibliography, Oswalt offers detailed, verse-by-verse commentary. Although a Hebrew background would maximize its usefulness, the majority of the commentary will be useful to studious laypeople as well.
The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction and Commentary
Motyer emphasizes the grammatical, historical, structural, literary, and theological dimensions of the text. Preachers, teachers and serious Bible students of all types will find this commentary a wise, winsome and welcome guide to the prophecy of Isaiah.