One of the greatest things you can do as you read through a book of the Bible is to reorient yourself on the big picture point of the book as a whole. The ESV Study Bible is a great resource to accomplish this. Here’s what the ESV Study Bible says is the main theme of Isaiah:
“The central theme of the book is God himself, who does all things for his own sake (48:11). Isaiah defines everything else by its relation to God, whether it is rightly adjusted to him as the gloriously central figure in all of reality (45:22–25).”
So, how does our chapter relate to the main theme of the book?
The name and reputation of God are at stake. The name of God is being mocked and Isaiah is called upon to pray to appease the wrath of God and change the hearts of those who are mocking.
We also see the example of Hezekiah who comes before the Lord, pleading with God to save them from the hands of the Assyrians for the sake of the name of the Lord, and so that many will know who is truly God.
How does this affect us? Our daily lives should show the world that there God is real and active. If our lives are no different from the people around who don’t know God, what does that say about the God who has saved us? Our lives are to be lived for the glory of God and as a reflection of the gospel that has saved us.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate