Year of the Bible – Isaiah 1:1-4:1

Year of the Bible - Advent Week Two - Isaiah 1




Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. – Isaiah 2:5

Isaiah 1:1-4:1 (2:1-5)

Isaiah invites us to celebrate Advent: Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. (2:5) But beware. The light reveals many things that our human hearts will not want to see—which is why men find solace in darkness. The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manager, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand. (1:3) Isaiah tells us why: Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evil doers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. (1:4) Isaiah prescribes the answer: Hear the word of the Lord . . . Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed . . . Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow . . . if you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land . . . For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah then turned Israel’s attention to the future, to a wonderful day that would serve them well, as the inspiration for endurance in the faith: In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established . . . many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. (ch. 2) What do we do in light of the promise that God will send a Savior? Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Questions – Isaiah 1:1 – 4:1 

  1. What does the light of Truth reveal that we do not want to see?
  2. What prevents men from wanting to walk in the light?
  3. What prescription for healing does Isaiah offer to soul-sick people?
  4. What makes it possible for sins to be washed away, so that we become “white as snow?”
  5. What does that mean?
  6. What predictions did Isaiah make about the darkened world when the Messiah would appear in the last days?
Year of the Bible – Advent Week Two | Wednesday | Isaiah 1:1-4:1 – © John W. Fiene