through His Word
Isaiah: Setting Things Right has recently become available as an e-book. To celebrate that mile marker, I'm going to post some excerpts. The first is about God's "paintbrush" and "canvas."
Isaiah 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem … (NKJV)
"A skillful painter knows how to transfer the vision in his mind to the blank canvas. The instrument that God used to put His 'vision' on paper, or parchment, was not a brush, but a man named Isaiah, the son of Amoz. Isaiah 'saw with the eyes of his mind'1 the things that God communicated to him, and he recorded them in the sixty-six chapters of his book. ...
His ministry began in the mid 700s BC, and lasted for more than fifty years. Any date ending with 'BC' might sound like caveman days to us, but civilizations had been rising and falling for a long time by 750 BC (let’s use that date as a reference point). Some of the Egyptian pyramids were close to 2000 years old. The Olympic Games had begun twenty-six years earlier, and Rome, the 'Eternal City,' was three years young. The Greek poet Homer was writing his timeless classics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. ...
What may seem like a long time ago to us was the perfect time in history for God’s purposes. He used the real-life events and practices of the people of Isaiah’s day to illustrate spiritual principles that are still vital to our lives today. The masterpiece paintings of the past speak to us with their vibrancy, timelessness, and subject matter. So does the masterpiece that Isaiah recorded and proclaimed."
- Isaiah: Setting Things Right, paperback p.9
1 Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, quoted in Phil Lindner, Power Bible CD, CD-ROM (Bronson, Mich.: Online Publishing, Inc., 2007), Isaiah 1:1.
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