The Birth of the Church

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 66:6–14 Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream. (v. 12) We have adopted a line of interpretation that sees the closing verses of Isaiah’s prophecy not as descriptive of a conflict to take place upon the return from the exile, but rather as a prophecy of the change in dispensation from the Old to the New. What is especially highlighted today is the suddenness …

Where Does God Dwell?

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 66:1–5 But this is the one to whom I will look; he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. (v. 2) The verses we have been reading these past few days have been looking forward to the great change from the Old Testament to the New. But in the new order of things that the Lord will institute what will be the place of the old center of worship, the temple? And …

Could We Be Lost?

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 65:8–16 I will bring forth offspring from Jacob, and from Judah possessors of my mountains; my chosen shall possess it. (v. 9) When we read the Bible we have a way of identifying with the good people. The objects of God’s wrath are always the other folks. Wouldn’t it be a sobering experience for us to ask ourselves, “Is the Lord speaking to us in these words of warning, or is he always speaking to somebody else?” …

Liberty

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 61:1–7 He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives. (v. 1) Many a preacher is expert at diagnosing the sicknesses of our world. Unfortunately, not as many are able to prescribe the remedy. Although Isaiah has described and condemned Israel’s sins in unsparing language, he faithfully gives the remedy for the misery that is a consequence of sin. It takes somebody bigger than you and I to do the job. …

You’ll Never Believe It

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 60:1–9 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. (v. 1) The words of this prophecy were almost too good to believe. To think that peoples in far-off Europe, Asia, and Africa would come to Israel for light, that the brightness of her rising would attract kings and rulers—this sounded incredible. Today we take it for granted, but think of how it must have sounded in those days. …

We Are All to Blame

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 59:1–15a For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us. (v. 12) Today we read of “misery compounded.” For a people whose hands were defiled with blood, whose fingers were covered with iniquity, whose feet ran to evil and who made haste to shed innocent blood, there was no blessing, but only separation from God. But note how beautifully the prophet Isaiah identifies himself with the miseries and sins of his people. Like …