Israel’s Christian Action Commission

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 58:1–7 Is not this the fast that I choose; to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke. (v. 6) If a person were looking for a Bible text to support the work of the Christian Action Commission he could hardly do better than to use Isaiah 58. But from the disinterested reaction that Israel gave to Isaiah’s message, he might find little hope that the formal, doctrinally sound church of today would …

Let God Do the Planning

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 55:6–13 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near. (v. 6) To the practical person of Isaiah’s day the promises of the earlier part of this chapter must have seemed beyond the realm of possibility. To think of great and mighty nations running to Israel—to imagine a day when the God of Israel would be recognized as the one true God—this would sound incredible to a skeptic watching them about …

The Sure Mercies of David

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 55:1–5 Hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant. (v. 3) There are many who remember when God used the message of these verses to bring them to the place of commitment to Christ. In words that express the warmth and sincerity of God’s love he opens wide his arms and calls his wandering children home. He calls those who are trying to “establish their own righteousness” to stop wasting …

The Battle Ends in Victory

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 53:9–12 The will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. (v. 10) In the first of the Servant Songs, that of chapter 42, Isaiah told how the Servant would not fail or be discouraged till he had set judgment in the earth. In the second song, in chapter 49, the Servant expresses the difficulty of his mission. In the third song, in chapter 50, the Servant tells how “he gave [his] back to those who strike, …

He Made Him to Be Sin for Us

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 53:4–8 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (v. 6) It would be difficult to find better words than these of today’s Scripture to express the complete, absolute, final dependence of sinners upon their Savior. As our spokesman, Isaiah confesses the guilt, the shame, the iniquity that marks the lives of “all of us.” But are we ready …

We Didn’t Know Who You Were

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 52:13–53:3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. (53:3) Isaiah 53 contains the fourth and last of the Servant Songs. Three previous Servant Songs—in chapters 42, 49, and 50—speak of the tenderness, sympathy, and understanding of the Servant, of how he was to be a “light to the Gentiles,” and of how his face should be set “like a flint,” since it was the Lord God who was his …