- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Isaiah 1
The book of Isaiah is prophet recording the vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem during the reign of King Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah in time between 742- 537 BC. By the contents of message, the book of Isaiah is designated into first Isaiah (1-39), second Isaiah (40-55), and third Isaiah (56-66). The first Isaiah is the prophet before the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylonia. The second Isaiah is the prophets during exile to Babylonia. And the third Isaiah is the prophet after returning from exile. The book of Isaiah is quoted in the New Testament more often than any other book of the Old Testament, 46 times in the Gospels, 30 times in Apostle Paul’s letters, and 30 or more times in the book of Revelation.
Christian church read the book of Isaiah as the prophet of the promise of God.
Chapter 1 records the vision of Isaiah in specific time and reign of kings characterizes the whole book. Oracle is a form of prophets concerning God’s judgement against people, nations for their rebellion, unfaithfulness. Divine oracle, however, always include God’s love and promises to save God’s people, which is common message in all oracles. Isaiah envisioned God’s oracle, warning, punishment as discipline for God’s people to be the light of God for the world.
It is important when we read the book of Isaiah to see, “what is God’s promise, how is it expressed, and what does God want us to respond to it.”
“What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
“What do you see more about God, between judgmental and punishing and loving and graceful, and merciful?
“How do you live out the message you received today?