Studying Isaiah

I’m still reading (well, re-reading) and studying the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. I already finished my preliminary run-through of coloring the verses, and now I’m just going through it again trying to see if I missed anything or can understand the scriptures better. This is the part I really don’t like.

It’s difficult to do a secular study sometimes, because it’s so easy to look beyond the mark. I was reading a commentary book on the Old Testament the other day,¬†and while I was reading, it occurred to me that I was studying the secular history of the people, the promises and the events that were to happen. It kind of bothered me a little bit — not the text, but the discovery of what I was doing. This is a difficult point to make, so I’m going to try and carefully explain it. I believe there is great worth in studying the history, background, and relationships of the history in general surrounding the scriptures, but I do not believe that studying the gospel should be an academic exercise only.

One scripture that can help illustrate my point is Isaiah 6:8. In this chapter, the prophet accounts his calling from the Lord. It reads:

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

I’m finding it hard to think of any real commentary that I can add to that. One thing I like, that commentary author pointed out in his book, is that Isaiah didn’t know or ask what it was the Lord wanted him to go and do … and it didn’t matter to him. He volunteered, and asked the Lord to put him to use. I can testify that when we ask the Lord to use us in His service, He will.

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