Chapter 25 – Old Testament Stories Story No. 25 of 28(Isaiah 6:1-7:15)
Isaiah lived in Jerusalem in the 8th century BC. He wrote the Book of Isaiah, possibly in two parts with a 15yr interval between them. He was married to a “Prophetess” (Isaiah 8:3) and had two sons, Shear-jashub and Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.
One day, God spoke to Isaiah in a vision while he prayed in the temple. God was seated on an elevated throne with the hem of his cloak filling the temple. Seraphs stood over him singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory”. (Isaiah 6:3) Their voices shook the temple door-frames and the temple was filled with smoke. One of the Seraphs then took a hot coal from the altar, flew towards Isaiah and touched his mouth with it saying, “Your evil is removed; your sin is forgiven”. (Isaiah 6:7) Isaiah then heard the voice of God saying, “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah answered, “Here I am, send me”. (Isaiah 6:8)
The kings who listened to God through Isaiah were rewarded although, there were few! King Hezekiah listened when the king of Assyria planned to attack him. Through Isaiah, God told him, “Don’t be afraid… I will cut him down with a sword in his own land”. (Isaiah 37:6-7) Later, “The Lord’s messenger went out and killed 185,000 troops in the Assyrian camp” and the king was killed “by sword,” by his own sons. (Isaiah 37:36,38)
The writings of Isaiah are filled with his prophecies, many of which related to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, but one has yet to be fulfilled!
Fifteen of Isaiah’s Messianic Prophecies Plus ONE:
1. Prophecy: Messiah would be preceded by a forerunner. (Isaiah 40:3-5)
Answer: The forerunner was John the Baptist, the greatest ever Prophet. He said, “I baptize you with water, but one more powerful than I am is coming…, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”.( Matthew 3:1-3; Mark 1:1-3; Luke 1:76, 3:1-6, 7:27; John 1:22-23)
2. Prophecy: Messiah will be a descendant of the house of David. (Isaiah 9:7; 11:1, 10; 2 Samuel 7:12-16)
Answer: Genealogy of Jesus can be traced to the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Matthew 1:1; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 15:15-16)
3. Prophecy: Messiah will be born of a virgin. (Isaiah 7:14)
Answer: Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-31)
4. Prophecy: The Holy Spirit will rest on Jesus (Isaiah 11:2)
Answer: The Holy Spirit came to rest on Jesus at his baptism (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; 4:1)
5. Prophecy: Jesus will minister beyond the River Jordan and Galilee (Isaiah 9:1,2)
Answer: Jesus’ ministry began in “Galilee of the Gentiles” (Matthew 4:13-16)
6. Prophecy: Jesus will heal the broken-hearted. (Isaiah 61:1-2)
Answer: Jesus stood up in the synagogue in Nazareth, read from Isaiah and announced, “Today this scripture is fulfilled”. (Luke 4:18-19, 21)
7. Prophecy: Jesus will be rejected by his own people. (Isaiah 53:3)
Answer: His own people rejected Him, to the point of crucifying Him. (John 1:11)
8. Prophecy: Jesus will be tried and condemned to death. (Isaiah 53:8)
Answer: Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin and Pilate. Condemned to death and crucified on Calvary. (Matthew 26:59-27:26; Acts 8:32-35)
9. Prophecy: Jesus will be disfigured and no longer look like a man (Isaiah 52:14; 53:2)
Answer: Jesus was scourged by Roman soldiers and crowned with thorns (Mark 15:15-19)
10. Prophecy: Jesus will be silent at his trial. (Isaiah 53:7)
Answer: As the chief priests and Jewish leaders repeatedly accused him, Pilate asked Jesus, “Have you nothing to say?” Jesus remained silent. (Mark 15:3-5)
11. Prophecy: Jesus will be insulted, spat on and beaten by his enemies. (Isaiah 50:6)
Answer: In the Sanhedrin, the high priest tore his clothes, they spat on him struck him with their fists and some slapped Him. (Matthew 26:67)
12. Prophecy: Jesus will, “Take our weaknesses and carry our diseases”. (Isaiah 53:4-5)
Answer: Jesus healed the sick and removed unclean spirits. (Matthew 8:17; Romans 4:25; 5:6-8; 1 Peter 2:24)
13. Prophecy: Jesus will be crucified with criminals. (Isaiah 53:12)
Answer: They crucified two outlaws with Jesus, one on his right and one on his left. (Mark 15:27-28)
14. Prophecy: Jesus will be buried in a rich man’s tomb because he had committed no crimes. (Isaiah 53:9)
Answer: A rich man, Joseph of Arimathea, took his body and placed it in his own new tomb. (Matthew 27:57-60)
15. Prophecy: Jesus would be a light to the Gentiles. (Isaiah 49:6)
Answer: The Apostles established at the Council of Jerusalem that non-Jews (Gentiles) were welcome to join the Christian faith without adhering to most Jewish customs and rituals including circumcision. (Acts 15:1-35)
PLUS 1– Prophecy: Jesus will judge the living and the dead with righteousness. (Isaiah 11:4,5)
Answer: Jesus was granted the authority to judge all humanity. Our judgement day, we now await! (John 5:27; Luke 19:22; 2 Timothy 4:1,8)
St Jerome commented that Isaiah wrote more like he was composing a history of the past than prophesying!
His prophesying was very accurate!
Lord Jesus, grant me the strength to obey your ways, dispel my selfishness and open my heart. Amen.
Prayer:Happy Death – to St Joseph
O Glorious St. Joseph, behold I choose thee today for my special patron in life and at the hour of my death. Preserve and increase in me the spirit of prayer and fervour in the service of God. Remove far from me every kind of sin; obtain for me that my death may not come upon me unawares, but that I may have time to confess my sins sacramentally and to repent with a most perfect understanding and a most sincere and perfect contrition, in order that I may breathe forth my soul into the hands of Jesus and Mary. Amen.
Music Suggestion: I Sing A Hymn…
Listen and reflect… pause and talk.
Pope St Boniface I
On this day in 418, St Boniface was elected Pope.
Pray for the successful intentions of our present Church Leaders. May they bring peace and unity to all Christian faiths.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me. Within your wounds Lord, hide me. Suffer me, not to be separated from you. From the malicious enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me that I may praise you with the Saints and Angels forever and ever. Amen.
♥ Jesus, Thank You ♥
Beatitudes - Read MoreClose
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteous sake, they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Amen.
♥ The Poor Are Always With Us ♥
Divine Praises - Read MoreClose
Blessed be God, Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the name of Jesus. Blessed be his Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be His Most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit the Paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy. Blessed be her Glorious Assumption. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His Angels and Saints.
♥ Blessed Be God Forever ♥
Lord is My Shepherd - Read MoreClose
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in pastures green, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me: Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and kindness will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen.
••• Praying Is Loving •••
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My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. He looks on his servant in her lowliness. Henceforth, all ages will call me blessed. The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him. He puts forth his arm in strength and scatters the proud-hearted. He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly. He fills the starving with good things, sends the rich away empty. He protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy, the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his sons forever. Amen.
♥ The Song Of Mary, To God ♥
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Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession and was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly onto you O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the word incarnate, despise not my petitions but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
♥ Remember Me, Mary ♥
Out of the Depths - Read MoreClose
Out of the depths, I cry to you O Lord. Lord hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If you O Lord, should mark my iniquities, Lord who shall endure it? With you Lord, there is merciful forgiveness. I wait for you Lord, my soul waits, and I hope. My soul waits for the Lord, more than they who watch for tomorrow. Let Israel hope in the Lord, there is mercy and plentiful redemption with Him. He will redeem Israel from all her iniquities. Amen.