This section begins with the prophet sharing a vision of Israel’s future kingdom under the rule of the Messiah, who we know is Jesus Christ. Then the prophet once again addressed the sin in the land, the idolatry, the immorality and arrogance. This brought the call for accountability and judgment, along with an order to separate from those separated from God by their apostasy, idolatry and arrogance.
Isaiah delivers an indictment against those in Judah who are carefree about outward devotion with inward disobedience. Full of satire and rebuke the message from God is delivered without leaving doubt as to the severity of their twofaced, artificial religion, which essentially rendered God to a status of a mascot. God asks the guilty, “What is the point of religion when the God of that religion is disrespected?” Then comes the offer to resolve this and finally a lamentation over what God’s people could have been but refused to be.
The first recorded sermon of the Lord Jesus was not from Genesis or Psalms, but instead the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah is the most quoted OT prophet in the NT. To summarize an outline of the book we may divided it into three parts: Prophetic, to Israel and Gentile nations, especially Assyria (1–35); Historic, relating to the reign of Hezekiah (36–39); Messianic, especially regarding the deliverance of a remnant in Israel (40–66). As was the manner of the prophets, Isaiah preached required righteousness and redemption for those who failed.
Zedekiah, the last Judean king, heeded not the prophet Jeremiah’s counsel to surrender to Babylon’s king, thereby dooming the people, himself, and Jerusalem. The Babylonians besieged the city, some Jews turned to cannibalism, the king tried to escape and was caught. His sons were killed before his eyes, then his eyes were put out, and he was taken to Babylon and died in prison. The book of Kings ends with the end of the Hebrew kings, the temple, the kingdom and the freedom of the people who were carried away captive.