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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

The Written Prophecy of Isaiah

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
I.  Introduction.
    A.  The man.
        1.  This son of Amoz was born in Jerusalem about 760 B.C.
        2.  Ministry began about 740 B.C.
            a.  Preached 40 years in his native city.
            b.  He was a young noble who had access to the court.
            c.  He was married about 734 B.C.
            d.  He had two sons.
        3.  He had the finest education available.
    B.  The background.
        1.  Jeroboam II was king in Israel.
        2.  Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings in Judah.
            a.  Assyria defeated Syria and Israel and become a world 
            b.  Judah was invaded by the Assyrian king, Sennacherib, but 
                was saved by divine intervention -- 185,000 Assyrians died 
                in one night.
            c.  Babylon was beginning to develop.
            d.  Romulus and Remus were alive in Rome, which was 
                founded in 753 B.C.
       3.   Baal and Moloch were worshipped in Jerusalem.
            a.  There was no religious depth.
            b.  The moral fiber was gone.
II.  The Book.
     A.  Rebukes, promises, and prophecies of judgment on Judah, 
         Israel and some foreign nations (1:1 to 39:8).
         1.  Spiritual condition of Judah (1:1-31).
             a.  Sin-sickness and rejection of nation (1:2-17).
             b.  An appeal to reconsider (1:18-20).
             c.  Evil conditions again stated (1:21-23).
             d.  Offer of grace or condemnation (1:24-31).
         2.  Messiah promised and Judah further rebuked (2:1-22).
             a.  A brief prophecy of a King Redeemer (2:1-4).
             b.  A plea to abandon idolatry (2:5-11).
             c.  A coming judgment of destruction because of the glory of 
                 Jehovah's majesty (2:12-22).
         3.  Oppression of rulers and wickedness of women (3:1-26).
             a.  Elders have allowed the evil (3:1-15).
             b.  The perverse women of Judah (3:16-4:1).
         4.  A coming day of restoration (4:2-6).
         5.  Corrupt conditions in Judah in Isaiah's time (5:1-30).
             a.  Parable of Jehovah's vineyard (5:1-7).
             b.  Woes pronounced (5:8-30).
         6.  The commission of Isaiah (6:1-13).
         7.  Rezin, Pekah and Immanuel (7:1-25).
             a.  Alliance of Syria and Israel (7:1-2).
             b.  Ahaz not to fear Syria and Israel (7:3-9).
             c.  The sign and the virgin born Immanuel (7:10-17).
             d.  Coming destruction of Judah (7:18-25).
         8.  Assyria to afflict Judah (8:1-22).
             a.  The sign of Isaiah's son (8:1-4).
             b.  Assyria will distress Judah (8:4-8).
             c.  Isaiah's confidence (8:9-17).
             d.  Assyria will not utterly destroy Judah (8:18-25).
         9.  The coming Prince of Peace (9:1-7).
        10.  Judgment on Israel for her hypocrisy (9:8-21).
        11.  Assyria's victories and defeat (10:1-34).
             a.  Assyria will humiliate Israel (10:1-4).
             b.  Assyria will be punished in her turn (10:5-19).
             c.  A remnant of Israel will return (10:20-34).
        12.  Messiah's kingdom will bring peace to all nations (11:1 to 
        13.  The burden (prophecy of destruction) upon the nations 
             (13:1 to 23:18).
             a.  The burden of Babylon (13:1-22).
                 (1)  The return of God's people (14:1-3).
                 (2)  The doom of Babylon (14:4-28).
              b.  The burden of Philistia (14:29-43).
              c.  The burden of Moab (15:1-16:14).
              d.  The burden of Damascus (Syria) (17:1-14).
              e.  The homage of Ethiopia (18:1-7).
              f.  The burden of Egypt (19:1-20:6).
              g.  The burden of the wilderness of the sea (Babylon) 
              h.  The burden of Dumah (Edom) (21:11-12).
              i.  The burden of Arabia (21:13-17).
              j.  The burden of Jerusalem (22:1-25).
              k.  The burden of Tyre (23:1-18).
        14.  God's judgments on the world (24:1-23).
        15.  Praise for Jehovah's kingdom and favor (25:1-12).
             a.  Thanksgiving for deliverance (25:1-5).
             b.  Blessings granted (25:6-8).
             c.  Rejoicing in salvation (25:8-12).
        16.  A song of thanksgiving for the goodness of Jehovah 
             a.  Jehovah will protect and watch over his people (16:1-10).
             b.  The people shall be restored to divine favor (26:16 to 
        17.  Renewed denouncement of Israel and Judah (28:1-29).
             a.  A warning to Samaria (Ephraim) (28:1-4).
             b.  An offer of mercy to Judah (28:5-6).
             c.  The sinfulness of Judah (28:7-13).
             d.  Leaders and priests condemned (28:14-22).
             e.  A parable of planting and reaping (28:23-29).
        18.  Warnings and promises to Jerusalem (29:1-24).
        19.  Folly of reliance on Egypt; a renewal of promises; 
             destruction of Assyria (30:1-33).
        20.  Not Egypt, but Jehovah can help; Jehovah, not Egypt, will 
             discomfit Assyria (31:1-9).
        21.  The righteous King (32:1-8).
        22.  Denunciations of Israel joined with promises (32:9-20).
        23.  God's judgments against Assyria; the privileges of the godly 
        24.  Vengeance against the enemies of Jehovah (34:1-17).
        25.  The flourishing state of those who fear and obey Jehovah 
    B.  Events in the reign of Hezekiah (36:1 -  39:8).
        1.  Assyria, under Sennacherib, invades Judah; Jehovah delivers 
            Judah and destroys 185,000 Assyrian soldiers (36:1 - 
        2.  The sickness and recovery of Hezekiah (38:1-8).
        3.  Hezekiah's song of thanksgiving (38:9-22).
        4.  Hezekiah shows all his treasure to visitors from Babylon 
        5.  Isaiah prophesied Babylonian captivity (39:3-8).
    C.  Judah and Israel consoled by promises of restoration (40:1 - 
        1.  Tender words of consolation to people under affliction 
        2.  The grandeur and goodness of Jehovah (40:12-30).
        3.  The contest between Jehovah and Idols (41:1 - 48:22).
            a.  The nations are addressed (41:1-7).
            b.  Israel is addressed (41:8-20).
            c.  The Idols are challenged to show what they can do 
            d.  Jehovah's ideal servant (42:1-9).
            e.  A song of praise to Jehovah (42:10-17).
            f.  Israel is blind and deaf and destined to be punished 
            g.  Israel is promised deliverance and protection (43:1-7).
            h.  Israel and the nations challenged (43:8-13).
            i.  Jehovah will redeem his people (43:14-21).
            j.  Israel rejects God's offer of mercy (43:22-18).
            k.  The shame and folly of idolatry (44:1-20).
            l.  Jehovah forgives and redeems his people -- Cyrus is named 
                as the deliverer (44:21 to 45:7).
            m.  Jehovah's purpose in creation -- unto me every knee shall 
                bow (45:8-25).
            n.  The gods of Babylon versus Israel's God (46:1-13).
            o.  Jehovah will punish Babylon (47:1-15).
            p.  Assurance of deliverance (48:1-22)
        4.  The suffering Servant and the glory of Zion (49:1 - 57:21).
            a.  The Servant of Jehovah and Israel (49:1-26).
            b.  The suffering Servant as a prophet of God (50:1-11).
            c.  Words of cheer to prostrate Zion (51:1-23).
            d.  Encouragement for prostrate Zion (52:1-12).
            e.  Victory through the Servant's suffering (52:13 - 53:12).
            f.  The future splendor of Zion (54:1-17).
            g.  Jehovah's gracious invitation of free mercy (55:13).
            h.  The rejected consoled -- the watchmen blind (56:1 - 
            i.  A rebuke of the people's idolatry (57:3-21).
        5.  Sins of Israel and Judah (58:1 - 59:21).
            a.  Good and evil observance of fasts and sabbaths (58:1-14).
            b.  National confession of wickedness (59:1-21).
        6.  Redemption and restoration (60:1 - 66:24).
            a.  Glorified Zion (60:1-22).
            b.  Rapture of the distressed (61:1-11).
            c.  Zion's glory and her new name (62:1-12).
            d.  Jehovah's vengeance and a prayer for mercy (63:1-19).
            e.  A prayer for present mercy and help (64:1-12).
            f.  God's answer to the prayer (65:1-25).
            g.  Jehovah's judgments and Zion's happiness (66:1-24).

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email:
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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