The Calling Of Isaiah Essay

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The Calling of the Prophet Isaiah, Chapter 6:1-13      The prophet Isaiah lived during a very troublesome era during the years 742-701B.C.E. He preached during the reigns of four kings of Judah: Uzziah (783-742), Jotham (742-735), Ahaz (735-715), and Hezekiah (715-687). Judah faced many challenges and crises throughout those years primarily at the hands of the Assyrian Empire. Isaih interpreted the events as part of the Lord's will, and he encourages the people to trust in the Lord rather than relying on political alliances.      Isaiah is thought to be one of the greatest poets of the Bible, and his book a classic of the Hebrew language. His writing has a very concise style, effective…show more content…
     The narrative opens with 'In the year that King Uzziah died';, which gives a chronological indication of when the vision took place. The year in which he died is uncertain but scholars have set it somewhere around the year 74 B.C.E.. Uzziah had been a popular and peaceful ruler, and Issaiah's reaction to his death can be compared to the shock and disorientation which Americans felt when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The people wondered what would happen to Israel now? What will be the fate of the nation? It was with worries like these that Isaiah experienced his vision of the divine king, the Lord, in the holy temple of Jerusalem (Holladay, p.26).      In the vision Isaiah saw God 'sitting upon a throne';. This means that he viewed God as a functioning king full of authority and power. With the death of their king, the nation of Israel was vulnerable to attack by outside violent nations such as Assyria, which could bring the people to a panic. But through Isaiah's visions, if convincing and conclusive, then the people could see that the king of Assyria isn't the strongest figure in the universe, God is. It was this simple belief that would rule Isaiah's life for forty years or more (Holladay, p.29).

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