Isaiah’s ministry began towards the end of King Uzziah’s reign. Judah’s power had declined to its lowest depth at the time prior to Uzziah. After the war in Israel, the walls of Jerusalem were broken with great breaches and the city was held defenseless by the hands of its conqueror, Joash. Uzziah completely reversed the situation during his reign. At its close, Judah held the same position as Israel did under its former reign surpassing it in might and glory. Jotham succeeded his father Uzziah and his reign was prosperous until the end. It was a continuation of Uzziah’s religious and political reign. Politically, Jotham’s arm extended even unto Ammon as the Ammonites paid tribute to him.
It was during the reign of Ahaz that Isaiah gave the most of his fatal prophecies. These were the circumstances when Hezekiah ascended to the throne. He didn’t choose any of the political combinations available to him; he turned to God. This policy became his religion. At a later time, he was tempted to deviate from this policy and it almost proved fatal to him.
Isaiah’s purpose was to show that even though Judah had a form of godliness, it was morally, religiously, and politically corrupt. He asks them to turn back to God or else be driven from the land. Even though the Jews are dispersed, the nation has a glorious future with the Messiah’s coming and the blessing that will be bestowed upon the Gentiles.
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