Isaiah 1:1 tells us that this prophet prophesied “in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah”. His call to ministry came about 740 BC – “in the year that King Uzziah died” (Isaiah 6:1). He lived at least until 681 BC, as he writes of the death of Sennacherib in Isaiah 37:37-38.
Isaiah 11 is a very short, but very important chapter in the message of God’s plan for salvation. Isaiah opens the chapter right away in verse 1 with the promise of the coming of the Messiah. The reference to being from the “stump of Jesse” – a greater David is prophesied (Ezekiel 37:24-25), a better king to serve (Hosea 3:5). Much imagery and evocative language follows, stressing that nothing will stand in the way of God’s plan (see verses 11-16). Paul refers to these verses, speaking about Jesus in Romans 15:8-13 – saying that “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.”
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