Among the written prophets of ancient Israel, after Moses, Isaiah has
always held first place in the hearts of the teachers. His voice soars
across the ages, the most majestic in Old Testament prophecy. Jesus
quoted him often, and his prophecies of a coming Messiah are especially important for their grandeur and specific content. Every student of the Bible needs to draw deeply from Isaiah.
This Fall ’05 series covered key lessons from the Old Testament. Building on the themes of Deliverance, Mt. Sinai and the Tabernacle,
this episode explores the desert experience of
Israel from the books of Exodus and Numbers.
Hosea (salvation) is one of the most unusual books of the Bible – the story of a young prophet told to marry a beautiful prostitute, who
after the birth of their children is drawn back to her old life. She is
repeatedly unfaithful. It is a story of unrequited love and deep
ingratitude, but it is also a story of a yet more presistent love,
forgiveness and a plea for return (repentance). It is a picture of
God’s enduring love for his own wayward people. These lessons are rich
in spiritual insight and passionate longing for the sinner’s return.