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The Prophet Isaiah

The Prophet Isaiah

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Isaiah's Message

As has been mentioned, Isaiah, the son of Amoz, was a member of the royal family. He made his first public appearance as the Divinely inspired prophet in the year of Uzziah's affliction with leprosy, and he ministered to the people for about ninety years, during the reigns of kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.

Isaiah had seen the growth of a new empire, Assyria, and the fall of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Judea alone remained, and it was the last bulwark of the true faith in One G‑d. Isaiah brought to king and people the message of the holiness of G‑d, the L-rd of hosts, at a time when idolatry seemed to be taking hold in the land of Judah. He preached justice and charity at a time when the morals of the people had reached a new low. Of his Divine call Isaiah tells as follows;

"In the year of King Uzziah's death (meaning, when he was stricken with leprosy and was isolated), I saw the L-rd sitting upon a high and exalted throne, and his train filled the Temple. Seraphim were standing around him. Each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two did he fly. And one called unto the other, and said: 'Holy, Holy, Holy is the L-rd of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.' And the posts of the threshold shook at the voices of those that called aloud, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: 'Woe is me, for I am lost, because a man of unclean lips am I, and in the midst of people of unclean lips do I dwell; for the King, the L-rd of Hosts, have mine eyes seen.' Then flew one of the Seraphim to me, and in his hand was a live coal he had taken from the altar with the tongs. And he laid it upon my mouth and said; 'Lo, this has touched thy lips, and thy iniquity is departed and thy sin is forgiven!'

"And I heard the voice of G‑d, saying: 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' And I said: 'Here am I; send me.' And He replied: 'Go, say unto this people; Ye hear indeed, but understand not; ye see indeed, but know not. Made obstinate is the heart of this people; their ears are heavy and their eyes shut; or else their eyes would see, their ears hear, and their hearts be understanding, in order that they repent and be healed.' And I said: 'How long, oh L-rd?' And He replied: 'Until cities be left waste without inhabitants, and houses without men, and the land be made desolate as a wilderness. Till G‑d will have removed the men far away, and there will be great desolation in the midst of the land. And should a tenth part thereof remain, it will again be swept away. Yet like the terebinth and oak, which when felled, retain their roots and stem, so remains the stem of their holy seed.'"

Isaiah's mission was not only to admonish the people to keep them on the right path. He also instilled fervent faith in G‑d in the hearts of his flock, and he brought them courage and fortitude at a time when they were suffering mortal fear from the threat of the new Assyrian Empire. Isaiah also described in glowing terms the future glory of Zion, which inspires our people to the present day.1

Footnotes
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It is noteworthy that the Haftorahs (readings from the books of the Prophets) during the 'Seven Sabbaths of Consolation,' which follow the sad period of the 'Three Weeks,' are taken from the prophet Isaiah.

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jean April 11, 2016

What was the name of Isaiah's wife? Reply

yonatan Singson India August 3, 2015

Wat was Amos father's name!? Reply

shelia benton north carolina July 23, 2015

My brother started school late because he had heart problems. My mother was in the bus station taking him to duke hospital when she was approached by a woman. The woman said I see you have a sick child. She proceeded to lay hands on him and pray. My mother had to drop him off and leave him because we were to poor to afford a hotel room and there were no Ronald McDonald houses at the time. When she went back to pick him up she did not know him. All of the swelling was gone and he was completely healed. He is now 60 years old and have never had any heart problems after she picked him up from duke. Miracles are still happening today. God sent his angel to my mother. Reply

Deborah Mississippi July 13, 2015

How did he die ??? Reply

Dovber Brooklyn June 21, 2015

I was taught that Isaiah was from the royal family because his father Amoz was the brother of King Amaziah.

He was also from the royal family by marriage, because his daughter married King Hezekiah (an uncle is allowed to marry his niece according to the Torah)

He was killed by his own grandson King Manasseh (the son of Hezekiah) who accused him of being a false prophet (a common excuse for executing prophets) Reply

Anonymous March 2, 2015

Are Isaiah's prophesies about our day? Reply

Anonymous sullivan il 61951 January 28, 2015

how did Isaiah the prophet die? Reply

Marce Rios October 5, 2014

Approximately in what years was Isaiah's ministry Reply

Harvey Nadel Florida February 8, 2013

Why was this chapter left out of the Haftorah's regarding Isaiah. Reply

Anonymous January 26, 2013

I recently read in one commentary that Isaiah may have been related to King Manasseh. Where can I find proof of this? Or as questioned previously - was he related to Uzziah? Reply

Bongani Swaziland January 13, 2013

where can I get a proof in the bible that Isaiah was King Uzziah cousing? A proud cousin for that matter. Reply

William Carter Mobile, a September 25, 2012

Is ther proof of Isaiah's royal family? Reply

Andrew Denver, CO USA September 8, 2012

The reason that the vowels in God and Lord are ommited in the text is due to the keeping of the old ways of Judaism, the name of the Lord was not to be read by or spoken to any but the high priests/rabbis of the temples. Reply

Yvette Gonzalez Dones Winter Park, Fl/seminole April 24, 2012

You explain or better yet told us the story of Isaiah but as you are telling it you have omitted some letters. Well let me give you a word of knowledge, God said do-not change not one word or do not dot one I, or cross one T. From where are you quoting Scripture?, or getting your story from. Reply

Anonymous Paris, France February 21, 2012

Why is the 'middle letter' in G-d replaced with a hyphen? Reply

Anonymous Toledo, OH United States November 29, 2011

What was Isaiah's wife's name? How long was Isaiah even alive? When was his birth/ death? Reply

Chuck Lentine Port Charlotte, Florida November 24, 2011

Is there any proof that Isaiah was married at all? I'm not a expert on the topic, I'm just seeking information and trying to help the person that asked the question. Reply

Gershon McGreevy November 7, 2011

Scripture does not tell us the name of Isaiah's wife. Reply

Anonymous killeen, tx November 7, 2011

I would like to learn the name of his wife is possible. Reply

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