Study 6 From the Book of Isaiah is: Isaiah 8:16 – 10:4
The prophet will withdraw his disciples, and the elect remnant will thus take shape (8:16-18). The dark days (8:19-22) will end in the coming of a great light, the advent of the Messiah (9:1-7). The remainder of chapter 9 is a prophecy of judgment upon the northern kingdom of Israel. Let Judah then beware (10:1-4)
- When disaster comes, and God seems to have hidden His face. What is man tempted to do(8:19)? Cf. Lv. 19:31; 1Sa. 28:6, 7. What must the child of God do in such a case? What test does Isaiah propose for spiritist teachings?
- Contrast the condition of things under God’s anger (8:21, 22; 9: 8-10:4) with Isaiah’s picture of Messiah’s reign (9:1-7). What do the names given to the coming King in 9:6 reveal of His nature?
Note. 9:1. The anguish of the northern kingdom ‘in the former time’ no doubt refers to Tiglath-Pileser’s invasion mentioned in 2 Ki. 15:29. “The latter time”, though future to the prophet, is described with the past tense of prophetic certainty. For the fulfillment, in part, of the prophecy, see Mt. 4:15, 16.