Isaiah wrestles with the realities of people who are not convicted by the truth but actually hardened by it, and with a God whose actions sometimes seem unintelligible, or even worse, appears to be absent. Yet Isaiah penetrates beyond these experiences to an even greater reality. Isaiah sees God's rule over history and his capacity to take the worst of human actions and use it for good. He declares the truth that even in the darkest hours, the Holy One of Israel is infinitely trustworthy.
Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible - they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The NIV Application Commentary Series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. They explain not only what the Bible means but also how it can speak powerfully today.
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