Character in Context
Episode 53: Isaiah and the Messiah 17–The Everlasting Covenant and Good News for the Outcasts.

Episode 53: Isaiah and the Messiah 17–The Everlasting Covenant and Good News for the Outcasts.

March 27, 2020

We've finally made it to the end of the series! This week there is an exciting bit of context that I have been sitting on for awhile but I finally feel confident about teaching it. Did you know that the word covenant only appears four times in all of Isaiah 40-55? Twice in reference to the servant who is given as a covenant to/for the people, once in the covenant of peace we talked about last week--but this week we have talk of an "everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David."

Join me as I talk about why I believe this is referring not to the Sinai Covenant, which was already eternal because it was blood ratified, but instead to the kingly Davidic covenant, which I believe was made eternal when it was blood ratified at the Cross.

Episode 52: Isaiah and the Messiah 16–The Third Zion Song–Rejoice! Your Husband Reigns!

Episode 52: Isaiah and the Messiah 16–The Third Zion Song–Rejoice! Your Husband Reigns!

March 20, 2020

This chapter looks rather odd when it isn't taught as the (almost) grand finale to Isaiah 40-55 but when taught in context, it is a real tear-jerker. We are invited into the joy and relief of a desperate woman who has been deserted, scorned and bereft as her husband returns for her and restores her to his side. What a love story!

We'll also be talking about another "manufactured controversy" about the word ba'al--because that is what Yahweh calls Himself here. Uh oh...

Episode 51: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 15–The Suffering Servant Song

Episode 51: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 15–The Suffering Servant Song

March 13, 2020

Yes! In my opinion (which is rarely humble), Isaiah 52:13-53:13 is the most important material in all of the Hebrew Scriptures. Finally, God's plan for the promised end to the relational estrangement between not only God and Israel but also God and the nations will be revealed and the shocking mission of the Servant, the Messiah, revealed.

The teaching I made reference to in the broadcast is Ryan White's The Suffering Servant/The Leper Messiah and can be found on his website FaithofMessiah.com and is free all this month to subscribers at the $10/year level.

Episode 50: Isaiah and the Messiah 14—The Good News—Your God Reigns!

Episode 50: Isaiah and the Messiah 14—The Good News—Your God Reigns!

March 6, 2020

This week is very exciting, as we close up the ongoing theme of Yahweh comforting His people and promising them salvation not only from exile but also from the estrangement that exists between them. All of this in preparation for the fourth Servant Song next week—the suffering servant song.

Episode 49: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 13–The Servant Speaks Again!

Episode 49: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 13–The Servant Speaks Again!

February 28, 2020

This week we cover the third Servant Song, where the mysterious Servant of Yahweh further sets himself apart from the nation of Israel and we begin to see the legal persecution of the Servant by the ba’al mishpati. We will also explore the preamble to the second Zion song and its connection to The Great Scroll of Isaiah, 1QIs-a and see how the Qumran community taught it as sort of an extra Servant Song.

Episode 48: Isaiah and the Messiah 12–The First Zion Song (Is 49:14-50:3)

Episode 48: Isaiah and the Messiah 12–The First Zion Song (Is 49:14-50:3)

February 21, 2020

In light of the marvelous deliverance promised in last week's segment, through the work of the Servant, we would think that Jerusalem would respond with joy and song and exultation! We would be wrong.

Episode 47: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 11: The Servant Speaks! The Second Servant Song.

Episode 47: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 11: The Servant Speaks! The Second Servant Song.

February 14, 2020

The first Servant Song, Is 42:1-9, was fairly vague when it comes to identifying the Servant and His mission, but this week we will be going through the second song verse by verse. The Servant, in the first half, speaks about Himself and what He has been commissioned to do. Then Yahweh responds to the Servant and the earth rejoices.

Episode 46: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 10: Shema Israel–No Peace For The Wicked

Episode 46: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 10: Shema Israel–No Peace For The Wicked

February 7, 2020

Isaiah 48 is very much a downer. Israel is repeatedly confronted with the word "shema" which means to both hear and obey--and then they are outright told that they have never heard and never obeyed. Yahweh delivers a very potent warning for those exilic Jews who are going to refuse to leave Babylon when Cyrus sets them free, and it's really easy to point our fingers and shake our heads but--how are we, all of us, still comfortably residing in Babylon when we have been called to be elsewhere?

Episode 45: Isaiah and the Messiah 9: Babylon the Virgin Queen

Episode 45: Isaiah and the Messiah 9: Babylon the Virgin Queen

January 31, 2020

For those who are Revelation focused, it comes as quite the shock to hear Yahweh call Babylon a vulnerable virgin in Isaiah 47--repeatedly. But then, our view of Babylon has been much confused by some propagandistic fictional writings of the 19th and 20th centuries that were accepted at face value without any sort of comparison with what we know either Biblically or archaeologically. Believe me, the truth about Babylon is important because it changes how certain passages are understood and seriously effects how we should react to how they are thrown around now, often entirely out of context.

Episode 44: When The Miracle We Pray For Doesn’t Happen…

Episode 44: When The Miracle We Pray For Doesn’t Happen…

January 24, 2020

I recorded this broadcast four days after the shocking death of Yael Good, the daughter of my beloved friends, Joe and Debbie Good. In the wake of a senseless tragedy, and especially when the throne of God is being bombarded day and night with prayers from countless thousands all over the world, we sometimes feel betrayed, disappointed, bewildered, and even embarrassed. I came up with seven difficult questions and I answered them to the best of my ability. Sometimes, there just are no answers, but that doesn't make the questions wrong. Questions are never wrong.

For those wanting to donate to Yael's funeral and medical fund www.yaelgood.com