Isaiah Essay

1197 words - 5 pages

Spring 2005
Book review Mission in the Old Testament


Bibliographical Data: Kaiser, Walter C. Jr. Mission in the Old Testament – Israel as a Light to the Nations. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI. January 2004.
Information about the Author: “Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. is president and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.” He has a Doctorate. He is also the author or coauthor of several books. He is a strong advocate for Christians making God’s missionary purpose a central theme in their lives. “Missions cannot be an afterthought for the Old Testament: it is the heart and core of the plan of God” (38). Walter desires for the church, to not only participate in blessing to the greatest of ability, but also to receive the supreme blessings the Lord has to offer us.
Purpose of the Author: “God’s eternal plan was to provide salvation for all peoples; it was never intended to be reserved for one special group, such as the Jews, even as an initial offer! It is the history of this offer and the way it was carried out in Old Testament times that will form the heart of our study here” (10). Through this book Kaiser wants his reader to understand the correlation or the connecting point between the Old Testament and New Testament pertaining to missions. Kaiser wants the reader to understand that Genesis is the beginning for the call of missions, not the New Testament. He yearns for the reader to reflect on what he has to say and not only share his burden, but act on it. Kaiser’s main purpose and focus is to fully define, expound, and elucidate the Old Testament mission in a way that his readers’ could have a better understanding. “Mission points to a central action: the act of being sent with a commission to carry out the will of a superior. It is God who commissions and God who sends” (11). “Israel was to be God’s missionaries to the world-and thereby so are all who believe in this same gospel” (20). Kaiser puts things into simple terms and charges us or challenges all of us “ Who will go?”
Plan of the book: Walter Kaiser’s main theme or plan, if you will, of the book is to refute the notion that the theme of missions inaugurated with the Great commission, but instead missions is a main theme throughout the Bible’s entirety. “ Thus this theme of a mission to the whole world forms one giant envelope framing the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation” (7). Kaiser begins with displaying or focusing on the purpose of the Old Testament, then continues to reveal the correlation between the Old Testament and the New, and concludes with the charge to God’s people.
Summary of the Book: From beginning to end The Mission in the Old Testament analyzes, explains, and brings forth the will of God and purpose for missions in the Old Testament. Kaiser accomplishes this by bestowing a profundity analysis displaying the charges and blessings that his servants received. Throughout...

Find Another Essay On Isaiah

Everlasting Covenant: Isaiah 24: 1-5 Essay

1956 words - 8 pages Everlasting Covenant – Isaiah 24: 1-5 God does not enter into any relationship without entering into a covenant. A covenant must consist of a relationship between humankind and God; and, it is eternal, which is why it is called an everlasting covenant. The everlasting covenant can only be broken if man fails to maintain an intimate and personal relationship with God or chooses separation from God through sin, as was the case with Israel

Who Is The Servant In Isaiah?

1800 words - 7 pages The book of Isaiah is full of many prophecies that have puzzled the minds of religions, today. Some of the most sought-out and determining views of faiths are being argued over some statements made in the book of Isaiah, as well. In this essay, the question of who the servant is in Isaiah is addressed. In this essay, it will be argued that Israel is the determined servant in Isaiah, not Jesus or Jacob or any other individual/nation. The

Old Testament Exegetical Paper ? Isaiah 62

1686 words - 7 pages The prophet Isaiah lived in the Southern Kingdom of Judah in the 3rd century B.C. He had a reputation as an uncompromising prophet who did not soften his words of condemnation and urge to make changes (Stafford 616). The nation of Judah stood in a precarious position: the wickedness of the people, the civil war which divided the Israelites into two kingdoms of Judah and Israel, the neighboring countries which stood by, threatening war and the

Exegesis Paper On Isaiah 58:6-14

1744 words - 7 pages Isaiah 58:6-14 is a very powerful passage. The first bible version that I read it in was the King James Version. That version didn't really make very much sense to me because of all the "thou's" and "thee's" and "thines". So then I looked it up again in the New Revised Standard Version. It was a lot clearer when I looked it up in that bible. There are a few similarities and differences from the different versions that I read. The two that

Isaiah Berlin’s Two Concepts of Liberty

796 words - 3 pages Isaiah Berlin’s Two Concepts of Liberty In his article "Two Concepts of Liberty", Isaiah Berlin identifies and contrasts the two components of freedom: negative and positive liberty. While the author’s voice is often confused amidst the frequent references to other political philosophies from Platonic to Millian theories, Berlin successfully argues that both of these notions can be misconstrued to the point where liberty itself is

Isaiah: A Prophet For The Ages (Old Testament)

3017 words - 12 pages Isaiah: A Prophet For The AgesBy DWTWritten nearly 3,000 years ago, the book of Isaiah is the cornerstone of the Old Testament. It is the longest prophetic book in the Bible and contains numerous prophecies about the coming of the Messiah. According to Jay P. Green's Literal Translation p.976, the following verses of Isaiah are quoted or alluded to in the New Testament relating to Jesus: Isa 6:9,10 (Mt 13:14; Mk 4:12; Lk 8:10), Isa 9:14,15 (Mt

Sir Isaiah Berlin's Analysis of Freedom in Two Concepts of Liberty

2667 words - 11 pages Sir Isaiah Berlin's Analysis of Freedom in Two Concepts of Liberty Sir Isaiah Berlin is the author of one of the most important works on political philosophy written in the twentieth century - 'Two Concepts of Liberty'. In the essay, he distinguishes between two types of liberty. Negative liberty is simply being left alone to do whatever one wants to do, to be able to act and achieve without interference from other

The Books of Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon and Isaiah- My verse-by-verse criticism and personal commentary.

3607 words - 14 pages a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters. I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its branches. Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine ....viii.10: The author (presumably a woman) states that her breasts are like towers. Unfortunately, this isn't considered a suitable subject to show in illustrated versions of the Bible.ISAIAHThis book was not written by Isaiah at all but is rather a collection of oracles extending

Yahweh: The Powerful, Soverseign Being God

919 words - 4 pages Since the beginning of time, Yahweh has been illustrated as a powerful, sovereign being, and as the creator of good and evil. This characterization of God is presented through a methodological analysis of the three worlds- world behind the text, world in front of the text, and world of the text- in Isaiah 6 and 1 Kings 22. The world behind the text is the era of Ahab's ruling. The king of Aram and Ahab, the king of Israel created a treaty

Salvation in the Old Testament

998 words - 4 pages always involves some sort of end to the world. Nevertheless, there is an astounding amount of room for variation within apocalyptic texts. The Old Testament apocalyptic prophets Joel, Isaiah, and Ezekiel all offer different answers to the questions surrounding salvation at the end of the world, with their answers reflecting different worldviews and even different perceptions of the same God. The prophet Joel believed that everyone would have

The Ruole of Cyrus the Great in Israel's Developing Understanding of God


Similar Essays

The Calling Of Isaiah Essay

1961 words - 8 pages The Calling of the Prophet Isaiah, Chapter 6:1-13 The prophet Isaiah lived during a very troublesome era during the years 742-701B.C.E. He preached during the reigns of four kings of Judah: Uzziah (783-742), Jotham (742-735), Ahaz (735-715), and Hezekiah (715-687). Judah faced many challenges and crises throughout those years primarily at the hands of the Assyrian Empire. Isaih interpreted the events as part of the Lord's will, and he encourages

Analysis Of Losing Isaiah

1481 words - 6 pages Support is defined as a means to endure bravely or quietly (Merriam-Webster). In Losing Isaiah, Khaila, a recovered crack addict, serves some time incarcerated. She then goes through a rehabilitation program, during which her main source of support was her case worker and counselor. In the process of fully recovering from crack she discovers that her baby, Isaiah, is still alive. With the help of her counselor and a lawyer she is

Isaiah 10:1 6 The Hebrews Prophets: Isaiah & Amos

798 words - 3 pages Isaiah 10:1-6 THE HEBREWS PROPHETS: Isaiah & Amos"Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees , to deprivethe poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people. Makingwidows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of the reckoning,when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Nothing will remain but to cringe

Historical Context Of Isaiah 53 Essay

1427 words - 6 pages Isaiah 1:1 states, “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah” This verse is an indication that Isaiah’s ministry began with the reign of Uzziah, King of Judah and culminated with the reign of King Hezekiah. Hence, as Isaiah was prophesying to Judah, the southern kingdom during the reign of these four kings, Hosea and Amos were prophesying to