Last year in my reflections on Isaiah I wrote that I didn’t know what to expect as I set out to read it. Thankfully, in the intervening time, I’ve become less clueless on the large chunk of Isaiah that we don’t read at Easter and Christmas.
In that vein, I’d like to recommend this series of talks given by John Bell, who is the (white) pastor of a (mostly black) church in Harare. In 5 talks he covers a number of themes in Isaiah including judgment and the messianic kingdom. Here are some teasers for each session to whet your appetite:
- What was the significance that Isaiah saw the Lord in the year of King Uzziah’s death?
- What lessons did Isaiah learn about God, about himself and about God and himself as a result of the vision?
- Why do these two chapters go together?
- Why does God include chapter 11 as a part of scripture?
- How does Isaiah respond to the pictures drawn in chapter 11?
- What is special about this point in the book?
- What do these verses teach us about God?
- What is the ultimate fulfilment of these verses?
- What is the right response to these and similar passages of scripture?
- Who are the singers in this ‘servant song’?
- What are the themes explored in the song?
In the Q&A he gives a brief history of Zimbabwe and tells what the members of his church are doing in their particular situation. (IMO he cares a lot about his country and its people.) He also answers questions from the floor on what he had preached.
If you have the time and the bandwidth, have a listen to John Bell and to pretty much anyone else who has spoken @The Castle!