Document: C. Vanderwaal, Search the Scriptures, Vol. V: Isaiah to Daniel, trans. by Theodore Plantinga (St. Catharines, ON.: Paideia Press, 1979).

Excerpt: The “king” of the prophets. The section of the Bible referred to as the “Latter Prophets” opens with this book by the “king” of the prophets. We do not know much about Isaiah’s life. Here and there we read a comment about the time of his prophecy. We know the names of his two sons because their names had something to do with the content of his prophecy. Beyond this we know little of his personal life: the accent falls completely on Isaiah’s words, his message! The message he preached was not the fruit of reflection on his own experiences:

Hear, heavens, and give ear, earth;
for the LORD has spoken (1:2; see also Deut. 32:1).

That’s how the prophet begins, and that’s the basis of his prophetic reproach. Even when the message he brings conflicts directly with his own feelings, he goes on resolutely, for the Lord has chosen Him as His representative.

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