Isaiah 1 & 2
In the prophetic book of Isaiah, we are able to see two drastically different
perspectives of God between First Isaiah and Second Isaiah. I think this demonstrates
how dynamic God can be, and God’s mood change between the books seems to make
Him more relatable to humankind – to me it makes Him seem more emotionally attached
and emotionally vulnerable, which I like.
To begin, in First Isaiah we find God to be extremely angry with His chosen
people. He is impassioned, wrathful, and condemning towards them. His immense
investment in the human race does not yield the results He had been hoping for, but
instead, a people filled with greed and sin. God’s image in First Isaiah is one of hurt and
disappointed, followed by a God who is determined to renew and purify His people in a
powerful way. He speaks to Isaiah and tells him that He will destroy the people and their
evilness: “‘How long, O Lord?’I asked.And he replied: Until the cities are desolate,
without inhabitants, Houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste. Until the
Lord sends the people far away, and great is the desolation in the midst of the land”
(Isaiah 6:11-12). God claims that He will only stop when one tenth of the people remain,
and He will start anew with these few who He calls the “holy people”. Much of First
Isaiah is about God’s plan for destruction and reasons for doing so. However, towards the
end we start to see His changing mood and a new hope for the people. God chooses to
show mercy and deliver his city of Jerusalem from the king ofAssyria. He says, “By the
way he [Assyria] came he shall leave, never coming as far as this city, oracle of the Lord.
I will shield and save this city for my own sake and the sake of David my servant” (Isaiah
37:34-35). This image of God is for merciful and begins the transition into Second Isaiah.
In Second Isaiah, we find a remarkably