Isaiah's task in ministry was to "re-introduce" God to His people. Israel had lost their understanding of the Person of God. The Prophet faithfully delivers the message given him, revealing His interjections of justice and grace.
With tenderness, he shows the emotional side of the Most High, while never losing sight of the High Holiness of the Redeemer of Israel. Similar to Luke in the New Testament, his message incorporated aspects of God's demeanor that had been obscured through the ritualistic religion of the Jews. Isaiah tears away the veil of history to show how God has been there all along and how His interventions have preserved Israel.
Careful to follow every instruction of the Lord, Isaiah leaves no s tone unturned. He identifies the root causes of a straying people and points to the path of correction. God gave the Prophet spiritual understanding of the future, as well as contemporary issues. Isaiah reviews the future of Israel as clearly as a participant-observer. He names historical figures that had not yet been born, such as Cyrus, the Persian conqueror. He paints the birth of Jesus in vivid description and foretells His ministry so succinctly that Jesus quoted from his work in Luke 4. The Prophet is current down to end time events and many of his prophetic projections have not yet come to pass.
This study uses textual and analytic approaches to Isaiah that are both fresh and invigorating. Chapters are geared to Bible Study Groups, giving both Scripture and commentary in a format conducive to discussion.
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About the Author
As Professor, he has taught a range of subjects including Philosophy. Although credentials in Behavioral Science, he has also utilized his theological training by teaching Biblical studies. He has been published in Reflessi, the International Journal for Counseling; Church Administration, Family Life, Southwestern Sociological Association Journal and the American Journal of Sociology. He has lectured both in the U.S. and abroad and chaired several organizations of behavioral science.
As Minister, he has served twenty-eight years as pastor, alongside teaching and other duties. Ministering in 53 countries, both in education and religion, his range of duties extended from establishing missions in countries to advising and assisting multiple missionary enterprises. His works reflect many of his experiences in these fields of service.
As Author, he is credited with ten books, which are detailed in this volume, plus has been involved in several editing and advising capacities with other religious writers. Due to the popularity of his work, he has been privileged to maintain speaking tours both in the U.S. and abroad.
As President of OEA International, a nonprofit missionary organization, he has continued his involvement with several worthwhile evangelistic and missionary endeavors, including the building of church buildings in Southeast Asia and Central and South America.
As Publisher, Dr. Oliver is the CEO of Zadok publications, a division of OEA International. The publication of books in English, Spanish and German for religious markets has now grown to 23 foreign countries, besides all of South America, the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Oliver's books have been featured in Pastor's Conferences worldwide and Zadok Publications' materials are readily accessible through many ministries and bookstores or can be obtained through its website: www.zadokpublications.com.
Dr. Oliver resides in The Woodlands, Texas, with his wife, Betty A. Oliver. Mrs. Oliver is a retired career teacher and professor of English. She is CFO of Zadok Publications and also operations director.