Old Testament Lesson 37: Isaiah 22, 23, 24-26, 27, 28-30

Chapters 23 and 27 are not assigned for the lesson. Nevertheless, I have included them because I will refer to them.

This week, rather than giving a list of questions to answer, I will suggest some exercises in reading that seem to me to be particularly appropriate to reading Isaiah, exercises in understanding in terms of types and shadows.

Before studying how these chapters can apply to us, consider a literal, historical interpretation of these chapters. You may need to consult the maps in your scriptures to understand the references to countries and kingdoms. Looking at a literal interpretation may help us understand it better when we try to think of it as a type of something else.

This is how I think the people of Isaiah’s time would have understood what he was saying:

  22:1-14

What will happen to Jerusalem when Nebuchadnezzar invades.

  22:14-25

The condemnation and exile of Shebna, a high official in Hezekiah’s government, and his replacement by someone more worthy, Eliakim. One tradition says that he was the steward of the king’s household, another that he was in charge of the Temple treasury. Tradition also says that he plotted to turn Hezekiah over to the Assyrians, but verse 16 seems to suggest that he has tried to give himself a high status, perhaps by embezzlement.

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