Isaiah: A Personality Profile
"The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner's manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand."Isaiah 1:3
What kind of man was Isaiah the prophet? As you read his prophecy, you will discover that he was a man in touch with God. He foresaw God's Son and revealed God's glory, he heard God's message, and he sought to bring people back to God before it was too late.
Isaiah was a man who loved his nation. He was a patriot with a true love for his country, pleading with Judah to return to God and warning kings when their foreign policy was contrary to God's will.
He was also a man who hated sin and sham religion. His favorite name for God was "the Holy One of Israel," and he used it twenty-five times in his book. (It was used only five times in the rest of the Old Testament.) He looked at the crowded courts of the temple and cried out, "They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on Him" (v. 4). Jehovah was holy, but the nation was sinful; and Isaiah called the people to repent.
Isaiah was certainly a courageous man. Unafraid to denounce kings and priests, and unwavering when public opinion went against him, he boldly declared the Word of God.
He was a man skilled in communicating God's truth. Not content with merely declaring facts, Isaiah clothed those facts in striking language that would catch the attention of a people blind and deaf to spiritual truth. Like our Lord Jesus Christ, Isaiah knew how to stir the imagination of his listeners so that he might arouse their interest and teach them God's truth (see Matt. 13:10-17).