If we are to be true students of the Word of God [His Love Letters to His Chosen Children] then we must remember to not read chunks of Godís Word, but small bites of His Word. I know that you have read this in my earlier notes, must the Lord is telling me that you should be reminded of this biblical habit. It is through the nuggets instead of the chunks that you and I will find strength, encouragement and hope during these turbulant times.]
Let us begin with Isaiah 1:1-3
This first section gives us much information about who the writer is and his family line. It also gives us the date of these prophecies. It leaves us with the question of why Isaiah wrote these prophecies/warnings during this time. Kings are mentioned which gives solid evidence concerning the dating of this narrative. I caution you to be careful concerning the dating of this book. I will also caution about the timing that these kings ruled. Depending upon commentaries, and biblical scholars, there are many disputes about when these rulers reigned. You have to pray seeking God about which one of the theories you choose to accept. I am not here to nail down the exact timing, but to stir your mind to search for those scholars and commentaries that agree and disagree about these dates. You need to understand that each side gives their debate for their reason for the dating of this prophetic narrative. You must weigh each one against the themselves. I will also give you names of those who date this writing against the opposers. This study is not to tell you everything about this book, but to stir up your desire to search the word for yourself. It is meant for you to search and seek out, and come to your own conclusion.
Personally, this is a truly debatable subject. The dating is not as important as studying the content of the narrative. If you and I can gain insight into the narrative itself, this will cause us to grow spiritually. It is not so much the dating that is important, but the context itself far outweighs the date.
Mention of the Three Kings
Concerning the three kings, I am only presenting the information I have come across during my studies. Please do not think that you must agree with me. There is a fine line between various dates and biblical scholars.
Read more articles by Pamela Kohl or search for articles on the same topic or others.