Shon Hopkin – Top 5 Questions About Isaiah

Shon Hopkin discusses the top 5 questions students ask about the Book of Isaiah

Ken Krogue:  List just the top five questions that you could ask in class? What do they ask you?

Shon Hopkin: So, they always…they want to know, how can I understand this in my day, right, and that is the goal.  How can I understand this in my day?

Ken Krogue: Yes, that’s one.

Shon Hopkin: Now, number two is what’s going on in Isaiah’s day…how will they understand what Isaiah is saying? And that is a big deal, right? Number three is students love to see the temple symbolism in Isaiah, right? What are…

Ken Krogue: Ah, I haven’t heard that before.

Shon Hopkin: And there are some beautiful things.  There are some beautiful things in Isaiah with his temple vision, and later on the imagery he does with hands and names and that kind of thing.  Temple imagery.  Number four, I would say, the nature of God.  What does this teach me about who God is?  And number five, I would say, what does this indicate about God’s overarching plan of salvation, alright.  The salvation history, this whole scattering and gathering of Israel is big for Isaiah.

Ken Krogue: Yes.

Shon Hopkin: And so, they’re sort of, our day, Isaiah’s day, temple stuff, nature of God and nature of salvation history.

Ken Krogue: Now, there’s a lot of gloom and doom.  Does last day stuff come up in there?

Shon Hopkin: Yeah, but Isaiah, he talks about the doom and gloom, but he always puts the light in there.

Ken Krogue: Yeah, he is hopeful.

Shon Hopkin: He is never just doom and gloom, right.

Ken Krogue: So, it’s both balanced.

Speaker 2:  Yes, you turn to the Lord and there will be a righteous remnant that will come forth and he rejoices in that remnant after the scattering and the blessings that will come to Israel.  I mean it’s sweet and it is tender and it’s beautiful, ‘though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow, though they will be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’  This is the line…Well now, and it’s even more profound than we think.  Scarlet and snow, scarlet actually is more a living blood that’s glistening…

Ken Krogue: That’s the most quoted in Isaiah…

Shon Hopkin: Yeah, but it’s even deeper than we think, I mean, scarlet is sort of this fresh blood and then it’s parallel with snow, right?

Ken Krogue: Yes.

Shon Hopkin:  This wet snow that can wash away sin or cover over sin.  Crimson is more dried blood, right?  Those kinds of sins that seem permanent, to create a permanent stain even across generations.  And then the opposite of the crimson is the lamb, the sacrificial lamb, who is also going to be as white as snow, right.  This lamb is, and through the sacrifice, and you’ve got I think atoning


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