The book of Isaiahis all about good news, bad news. The first part of the book is all about God's judgment on Israel. See, they had been thinking that just 'cause they were the "chosen ones" of God, they could do whatever they want and it's OK, because they were "chosen" back in the day. God's like, "sorry, dudes, I'll still get all Old Testament on you if I have to."
Excuse me, but your evil deeds are blocking my vision
So Isaiah starts off as a huge downer where God lists off all the stuff that the Israelites are doing wrong and what will happen to them because of that. He uses phrases like "Take your evil deeds out of my sight!" and "By the wrath of the LORD Almighty, the land will be scorched and the people will be fuel for the fire...." Now if there is one thing I've learned while doing Word, it's that when God starts saying stuff like that, make sure you pay attention.
Ewe complete me
Lucky for the Israelites, God reveals another part of himself beginning in chapter 40. Now he comes off as comforting using phrases like "He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart..." and "... do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God." That's kinda just like God, huh? Never afraid to confront us or call us out, but always quick to comfort. Good qualities in a creator if you ask me.
Next week, Jeremiah.