Homiletics can serve as a very helpful technique in understanding a biblical passage without losing its context, and how that passage is
relevant to our lives. When homiletics is done over consecutive chapters, one may see themes and logical progressions that may not be
appreciated when studying a smaller passage.
This is an example of how one can conduct a study exegetically without the risk of eisegesis. While this article will present the resulting
aim and application from the homiletics of each chapter, you can see the steps involved with homiletics which can be printed for
your own personal study and lesson.
Today’s study will be in Isaiah 41 through 48. Isaiah, son of Amoz, was a prophet in Judah around 700 B.C. He wrote more than any other
prophet, and was trying to bring the people of Judah back into a covenantal relationship with God. Mindful of the Mosaic Covenant and its
obligations, he confronts his generation of their sins. Aware of the Abrahamic Covenant, he attempts to comfort future generations, who were
going to be in exile, that God would restore them to their land and fulfill His promises of blessings.
One sin that Hebrews continually had problems with was idolatry. In the Old Testament, an idol was a physical image or
representation that was considered divine and worthy of worship. The Bible records many examples of this
(Gen 31:19-35; Ex 32:1-10;
2 Ki 18:4).
Based on the Ten Commandments (Ex 20-4-5), biblical religion is an
In the New Testament, the apostle Paul broadens the definition of idolatry when he equates "immorality" (fornication),
"impurity" (perversion), "passion" (uncontrollable lust), "evil desire" (illicit cravings) and "greed" (covetousness) with idolatry
(Col 3:5). Paul saw idolatry when human beings sought to satisfy the evil desires of their
human nature instead of putting on the new self who was being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created
him (Col 3:10).
In this context, the prophet Isaiah denounces idolatry.
Charles Hammond was born and raised in Kirkland, WA. He attended Oregon State University and received a BS
degree in Business Administration. He has worked in the Seattle area since 1971. Since 1987, he has been a financial advisor and a partner in
Cornerstone Advisors, Inc. in Bellevue. He served as a Teaching Leader in Bible Study Fellowship for 10 years, and has been an Elder at
Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, WA since 1988. He also sings in the United Voices of Antioch choir and leads a men's Bible Study group in