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;
2 Ki 18:4).
Based on the Ten Commandments (Ex 20-4-5),
biblical religion is an "imageless" worship.
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
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 his home.