It must have been frustrating to be Isaiah, it must have been frustrating to listen to Isaiah.
The things he talks about here were true about the pattern Israel would suffer.
Some of the last Kings were the best, just before Jerusalem was destroyed, there were godly Kings, Hezekiah, Josiah.
But destruction came anyway. And the Israelites had to understand that it was all part of God’s plan to pour out his spirit. And that was better by far, and also that the destruction was deserved.
It’s a complex message. There will be good times, but don’t get complacent because also the worst. But they will actually be good in ways you can barely understand.
What do you do with a message like that?
It’s still a message Christians struggle with. God has blessed is with good times, praise be. This disaster is God’s will. God has healed me. He is in heaven now. How can God let bad things happen? No one laughs at God in a hospital.
I was starting to get a bit annoyed with Isaiah, but maybe I’m getting annoyed with God.
That’s why I read this I suppose, to understand.