The Book of Isaiah is the first and longest book of prophecy in the Bible. Its sixty-seven chapters make it the Bible’s second longest book after the Psalms. Isaiah’s message is one of the LORD’s justice and grace. Written 700 years before Christ, its prophecies concern the geopolitical events during the reign of King Hezekiah who was a contemporary of Isaiah, the Babylonian exile, Judah’s return, and the end times. The book of Isaiah also contains numerous prophecies about the Messiah’s birth, mission, character, suffering, and triumph.
Isaiah offers an unusual vision of the Messiah. Instead of describing Him as victorious King or powerful Prophet, he describes Him as a lonely, misunderstood, and much despised and abused servant. The prophetic vision describes the Messiah’s sacrifice. Isaiah compares the Messiah to a sacrificial lamb who is slaughtered as an offering to pardon our transgressions.
This chapter is often referred to as “The Suffering Servant.”