In my previous post “Introduction to the Prophets as Masterpieces of Literature,” I explained the three parts of the Book of Isaiah with the first part being a drama, with the theme being Judgement, which all occurs within the first 35 chapters. In the dramatic framework it is similar to a play, but more in the realm of a dramatic dinner theatre production which setting is a courtroom.
Chapter 1 is Act I, Scene 1 which opens with God as Judge; the heavens and the earth as witnesses; and Israel as the defendant. We can reference this to Deuteronomy 4:26 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you this day that you will quickly perish from the land you are crossing Jordon to possess.”
It begins with someone (a herald perhaps) announcing God in verse 2. Then God speaks in the second line of verse 2 through verse 4…
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