Author: Ron Graham
Outline of Isaiah chapters 5, 6, 7, 8
—The Lord’s Vineyard, Isaiah’s three words
This page provides, for your reference, an outline of Isaiah chapters 5 to 8. The complete Outline of Isaiah is spread over several lessons.
1 Context Overview
The first twelve chapters of Isaiah tell us about Isaiah’s purpose in writing the book and his calling to be a prophet. They predict and lament the eventual fall of Jerusalem. However the arm of the Lord will protect Judah from the Assyrians who will destroy Israel and later itself be destroyed. Isaiah looks beyond all these things to the coming of Christ and his glorious kingdom.
2 The Lord’s Vineyard (Isaiah 5)
- The vineyard song (Isaiah 5:1-7)
- Woe to those who live for luxury (Isaiah 5:8-12)
- The coming exile (Isaiah 5:13-17)
- Woe to those who turn truth into lies (Isaiah 5:18-23)
- The coming destruction (Isaiah 5:24-30)
Looking in more detail at the two poems...
A song about the Lord's Vineyard
Isaiah 5 starts with a sad song about the Lord’s vineyard...
- 1. Failure of the vineyard (Isaiah 5:1-2),
- 2. The vinedresser decides to destroy it (Isaiah 5:3-6),
- 3. The meaning of the song (Isaiah 5:7).
A poem of woes upon Judah
The latter part of Isaiah 5 is a poem of woes upon Judah...
- 1. Jerusalem has stumbled (Isaiah 5:8-12),
- 2. The Lord enters into judgment (Isaiah 5:13-17),
- 3. Jerusalem’s iniquity and the Lord’s wrath (Isaiah 5:18-26).
3 Isaiah’s calling (Isaiah 6)
- Isaiah’s frightening vision (Isaiah 6:1-4)
- Unclean lips and a burning coal (Isaiah 6:5-7)
- Here am I, send me! (Isaiah 6:8)
- Go tell this people (Isaiah 6:9-10)
- The destruction and the remnant (Isaiah 6:11-13)
The Three Words of Isaiah
Isaiah chapter 6 is a mixture of narrative and poetry, as Isaiah describes his awesome vision of calling. There are three words of Isaiah which he utters in the presence of the Lord. Each statement is introduced with "Then I said..."
- 1. Woe is me, for I am ruined! (Isaiah 6:5),
- 2. Here am I, send me! (Isaiah 6:8),
- 3. Lord, how long? (Isaiah 6:11).
4 The Assyrian Invasion (Isaiah 7-8)
- Israel attacks Judah without success (Isaiah 7:1).
- God sends Isaiah to encourage Ahaz king of Judah (Isaiah 7:1-9).
- Ahaz offends God by refusing to ask for a sign (Isaiah 7:10-13).
- A sign is given, the sign of a son. Soon coming destruction of Israel foretold (Isaiah 7:14-16).
- Assyria to oppress Judah. Judah to experience hardship and decline. (Isaiah 7:18-25).
- Isaiah’s son is born and significantly named (Isaiah 8:1-3).
- Soon coming destruction of Israel and attack on Judah foretold again (Isaiah 8:4-10).
- God exhorts Isaiah not to stumble (Isaiah 8:11-15)
- Isaiah and his disciples look to the law and to the testimony, not to dark pagan practices. (Isaiah 8:16-22).