Isaiah writes before the fall of Samaria until the time of King Hezekiah. Like the other prophets he speaks into what is happening at the time of his writing and what will happen in the near and more distant future including many prophesies that relate to the coming Messiah. Isaiah is the most quoted book in Handel’s ’Messiah‘ for a reason. It tells of a Holy God who is lifted high, and yet is Immanuel, God with us. It tells of a story with a destination and of a people with a purpose. At the heart of Isaiah’s message is the grace of God for a sinful world