Israel, chosen by grace, had a history with very few righteous moments. As far back as the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai, the nation continued to pull further and further away from the Lord. Not even Joshua or David were able keep the nation righteous for a long period of time. Israel’s history betrays our sin nature: sin is always humanity’s default mode.
In chapter 16 of the Story we see the pattern of human sin, God’s justice and His hope. Despite His people’s disobedience, God delivered a promise through Isaiah – a new King, a suffering Servant, a Saviour, the Messiah.