Question and Answer with Andrew M. Davis on the Book of Isaiah

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Andrew Davis Isaiah commentary

Dr. Andrew Davis (Ph.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY) is senior pastor of First Baptist Durham, NC, where he has served since 1998. In 2005 he joined Southeastern Seminary as Visiting Professor of Historical Theology. He presently serves on the board of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of An Infinite Journey and An Approach to the Extended Memorization of Scripture. He and his wife Christi reside in Bahama, NC, and have five children.

1. What previous research and/or personal interests led you to this project and helped prepare you to write this commentary on Isaiah?

I memorized the Book of Isaiah several decades ago, and was astonished at the scope and grandeur of the book—its vision of the greatness and sovereignty of God, the depths of human depravity, the clarity with which it predicted the sufferings of Christ and his subsequent glories. I was in awe of this book, and when Danny Akin and David Platt gave me the opportunity to write a commentary for their series Christ-Centered Exposition on Isaiah, I jumped at it! I especially thought that there is no book in the Old Testament with such clear predictions of Christ and such clear gospel themes as Isaiah.

2. Who is the intended audience for this commentary? Would it benefit pastors? professors? students? lay Christians in the local church?

I was thinking first and foremost about pastors, desiring to be a resource to them to enable them to preach verse by verse through the entire Book of Isaiah. Then, through them, I was thinking about all Christians who would listen to Christ-centered expository sermons, as well as read my own as recorded in this book. Ultimately, my eye was on all Christians, because “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Rom. 10:17) So I want the word of God to feed the faith of everyone who reads this commentary.

3. What is unique about this commentary? What contribution does it make to studies of Isaiah?

I would not presume to think that my commentary is unique compared to all other commentaries on Isaiah. I would say that the concept of the entire series—Christ-Centered Exposition—is most meaningful in an Old Testament prophetical book like Isaiah, because the proclamation of Christ from texts that were written seven centuries before Christ was born shows the supernatural essence of the Christian faith, and many 21st century Christians are not as equipped to make this proclamation to our lost world as they could be.

4. What section or passage of this commentary was particularly memorable to research and write? Why?

I loved unfolding Isaiah 53 especially, because of its powerfully clear display of substitutionary atonement, the center of the gospel. I also enjoyed the soaring display of God’s majesty in Isaiah 40, and the amazing prediction of the spread of the gospel to the distant shores in many places in Isaiah.

5. What personally edified you in writing this commentary, increasing your affections for Christ?

Christ speaking to us in his own voice through Isaiah 61, as he displayed when he read that scroll in Luke 4, was overwhelmingly powerful for me, as was the next chapter—Isaiah 62—in which Christ speaks of his zeal for the final perfection of his bride, the church (Zion): He will not be silent until Zion shines radiantly as the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21-22).

6. Besides your commentary, what are your top recommended books (commentaries or otherwise) on Isaiah?

I truly benefited from many commentaries on Isaiah, especially E.J. Young’s three-volume work, as well as Alec Motyer’s works.

7. What is next for you? What project are you currently working on? How can people follow your work and ministry?

I am finishing my editing of a book on Christian contentment based on Jeremiah Burroughs’s timeless classic, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. It will be published by Baker Books next year. You can follow my preaching/teaching ministry through twojourneys.org.


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