Isaiah lived in a time when his government and society were pushing God and His Word (the Torah) out of public and private life. The king refused to engage God and insisted on taking the nation away from the ways of God. God calls Isaiah to walk a different walk, talk a different talk, to make God his all and everything, and to live out the Torah as a testimony in the presence of an anti-God society. How is the world going to see that God’s ways are good and true and LIFE, unless someone is living out those ways for all to see? That is the role of Isaiah. That was supposed to be the role of Israel. That is the role God intends for us today!
Gary and Marilynn Venden have been in ministry for 34 years. After graduating from Pacific Union College in 1979, they interned in Southern California, then spent four years “on the road” in evangelism with the North American Division and the Carolina Conference. They came to Northern California in 1984 and worked first as evangelists, then as pastors in San Anselmo. They have ministered for years at the Glendale church in Phoenix, Arizona.