Introduction to Isaiah 36-39
These four chapters (36-39) make up this seventh section of Isaiah. Each section clearly revolves around a theme of persevering through hardships. War, death and prides pain all are clearly exposed. Isaiah shows how seriously God is interested in mans deep devotion to Himself and that nothing else will satisfy.
This section has its own characteristics distinct from the other chapters. Although there are other narrative sections, they are all rather small.
Chapters 36-39, however, are narrative in form with prophetic poetry inserted. Perhaps, these chapters were inserted to steer the book. Isaiah is trying to bring his people to a proper understanding of the real situation. He has shown what judgment was like and how Judah herself resembled these nations. They themselves were also to expect Gods judgment.
Isaiah also uses these chapters as a special introduction to chapters 40-66 so that we can properly appreciate them. Judah would no longer be the focus. God wanted to show that He would indeed keep his promises to His people. Something much better was coming than what the best kings and kingdoms could present. In the following chapters God is going to reveal to us wonderful news in much clearer detail than before.