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Read Isaiah chapter 18
The Ethiopians had sent ambassadors to the Jews asking them to join an alliance against the Assyrians. The Lord, however, said, “Refuse their invitation. I’ll take care of the Assyrians in my own time.”

That’s the point the Lord makes over and over again. “When will the nations look to Me, wait on Me, trust in Me?” He asks. “How long will they try to succeed in their own abilities only to fail miserable?”

Not only is this a word for nations–but for each of us in our own situations.
–Jon Courson’s Application Commentary: Old Testament, Volume 2

1. On whom is this “Woe” being spoken according to Isaiah 18:1-2?

2. What is to happen to them according to Isaiah 18:5-6?

3. What will they do according to Isaiah 18:7?

4. What additional information do you find in Zephaniah 3:10? Psalm 68:31?

 

Jesus is my Valentine

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JESUS IS MY VALENTINE

Jesus is my Valentine.
The lover of my soul.
He gave the perfect gift of love.
His life laid down for mine.

He’s written His words of love,
Laid out His plan to save
Pages bound with scarlet thread
A message in His blood.

He did not only pay for me;
He paid the world to save.
Each broken heart made well again
To eternal life, the key.

I’m betrothed to Him, His bride to be.
He’s coming back and soon;
My bridegroom longs to be with me,
So He’ll not tarry long.

Jesus is the righteous judge,
Wicked souls will meet their doom.
But as for me, I’m washed in blood,
His robe of white I donned.

Is Jesus your Valentine?
Does His blood your sins blot out?
There’s only one whose love can save,
One special Valentine.
Copyright MaryBeth Mullin

Read Isaiah Chapter 17 – Burden against Damascus
1. What information can you find about Damascus?

2. What judgments are spoken against Damascus in Isaiah 17:1-3?

3. Who is being judged in Isaiah 17:4-11? What things will happen to them?

4. What reason does God give for the judgment in Isaiah 17:10?

5. Who is being judged in Isaiah 17:12-14? What will happen to them?

 

Read Isaiah Chapter 15 – Burden against Moab
1. Who are the Moabites? Review Genesis 19.

2. What do you learn about Moab from Numbers 25?

3. What types of things are promised in the judgment against Moab in this chapter?

Read Isaiah Chapter 16 – Burden against Moab (continued)

4. Record examples of the judgments against Moab from this chapter.

5. What is the time frame given at the end of the chapter for the fall of Moab?

Leviticus is one of the books of the Bible many people confess they “can’t get through.” But I’m convinced that in giving us 66 books, God intended us to read and study each of them with diligence. I expect to receive insight from the book of Leviticus. I have not been disappointed.

For I am the Lord your God; so consecrate yourselves and be holy, for I am holy. . . 5 For I am the Lord who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; therefore you shall be holy, for I am holy.
Leviticus 11:44a, 45 (Amplified)

At first glance, these verses can be daunting–how can I be holy like God? One only need read the five books of the law to see the holiness of God and how unreachable that standard is for any human.

But then I consider the character of God and remember that God wouldn’t command me to be what was impossible for me to be.

God is holy–only God can make me holy.

Only God can set me–my life–aside for holy work. This is not something I can do for myself. I could never make myself holy–nor could any water or oil or ritual of man make me holy.

Holiness–the work of sanctification (being set apart for God)–is something only God can do.

So what is my part?

I must prepare. I must be available. I must obey.

See also Leviticus 19:2, 20:7; 1 Peter 1:15

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Read Isaiah Chapter 14
1. What prophecy is given in Isaiah 14:1-2?

2. What prophecy is given against Babylon in Isaiah 14:3-8?

3. What is the conversation in hell recorded in Isaiah 14:9-11?

4. Who is being spoken of in Isaiah 14:12-17? How do you know?

5. What names are given to him in Isaiah 14:12?

6. What caused him to fall according to Isaiah 14:13-14?

7. What is his future according to Isaiah 14:15?

8. How will he be seen in the future according to Isaiah 14:16-17

9. Isaiah continues with the prophecy against Babylon in Isaiah 14:18-23. What do you notice?

10. He continues with a prophecy against Assyria in Isaiah 14:24-26. What do you notice?

11. What do you learn of God from Isaiah 14:26-27

12. What is the timing of the prophecy which came to Isaiah 14:28-32 according to Isaiah 28:14?

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Read Isaiah Chapter 13
1. What does Isaiah say about the judgment against Babylon?

2. What is Babylon? Where is it located?

3. How does Isaiah describe the reaction to the day of the LORD in Isaiah 13:6-8?

4. What additional information about the day of the LORD do you find in Isaiah 13:9-10?

5. What things does God promise in Isaiah 13:11-22?

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