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Isaiah Chapter 37

Read Isaiah Chapter 37
1. How does Hezekiah respond in Isaiah 37:1?

2. Who does he send to Isaiah? With what message?

3. What message does Isaiah have from God for Hezekiah?

4. What does Rabshakeh do in Isaiah 37:8-13? How does Hezekiah respond

5. What message from God does Isaiah send to Hezekiah?

6. What does Isaiah say about the remnant in Isaiah 37:31-32?

7 What happened to the Assyrians and Sennacherib according to Isaiah 37:36-38?

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Breaking vs Crushing

It is one thing to be broken. A clean break is not impossible to mend. Align the broken pieces, apply some epoxy, wait and time will heal the fractures.

Crushing is a totally different thing. With a horrible blow or a series of repeated strikes to the fragile porcelain of a human heart, a crushing occurs–thousands of tiny pieces are left with no hope of ever being re-aligned or re-assembled.

Humpty-dumpty all over again.

But God . . .

Indeed, the former things have come to pass, Now I declare new things;
Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you. Isaiah 42:9

If anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].  2 Corinthians 5:17 (Amplified)

Sometimes with God it is a break, clean and neat. But often with God it is a crushing–to testify to His desire and power and make all things new–to release the fragrance that is within us.

Take heart, beloved, if you are going through a time of crushing right now, He will make all things new for you. Not one of His promises will fall. He will keep each and every one.

 

Isaiah Chapter 36

The next three chapters of Isaiah are about King Hezekiah. In order to better understand them, we are going to review what the books of the history (Kings and Chronicles) tell us about Hezekiah and his life.

Read 2 Kings Chapter 18
1. Who is the king of Judah at the beginning of this chapter?
2. How old was Hezekiah when he became king of Judah? How long did he reign? How is his reign described?

3. What do you learn of Hezekiah from 2 Kings 18:5-6?
4. What happened to Israel during the sixth year of Hezekiah, King of Judah? Why? (See verse 12)
5. What happened to Hezekiah and Judah in the 14th year of his reign? How does Hezekiah try to remedy the situation? What was the result?

Read 2 Chronicles 29
Some of what is covered is review of the above chapters in 2 Kings Chapter 18.
6. What did Hezekiah do in the first month of his reign? What did he tell the priests?
7. What does Hezekiah lay out as his plan in 2 Chronicles 29:10?
8. What do the priests do in 2 Chronicles 29:12-19?
9. How does King Hezekiah respond?

10. What are you told about Hezekiah and the people in 2 Chronicles 29:36?

Read 2 Chronicles 30
11. What does Hezekiah decide to do in this chapter?

12. What did the runners (couriers) tell the people when they announced the celebration of Passover in Jerusalem and the call for the people to come?
13. What did Hezekiah pray for the people according to 2 Chronicles 30:18-19? What was the Lord’s response?
14. What happened according to 2 Chronicles 30:23?

15. What do you learn from 2 Chronicles 30:26-27?

Read Isaiah Chapter 36
16. What is going on in the opening verses of Isaiah 36?

17. What does Rabshakeh try to do to those listening?
18. How did Hezekiah’s servants respond? Why? What did they do/tell Hezekiah?

Isaiah Chapter 35

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Read Isaiah Chapter 35
1. What appears to be happening in verses 1 to 2 on the earth?

2. What do you learn from Hebrews 8:19-22? How is this related to the opening verses of Isaiah 35?

3. What words of hope are given in Isaiah 35:3-4?

4. What similar encouragement is found in Hebrews 12:12? What application to your own life, ministry for God, can you make from these two passages?

5. What words of encouragement does Jesus offer to John the Baptist in Luke 7:18-23?

6. What promises are given in Isaiah 35:5-7?

7. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ Matthew 9:32-33

□ Matthew 12:22

□ Matthew 15:30

□ Matthew 21:14

□ John 9:6-7
8. What hope and/or encouragement do these verses give you as you look at the events of the world going on today?

7. Read and meditate on Isaiah 35:8-10. What things come to your mind? How does this encourage you?

Isaiah Chapter 34

Read Isaiah Chapter 34

  1. Who is called to listen in Isaiah 34:1?
  2. What is being announced in Isaiah 34:2?
  3. What things will come to pass according to Isaiah 34:3-7?
  4. What is this “day” according to Isaiah 34:8?
  5. What will this place look like according to Isaiah 34:9-15? 
  6. Read Revelation 19:11-21. What similarities to the descriptions and events in Isaiah 34 do you see?
  7. Read Zechariah Chapter 14. What similarities do you see to Isaiah 34? Revelation 19?
  8. Read Revelation 17:14. Meditate on this. What do you learn? See? What questions do you have?
  9. What application can you make from these two chapters? How will you prepare for the coming day of the Lord?

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I never saw a moor;

I never saw a sea;

Yet know I how the heather looks,

and what a wave must be.

I never spoke with God,

nor visited in heaven,

Yet certain am I of the spot

As if the chart were given.

                  Emily Dickinson

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Rescued and Drawn

Some days everything’s coming up roses, but often it’s hard to move forward, maybe even to get out of bed. For times when what faces us seems to be dominating us, God has provided in anchors for the soul to hold us and keep us from slipping. Colossians 1:13 is such an anchors.

For He [Adonai] has rescued us and has drawn us to Himself from the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son [Jesus] (Amplified version)

He has rescued us. This speaks of a completed work. It requires nothing further to be complete. It can’t be undone. It won’t unravel.

We were rescued from imminent danger-the danger of death and the unavoidable wrath of God because it is the fate of man to die once and then face God’s judgment. What an amazing rescue! Without anything else that would be mind-blowing. But Paul goes on.

He has drawn us to Himself. This is the very heart of God–closeness with us, intimate relationship with us. He knows that we are surrounded by darkness–the dominion of darkness. That which has dominion over us rules us, governs us, dominates us. Our necks were under the heel of the boot of the enemy of our souls. God saved us from that. And not leaving us there, He gave us a new destination–a new Sovereign. He transferred us to the kingdom of His Son–a kingdom in which all sin has been paid for and its power eliminated. In the Kingdom of His Son, I am an adopted child, I’m grafted into a rich history with God and the people of God.

Hallelujah! What a Savior! That’s good news (gospel).

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