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Isaiah 24

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Isaiah 24-27 describes a global judgment that will end with the destruction of God’s enemies and the restoration of God’s people Israel in their land.
-–W.W. Weirsbe, Be Comforted: Isaiah

  1. What is God going to do to the earth according to Isaiah 24:1? Isaiah 24:3?
  2. Compare Isaiah 24:1 to Genesis 1:2 and Genesis 11:9. What do you observe? Be sure to consider the context of those verses when you compare them.
  3. What reason is given for this judgment in Isaiah 24:5?
  4. What is being described in Isaiah 24:7-12?
  5. Who is being described in Isaiah 24:13-15? What are they doing during the judgment?
  6. What is the fate of the inhabitants of the earth according to Isaiah 24:17-18?
  7. What will happen to the earth according to Isaiah 24:19-20?
  8. What will God do according to Isaiah 24:21-23?

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  1. What do you learn about Tyre and Sidon from the following verses?

□ Joshua 19:29

□ 2 Samuel 5:11

□ 1 Kings 5:1-12

□ 1 Kings 16:31

2. What are some of the things you notice about the judgment against Tyre?

3. Who is behind this judgment of Tyre according to Isaiah 23:8-9?

The Phoenicians (people of Tyre) were a merchant people whose land approximated what is today known as Lebanon. Their ships plied the Mediterranean coasts, where their many colonies assured them of an abundant supply of the world’s wealth. Tyre and Sidon were key cities. . . King Ahab married the Phoenician princess Jezebel, who promoted Baal worship in Israel.
-–W.W. Weirsbe, Be Comforted: Isaiah

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To blame the Jews for the death of Jesus is a theological error so profound as to be only possible amongst those who suffer from severe Biblical illiteracy.

To suggest the guilt of the Jews is to ignore 6,000 years of Biblical history as well as both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament writings. Such a view can only be held by those who lack a true understanding of who Jesus really was and what He accomplished by dying as He did.

Jesus was a Jew. He was born and lived in Israel. He was circumcised. He spoke Hebrew. He wore a tallit (a prayer shawl). He learned the scriptures by rote memorization as a boy. He was in outward appearance like the other serious Jewish boys his age.

He would have called his father “Abba.” He would have attended synagogue with his family on Shabbat. He would have traveled with his family to Jerusalem for the three required feasts each year. He would have sung the songs of ascent on His way up to Jerusalem each year.

Like other Jews, Jesus had heroes–Abraham and Moses. Like other Jews, He had enemies–the Romans.

The Hebrew Bible is clear about Messiah. He would be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2) He would be born of a virgin. (Isaiah 7:14) He would enter Jerusalem in triumph. (Zechariah 9:9) Messiah was to be rejected by his own people. (Isaiah 53:1, 3; Psalm 118:22) Even Jesus himself prophesied his arrest and execution by the religious authorities. (Luke 9:22) Messiah was to be betrayed by one of his followers. (Psalm 41:9) Messiah was to be tried and condemned. (Isaiah 53:8) Messiah would be silent before his accusers. (Isaiah 53:7) Messiah was to be struck and spat upon by his enemies. (Isaiah 50:6) Messiah as to be mocked and taunted. (Psalm 22:7, 8) Messiah was to die by crucifixion. (Psalm 22:14, 16-17)

The list of Hebrew Bible prophecies that foretell the details of Jesus final days on earth goes on in detail. These details were written hundreds of years before Jesus was even born. They were written by Hebrew prophets speaking the Words of Adonai–the only true and living God–the God of the Jews and the Christians.

Jesus’ fate was not determined by the Jews. His fate was set by God. To blame the Jews is to turn a blind eye to God and his plan for redemption which made clear through the Hebrew Bible. To blame the Jews is to overlook the sovereignty of God and to miss the message of His great love.

The Jews didn’t kill Jesus. Jesus gave His life–laid down His life–as a sacrifice to meet the requirements of the Torah, the law. He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God.

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Read Isaiah Chapter 22
This burden evidently refers to Jerusalem . . . The burdens began way off at a distance in Babylon, and they have continued to come nearer to Jerusalem. Now the storm breaks in all of its fury upon the Holy City.
-–Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, J. Vernon McGee

  1. What is happening in the city according to Isaiah 22:1-4?
  2. What is going to happen according to Isaiah 22:5-7?
  3. What was their error according to Isaiah 22:11?
  4. What do you learn from the following verses?
    Psalm 37:3, 5; Psalm 55:22; Proverbs 3:5-6; Jeremiah 9:23-24
  5. What is Isaiah’s message for Shebna?
  6. Who is Eliakim? What is doing to happen to him?
  7. What application can you make from these 4 chapters to your own life?

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Read Isaiah Chapter 21

  1. What is Isaiah’s reaction to this vision that God is giving him according to Isaiah 21:3-4?
  2. What does the LORD tell Isaiah to do according to Isaiah 21:6?
  3. What does the watchman see according to Isaiah 21:7-9?
  4. Against whom does the LORD proclaim judgment in Isaiah 21:11-12? Who is “Dumah”?
  5. Against whom does the LORD proclaim judgment in Isaiah 21:13-17?
  6. What is the judgment described?

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Read Isaiah Chapter 19 – The Burden Against Egypt
1. What human disasters are foretold for Egypt?

2. What natural disasters are foretold?

3. Who will Egypt be afraid of? Why?

4. What is foretold in Isaiah 19:18-25 about the future for Egypt?

5. What three nations will worship the Lord together in the future?

This prophecy was probably fulfilled in 670 B.C. when Egypt was conquered by Esar-haddon, king of Assyria. The Assyrian conquest proved that the many gods of Egypt were powerless to help (19:1) and that the mediums and wizards were unable to give counsel (v.3). . .

But that is not all. The forty-two provinces of Egypt, called “nomes,” would be thrown into disarray and start fighting each other (Isaiah 19:2). The Nile River, the source of Egypt’s economy, and the streams and canals of the land would all dry up; and this would put farmers, fishermen, and cloth manufacturers out of business (vv.5-10). For centuries, the Egyptians were respected for their wisdom; but now the princes and counselors would not know what to do (vv.11-13). Instead of walking a straight path, the nation was led astray by leaders who were ad dizzy as a drunken man staggering around in his vomit (vv.14-15).
-–W.W. Weirsbe, Be Comforted: Isaiah

Read Isaiah Chapter 20
6. What does God tell Isaiah to do in this chapter? Why?

 

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Isaiah 18 – Message to Ethiopia

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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?

 

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