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Read Isaiah Chapter 56
1. What is the promise of Isaiah 56:1-8? How does this minister to you in your relationship with the LORD?

2. The prophet/LORD mentions the Sabbath and keeping the Sabbath several times in this passage. Review the verses that mention the Sabbath. What do you see?

3. What do the following verses teach about the Sabbath?
□ Genesis 2:1-3

□ Exodus 20:8-11

□ Exodus 31:13-17

□ Matthew 12:8

□ Mark 2:27-28

Going Deeper:
Review the Gospels and record the miracles that Jesus performed on the Sabbath. How were they received?

4. Copy Isaiah 56:7 here. What do you see?

5. Read Mark 11:15-17. What is Jesus upset about? How does it relate to Isaiah 56:7? What was the difference between how the Temple was intended to function in the community/world and how it was functioning when Jesus was there?

6. Who is being called out in Isaiah 56:9-12? (Hint: See Lamentations 4:13-14, Ezekiel 34:2-3, Micah 3:11) What is being said of them?

7. Record what was required of the priests in Leviticus 10:8-11. What reason does God give for this requirement?

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Read Isaiah 55

1. What is the message in Isaiah 55:1-2?

2. Who is speaking in Isaiah 55:3-5? What is the message being given?

3. What is the reader exhorted to do in Isaiah 55:6-7?

4. Copy Isaiah 55:8-9 here. Mediate on this. What application can you make of this verse to your life, your situation?

5. Read Isaiah 55:10-11 and write it out in your own words. How does this truth play out in your life? What hope to you receive from it?

6. Who is going to sing according to Isaiah 55:12?

7. How will you apply the truths from Isaiah 55 going forward?


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After the sorrow of chapter 53, comes the singing of chapter 54.
–Jon Courson, Application Commentary

Read Isaiah Chapter 54
1. What does the prophet encourage the reader to do in Isaiah 54:1?

2. Read 2 Chronicles 20. What was the battle strategy of Jehoshaphat in that chapter? How might we apply that to our lives today?

3. Read Acts 16. What happened when Paul and Silas began to sign hymns at arguably one of their darkest hours?

4. What do the following verses teach about joy and rejoicing?
□ Nehemiah 8:10
□ Philippians 4:4
□ 1 Thessalonians 5:16

5. What can be done “to enlarge the place of your tent?” In your life? In the local church? In the body of Christ? What do you see as your role or calling in that?

6. In Isaiah 54:4-8, God is speaking to the nation Israel, being sent into captivity and the promise to bring her back out, the promise to restore her. What is the first thing the prophet says in this section (verse 4a)?

7. Consider some of the other times in the book of Isaiah has told His children not to fear and made great promises to them.
□ Isaiah 41:10, 13, and 14

□ Isaiah 43:1, 5

□ Isaiah 44:2-5

8. Copy Isaiah 54:5 here. Why do you think God says that He (our Maker) is our husband?

9. Copy Isaiah 54:7-8 here. Meditate on this truth. What are your impressions? How can you make application of this to your life, your current situation?

10. What do the following verses add to the truths of Isaiah 54:7-8?
□ Psalm 30:5

□ Psalm 103:9

□ Micah 7:18

□ 2 Corinthians 4:17

□ 1 Peter 1:6

11. What promise does God remind them of in Isaiah 54:9?

12. What promise does God give them in Isaiah 54:10?

13. What promise does God make in Isaiah 54:13? 14? 15-17?



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1. Copy Isaiah 53:7 here. Meditate on that. What are your impressions?

2. Read Matthew 26:59-63. Summarize what is going on in your own words.

3. Read Matthew 27:11-14. Summarize what is going on in your own words.

4. How do Matthew 26:59-63 and 27:11-14 related to Isaiah 53:7?

5. Read Acts 8:26-35. Describe in your own words what is occurring in this passage. How does it relate to Isaiah 53:7?

6. Read Isaiah 53:8. For whose transgressions is Messiah stricken?

7. Read Daniel 9:25-26. What additional information is given?

8. Read 1 Peter 2:20-25. What is said of Christ’s suffering in this passage? What do we learn of how we should endure suffering from this passage?

9. Read Matthew 27:57-60. What do you learn about Jesus’ burial?

10. What do these verses confirm about Jesus?
□ 2 Corinthians 5:21
□ 1 Peter 2:22
□ Hebrews 4:15

11. Read Isaiah 53:10. Try to put the truths of this verse into your own words. What does this verse mean to you?

12. Read Isaiah 53:11. What does this verse mean to your life?

13. Read Isaiah 53:12. What does this tell you Messiah did for you?

14. Read Mark 15:28. What does this add to your understanding?

15. Read Luke 22:37. What does this add to your understanding?

16. Re-read Isaiah 53 and record all of your thoughts. How has studying this chapter changed your understanding of Jesus? His work on the cross? God the Father?

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Read Isaiah Chapter 53; Read Psalm 22
Try to read these two chapters in different versions than what you usually use to study. If you only have one version, read them multiple times. Meditate on the imagery. Record your observations.

1. Read Isaiah 6:8-9 and record how it relates to the statement in Isaiah 53:1.

2. Why do you think that the words of the prophets were so hard for men to believe? What is it about the voice of the prophet that the heart of man wants to reject?

3. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ John 12:37-38?

□ Romans 10:14-16?

□ 1 Corinthians 1:18-29

4. What do these verses teach about the tender plant mentioned in Isaiah 53:2?
□ Isaiah 4:2
□ Isaiah 11:10
□ Jeremiah 23:5
□ Zechariah 3:8
□ Zechariah 6:12
□ Revelation 5:5

5. What do the following tell us about this man described in Isaiah 53:3?
□ Psalm 22:6
□ Isaiah 49:7
□ John 1:10-11

6. Read John 6:26-69. This is just one example of Jesus interacting with people. What evidence is there in John 6 that Jesus was this man being described in Isaiah 53:3?
Going deeper.

7. Using what you know of the New Testament, answer the following questions:
What sorrows did Jesus suffer?

How was He acquainted with grief?

How do you know He was despised? Not esteemed?

4. Re-read Isaiah 53:4-5. Meditate on this. Consider it in other versions. Consider looking up some of the Hebrew words, e.g. “griefs,” “sorrows,” “transgression,” “chastisement,” to understand more clearly how the words are being used. Record what you learn and your reactions to this disturbing picture.
5. What do the following verses add?
□ Matthew 8:17
□ John 1:29
□ Romans 3:20-26
□ Hebrews 9:28
□ 1 Peter 2:24

Going deeper
6. What does the word “propitiation” mean? How does it apply to Isaiah 53? Jesus?

7. Why was this bearing of our griefs and sorrows necessary? Why was it necessary that Messiah be stricken, smitten, afflicted, and wounded? (Hint: Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23; Psalm 14:1-3)

8. According to Isaiah 53:6, whose punishment was Jesus taking?

9. Respond to these verses in your daily conversation with God. Tell Him what it means to you when you read these verses.


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Read Isaiah 52:13-15 and Isaiah 53:1-12

1. What does Isaiah 52:13 say of Messiah?

2. Copy Philippians 2:9 here. What additional insight do you gain?

3. What does Isaiah 52:14 say will happen to his face? What does Isaiah 52:15 say will be the result of that?

4. What does Isaiah 53:1-2 tell you about Messiah?

5. What do the following verses add to your knowledge of Messiah?
□ Psalm 22:6
□ Mark 9:12
□ Romans 10:12-16
□ Philippians 2:7

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Isaiah Chapter 52 – Awake Zion!

Read Isaiah Chapter 52

1. What does Isaiah say to Zion (Jerusalem) in Isaiah 52:1?

2. What does the Lord God say about His people in Isaiah 52:4-5?

3. What does God say that His people will know/realize in Isaiah 52:6?

4. How might this understanding of God, e.g. “I am He who speaks: behold it is I,” be important in your life? Your relationship with God?

5. What people are Isaiah 52:7 referring to? What do these people do? Are you one of these people? Explain.

6.. What celebration is being foretold in Isaiah 52:8-10?

7. What is being described in Isaiah 52:11-12?


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Read Isaiah Chapter 51
1. To whom is Isaiah speaking in Isaiah 51:1?

2. What instruction does he give them in Isaiah 51:1-2.

3. Why would he tell them that? (See Isaiah 51:3)

4. What does Isaiah say about God in Isaiah 51:3?

5. Who is speaking in Isaiah 51:4-5? What does He say about Himself?

6. What does He promise in Isaiah 51:6 about the earth? About those who live there? About His salvation? His righteousness?

7. What instruction/exhortation does He give in Isaiah 51:7?

8. What exhortation is given in Isaiah 51:9? To whom is it directed?

9. What does Isaiah 51:9 give as a prophecy about the sea? About those God has purchased back?

10. What human frailty does God address is Isaiah 51:12-13? What does He say about it?

11. What do the following verses teach?
□ Proverbs 29:25

□ Isaiah 8:12-13

□ Luke 12:4-5

12. Copy Isaiah 51:15 here. What do you learn from this verse?

13. What does God say of His people in Isaiah 51:16?

14. What message does God have for Jerusalem in Isaiah 51:17-23? How does this encourage you?

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Isaiah Chapter 50

Read Isaiah Chapter 50
1. What does God say of Israel in Isaiah 50:1?

2. In Isaiah 50:4-6, what do you learn about Messiah?

3. What do the following verses teach?
□ Matthew 26:39, 67
□ Luke 9:51
□ John 14:31
□ Philippians 2:8

4. What does Isaiah 50:8 teach about the one who justifies us? The adversary?

5. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ Exodus 23:22
□ Romans 8:31-39
□ 1 Peter 5:8

6. What application to your own walk with God can you make from Isaiah 50?


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Isaiah Chapter 49

Read Isaiah Chapter 49
1. Who is speaking in Isaiah 49:1-7? How do you know?

2. What do you learn of Messiah from Isaiah 49:6?

3. What promise is embedded in Isaiah 49:6?

4. Read Isaiah 49:7 over again (perhaps several times). What do you learn from this verse?

5. Re-read Isaiah 49:8-13. What promises does God make in this section of the chapter? Provide references.

6. Who/what is doing the praising in Isaiah 49:13?

7. What is the response of Zion (Israel) according to Isaiah 49:14?

8. How does God respond in Isaiah 49:15-23?

9. Copy Isaiah 49:23b (last sentence of the verse) here. Meditate on it. What do you see?

10. What do you learn from Isaiah 49:25-26? How do you feel when you read those verses?


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