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Isaiah Chapter 45

Read Isaiah Chapter 45
1. What do you learn about Cyrus from the following verses?
□ 2 Chronicles 36:22-23

□ Ezra 1:1-11

□ Ezra 4:1-5

2. What do you learn of Cyrus from Isaiah 45:1? What is significant about this verse?

3. What does God promise in Isaiah 45:2? Why is this going to be important?

4. What does God promise in Isaiah 45:3? Why do you think He makes this promise?

5. Has God ever given you the treasures of darkness, the hidden riches of secret places? Explain.

6. How will God call us according to Isaiah 45:3 and 4?

7. What do you learn from Isaiah 45:4 about those who do not know God?

8. What does God say about Himself in Isaiah 45:5? About those who haven’t known Him?

9. What reason does God give for his promise in Isaiah 45:6?

10. Copy Isaiah 45:7 here. Meditate on this verse. What do you see? How does this apply to your life? What does this teach you about God’s sovereignty?

11. What do you learn from these verses?
□ Jeremiah 32:27

□ John 1:1-4

□ Romans 9:5

□ Colossians 1:15-20

□ 1 Timothy 6:14-16

12. What do you learn about God from Isaiah 45:8?

13. What does God warn against in Isaiah 45:9-10?

14. What do you learn about God from Isaiah 45:11-13?

15. What promise does God give to Israel in Isaiah 45:14-17?

16. What declarations about Himself does God make in Isaiah 45:18-19?

17. What does God say of those who worship idols in Isaiah 45:20?

18. How can you use this passage to soften your heart to pray for those lost in idolatrous religion today? Pray for those you may know or even strangers who are caught in idolatry and the worship of false gods.

19. What does God say of Himself in Isaiah 45:21? How does this bring comfort to the believer?

20. Copy Isaiah 45:22 here. Meditate on it. What do you see?

21. Pray for the nations who do not know God – that they would look to Him and be saved.

22. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ John 3:16, 36

□ John 6:47

□ 1 John 5:10

□ Acts 16:31

□ Romans 10:9-10

23. What does God promise in Isaiah 45:23-25? How does that encourage you?

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Here

This is not my home
I find no thrill
no comfort
no future
here.

I long for You
to be with You
I long for life
eternal life
with You.

On days like this
subtle tricks on my mind
it plays
taking all the color
stealing all the joy
leaving me sad
but I can’t pinpoint
why?

My hope is in You
Your Word heals my
shattered heart

days like these will come
but I will cling to You.

My Rock
My Fortress
My Foundation
My Refuge

restore me
renew me
breathe life into me
O God,
My God
as long as I am
here.

Mary Beth 2019

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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.

 

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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?

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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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Read Isaiah Chapter 30

  1. Against whom is the “woe” spoken in Isaiah 30:1-5?
  2. What shall become of them?
  3. Against whom is judgment spoken in Isaiah 30:6-11?
  4. How is this group described?
  5. What do verses 9 to 10 say about how they respond to God’s law?
  6. What is the judgment spoken in Isaiah 30:12-14?
  7. What promise does God say to them in Isaiah 30:15?
  8. Compare Isaiah 30:15 to Jesus’ words in Matthew 23:37. What do you notice?
  9. What promises do you find in Isaiah 30:18?
  10. What do you learn from these verses about God’s justice?
    □ Psalm 89:14 □ Psalm 97:2
  11. What promise do you find in Isaiah 30:19?
  12. What do you learn of the LORD’s willingness to answer from these verses?
    □ Psalm 20:6 □ Psalm 118:5 □ Psalm 138:3 □ Jonah 2:2
  13. What will be the result of the adversity the people of God suffer according to Isaiah 30:20-22?
  14. What promises are given in Isaiah 30:23-26?
  15. What judgment is described in Isaiah 30:27-33?

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Bet She’an is a must see when you visit Israel, not so much for the Jewish history it represents but rather for the Roman architecture and history that can be found among the ruins which have been excavated. The Tel at Bet She’an is famous for being the place where Saul’s body was hung. It was done by the Philistines to humiliate the Jews.

According to 1 Samuel 31:10, “they put Saul’s weapons and armor in the temple of the Ashtaroth (female goddesses), and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.”

Bet She’an, one of the cities of the Decapolis, does preserve some interesting aspects of Roman culture and architecture.

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