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Isaiah Chapter 6 (Part 1)

Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God.
–John Calvin

Read Isaiah Chapter 6
1. What do you learn from Isaiah 6:1 about when these events took place?

2. Over what Kingdom did King Uzziah reign?

3. When did King Uzziah die (what year)?

4. What do you learn about King Uzziah from the following verses?
□ 2 Chronicles 26:1,3
□ 2 Chronicles 26:16 to 23
□ 2 Chronicles 27:1-6

“Isaiah had a life-changing vision of Jesus Christ. The throne of Judah had changed occupants, but God was still on His throne and in perfect control of everything. When you worship, focus on God’s holiness, sovereignty, and glory. When things on earth are discouraging, start looking at things from heaven’s point of view. (Citations omitted)”
––W.W. Weirsbe, Be Comforted: Isaiah

5. What do you notice about the scene being described in Isaiah 6:1-4? What stands out?

6. What similarities to the scene in Isaiah 6 in the following scriptures?
□ 1 Kings 22:19
□ Ezekiel 1:21-28
□ Ezekiel 10:1-22
□ Revelation 4:1-8

7. What are Seraphim? Look them up in several sources and share what you find.

8. Copy Isaiah 6:3. Meditate on it. Consider also Revelation 4:8. Share your impressions if you feel led.

9. Describe a time when you were confronted with the holiness of God in your own life. How did that make you feel? What was your response?

‘The sight of a holy God, and the sound of the holy hymn of worship, brought great conviction to Isaiah’s heart; and he confessed that he was a sinner. Unclean lips are caused by an unclean heart. Isaiah cried out to be cleansed inwardly, and God met his need. If this scene had been on earth, the coals would have come from the brazen altar where sacrificial blood had been shed . . . Before we can minister to others, we must permit God to minister to us. Before we pronounce “woe” upon others, we must sincerely say, “Woe is me!”’
––W.W. Weirsbe, Be Comforted: Isaiah

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Isaiah Chapter 5

Read Isaiah Chapter 5

1. What do you learn of the Beloved and His vineyard in verse 1? Verse 2?

2. Who is the vineyard in this chapter according to Isaiah 5:7? God’s pleasant plant?

3. What does God say of the vine in Psalm 80:8?

4. What does God say of the vineyard in Jeremiah 2:21?

5. What does Jesus say of the vineyard in Matthew 21:33-40

6. What does the Psalmist pray regarding the vineyard in Psalm 80:14-15?

7. What does God ask in Isaiah 5:3-4?

8. What does God promise regarding the vineyard in Isaiah 5:5? Isaiah 5:6?

Re-read Isaiah 5:8-25
9. What types of things were the people doing according to Isaiah 5:8-10? Consider reading these verses in other translations such as the Amplified for more details and information.

10. Read 1 Kings 21:1-15. How does this relate to Isaiah 5:8-10? What is your reaction to the story? What do you think God’s reaction was? Read on in the chapter and you will see it.

11. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ Leviticus 19:13

□ Deuteronomy 24:14-15

□ Jeremiah 22:13-17

□ Micah 2:2

Re-Read Isaiah 5:11-17
12. What types of things were the people doing according to Isaiah 5:11-17? Consider reading these verses in other translations such as the Amplified for more details and information.

13. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ Isaiah 28:7

□ Habakkuk 2:15-16

□ Hosea 4:11

14. What does God promise in Isaiah 5:13-14?
15. What does the prophet declare in Isaiah 5:16?

Re-Read Isaiah 5:18-19
16. What types of things were the people doing according to Isaiah 5:18-19?

Re-Read Isaiah 5:20
17. What types of things were the people doing according to Isaiah 5:20?

18. What types of things were the people doing according to Isaiah 5:21?

19. What types of things were the people doing according to Isaiah 5:22-23?

20. What does God promise in Isaiah 5:24-25?

21.What application can you make of these “woes” to your own life? Do you see evidence of covetousness, desire for fleshly living and lack of desire for the things of God, carelessness about the things of God, inability to distinguish between good and evil, pride (being wise in your own eyes) or lack of a sense of justice in your life? Ask God to reveal this to you if it is an issue. If He does, confess your sin and turn from it. He is faithful and just to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

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While on the mission field recently, during one of my morning times with the LORD, I found myself in 1 Samuel 17. Perhaps you know this passage – David battles Goliath. I love this story. I love the heart of David for His God.

When the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’S, and He will give you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:42-47

I can see David in my mind’s eye. He was fearless. He knew His God and He knew the source of his power in facing this great and menacing enemy of Israel.

But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

His source of power was the LORD of hosts, the God of heaven’s armies and the armies of Israel.

David had confidence in the LORD because of who He is. David also understood something very fundamental about God and His displays of His power.

Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’S, and He will give you into our hands.”

David knew that the display of God’s power-the power to send a small stone from a slingshot into the forehead of a giant and stun him, so he would fall and his head could be cut off by David-was for the benefit of the on-lookers, for those who would hear the story later, and for us who read and study the scriptures looking for the face of our God in the pages.

The source of David’s power was God Almighty.

The purpose of the display of power was so we would know that God doesn’t always use conventional weapons (but He can) or conventional people (but He can) to fight on His behalf. He doesn’t have to because the battles are His and He is able to do whatever He likes since He is sovereign over every person, force, power, and principality in the Universe having created it all.

Thank you Father, that as your servant I am not responsible for providing the power or the results. Thank you that my job is to show up and believe that You will do what You have promised. The battle is Yours!

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Israel – Galilee

Isaiah Chapter 4

Read Isaiah Chapter 4
1. What is being described in Isaiah 4:1?

2. Who is being describe in v. 2? What will be the result?

Note: “Branch of the Lord” is a messianic title for Jesus Christ who came as a “shoot” from the seeming dead stump of David’s dynasty (citations omitted).
-Be Comforted: Isaiah, by W.Wiersbe

3. Copy Isaiah 11:1-2. What additional information do you learn of the Branch?

4. Copy Jeremiah 23:5-6. What additional information do you learn of the Branch?

5. Read Zechariah 3:8-10. What additional information do you learn of the Branch?

6. What is being described in Isaiah 4:3-6?

7. What similarities to Isaiah 4:3-6 do you see in the following verses?
□ Malachi 3:2-3
□ Zechariah 8:8
□ Zechariah 13:9

8. Read Exodus 13:21-22. How does it compare to the final verses of Isaiah chapter 4?

17. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ Psalm 9:9
□ Psalm 28:8
□ Psalm 59:9; 16
□ Psalm 61:3

Notes: The prophecy of Zion’s restoration has three parts: (1) the Branch of the Lord will be glorious (v. 2); (2) the remnant will be sanctified (vv. 3, 4); (3) the Lord will provide a protective covering over Mount Zion (vv. 5, 6). Nelson Study Bible

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Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.

–Psalm 37:3-6

Here is the “to-do” list from Psalm 37:

  • Trust in the LORD and do good
  • Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness
  • Delight yourself in the LORD, and wait for Him to fulfill your desires
  • Commit your way to the LORD and trust in Him, and wait for Him to bring forth your righteousness and justice and make them bright

One thing that I notice from the list is that very little outward action is required. Most of what God is asking of me is internal, e.g. trust, delight, wait, and commit. Several of the other seemingly “action” words He uses are really about internal concepts as well.

For example, dwell is speaking to us of living the Christian life-a life of promise. In the Old Testament the Israelites, under the leadership of Joshua, finally came into the land that God has promised Abraham many years before. That entry into the promised land is analogous to the New Testament believer living the abundant life-life based on the promises of God after being born again.

Feed on His faithfulness sounds like an action, but it is really a state of mind. The idea is that we would live and prosper remembering that God is faithful to the promises He has made to His people.

So I am to trust the LORD – rely on Him, to have confidence in Him.

I am to dwell in the place He has placed me and be sustained by His faithfulness as I live there.

I am to delight in the LORD. This is easy because He is my exceeding joy (Psalm 43:4). The image that God brought to mind when I was thinking about this was that of a dog rolling in green grass, arching her back and just enjoying the stretch, the warmth of the sun and the scratch of the grass on her back.

I am to commit my way to Him, but why wouldn’t I in light of the promises He makes to me. Here are just 2 found in this short passage:

  • He will give me the desires of my heart
  • He shall make my righteousness and my justice bright like the sun at noon-day, so that everyone will know-there will be no way to hide what He has done in my life

How great is our God and how wonderful His promises!

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Isaiah Chapter 3

Read Isaiah Chapter 3
1. In Isaiah 3:1-3, what does God say He will take from Jerusalem and Judah?

2. What does God promise to give them in Isaiah 3:4? What does God promise will be the result in Isaiah 3:5-7?

3. What reason is given by God in Isaiah 3:8-9 for the bad things that are happening to Jerusalem and Judah in the opening verses of the chapter?

4. What does God say to tell the righteous (verse 10)? The wicked? (verse 11)

5. Who is to blame for the situation according Isaiah 3:12?

6. What will God do according to Isaiah 3:13-15?

7. What judgment is promised to the daughters of Zion in Isaiah 3:16-24? Why?

8: What do the following verses teach?
□ Proverbs 31:30

□ 1 Timothy 2:9-10

□ 1 Peter 3:3-6

This study picks up where Isaiah chapter 2 (part 1) left off.

Read Isaiah Chapter 2

1. What does God say He will judge in verses 12-16?

2. What will be the results of the day of the LORD according to verses 17-21?

The day of the Lord is in contrast to the day of man, which is this present evil age when God is permitting men to take their own way, try out their own plans, and be independent of His authority. In the coming day of the Lord, high and low, rich and poor, learned and ignorant, all alike will be “brought low” before the God they have defied or forgotten.
–Isaiah, by H.A. Ironside

3. Copy Isaiah 2:22. What is being said in this verses?

4. What do you learn from these verses?
□ Proverbs 23:17-18

□ Proverbs 24:1-2

5. What is being described in Isaiah 2:19-21?

6. Read Revelation 19:11-16. How does that passage relate to these final verses in Isaiah 2?

7. What application to your own life can you make from Chapter 2 of Isaiah? What prophecies are given that have not yet been fulfilled?

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