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Isaiah Chapter 25

Read Isaiah Chapter 25

  1. What do you notice about the opening of this chapter as compared to the past 11 chapters?
  2. For what does Isaiah praise God in Isaiah 25:1? Isaiah 25:4?
  3. What does Isaiah say God will do in Isaiah 25:5? Isaiah 25:6?
  4. Read Matthew 22:1-14. What do you learn of the marriage feast in the story told by Jesus?
  5. Read Matthew 25:1-13. What do you learn of the marriage feast in the story told by Jesus?
  6. What does Isaiah say God will do in Isaiah 25:8?
  7. What do you learn from the following verses about how God will deal with death?
    □ Hosea 13:14 □ 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54-55 □ 2 Timothy 1:10 □ Hebrews 2:14 □ Revelation 20:14
  8. What application can you make to your own life from these 3 chapters of Isaiah?

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.

Jerusalem and its people defy definition. These, just a few images, hint of the people, their diversity, their zeal and their humanity.

Isaiah 24

Read Isaiah 24
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?

Mother’s Day

Honor (respect, obey, care for) . . .  your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land the Lord your God gives you. (Exodus 20:12 Amplified)

The commands of God are often easier to read than to follow. Mother-daughter relationships can be challenging. I have had my own struggles.

The road to understanding, accepting and honoring my mother has been smoother since I became a mother. I began to see through my own experience as a parent of only one child how one might say and do the things that my mother, who had 4 children, did.

In the end, God needed to break my heart for my mother, to see her in truth, not colored by my needs, desires, disappointments. To give me a heart for her, God needed to cut mine.

As I pressed in to God to learn to be a better daughter, God reminded me of the command–honor your mother.

It isn’t a suggestion; it’s a command. It isn’t something I can do when I feel like it; it is required of me by God. I guess He knew there’d be days when we’d want to give up, when disappointments and unmet expectations would threaten to crush us like bugs.

On a day like today, when my heart is overwhelmed by love for my mother, for all that she is and all she went through in her motherhood journey, it is easy to love and to treat her well.

On the difficult days, I fall back on the command. I honor her because that is my reasonable service to God.

Mom

Since 70 A.D. when the Romans destroyed the 2nd Temple, the Jews have not had a sanctuary, a place where God has said they could sacrifice. The holiest place for Jews today is the Western Wall (Kotel), sometimes called the Wailing Wall by those who would mock the Jews for their zeal in worship of God.

Jews and other worshipers come to the wall to pray. Many important Jewish events are held at the wall. Many Bar Mitzvahs are held at the wall. Religious holidays are celebrated there. Recently, with Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the priestly blessing was given at the Western Wall. Sometimes national holidays can bring Jews to the Western Wall in celebration as well.

A visit to the Western Wall will not only allow you to see the zeal of the serious Jews for God, but also it will allow you to observe the variety of ways Jews express their zeal for God through their dress.

Kotel, Jerusalem
Women’s side of Kotel, Jerusalem
Kotel, divider between men and women
Kotel
the future
  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