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Read Isaiah Chapter 13
1. What does Isaiah say about the judgment against Babylon?

2. What is Babylon? Where is it located?

3. How does Isaiah describe the reaction to the day of the LORD in Isaiah 13:6-8?

4. What additional information about the day of the LORD do you find in Isaiah 13:9-10?

5. What things does God promise in Isaiah 13:11-22?

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Messages from the Graves

We humans always seem to be grappling with our mortality, with the apparent finality of death.

We can glean something of how death is perceived by a people, by a faith group, from the markers that have been left for those who have died.

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Read Isaiah Chapter 12
1. What will the remnant say when they return in that day according to Isaiah 12:1-2

2. What do you observe in the following verses?
□ Exodus 15:1-2?

□ Psalm 118:14

3. Copy Isaiah 11:3 here. Meditate on this verse and record what you observe.

4. Observe the praise that the remnant will give to God in Isaiah 12:4-6. Are these statements that you could make? Praise that you could give to God today? Why or why not?

 

Read Isaiah Chapter 11
1. What prophecy is given in verse 1? Who is Jesse?

2. What Spirit will rest upon Him?

3. How is He further described in Isaiah 11:3-5?

4. What do these verses teach you about the fear of the LORD?
□ Psalm 19:9

□ Psalm 111:10

□ Proverbs 8:13

□ Acts 9:31

5. What will the world be like when He rules according to Isaiah 11:6-9?

6. What does God say will happen to the remnant in Isaiah 11:11-16

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In most trials, there is some element of wanting to go back–of looking back to “better times” or to life before the loss, before the betrayal–before the illness.

We need to remember the lesson of Lot’s wife.

When morning came, the angels told Lot to hurry. “Get up,” they said, “and take your wife and your two daughters who are here; otherwise you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But he dallied, so the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand and the hands of his two daughters — Adonai was being merciful to him — and led them, leaving them outside the city.

When they had brought them out, he said, “Flee for your life! Don’t look behind you, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain, but escape to the hills! Otherwise you will be swept away.”

Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lord! Here, your servant has already found favor in your sight, and you have shown me even greater mercy by saving my life. But I can’t escape to the hills, because I’m afraid the disaster will overtake me, and I will die. Look, there’s a town nearby to flee to, and it’s a small one. Please let me escape there — isn’t it just a small one? — and that way I will stay alive.”

He replied, “All right, I agree to what you have asked. I won’t overthrow the city of which you have spoken. Hurry, and escape to that place, because I can’t do anything until you arrive there.” . . .

By the time Lot had come to Tzo‘ar, the sun had risen over the land. Then Adonai caused sulfur and fire to rain down upon S’dom and ‘Amora from Adonai out of the sky. He overthrew those cities, the entire plain, all the inhabitants of the cities and everything growing in the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a column of salt. Genesis 19:15-26 (CJB)

Sometimes we are like Lot’s wife. Things are so bad that God is having to rain down sulfur and fire on the place we were living, but we still think about that place with longing–we still think we might want to go back.

 

Isaiah Chapter 10

Read Isaiah Chapter 10
1. What type of judgment is being described in Isaiah 10:1-4?

2. What do you learn about the poor, widows and fatherless from the following verses?
□ Exodus 22:22
□ Deuteronomy 10:18

3. What judgment does God speak over Assyria in verses 5-19?

4. What does God promise for the remnant of Israel in Isaiah 10:20-24?

5. What do these verses teach us?
□ Psalm 30:5
□ Psalm 103:9
□ Isaiah 54:7

God’s loving purpose in chastening is that we yield to Him; but if we harden our hearts, then chastening becomes judgment (citations omitted). Israel was being led astray by false prophets and foolish leaders; the nation would not listen to God’s word . . . If God cannot bring us to repentance through His Word, then He must lift His hand and chasten us. If we do not submit to His chastening, then He must stretch out His hand and judge us. God is long-suffering, but we date not tempt Him by our careless or calloused attitude.
-–W.W. Weirsbe, Be Comforted: Isaiahdsc_1872.jpg

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 (NKJV)

Paul’s passion for those in the body of Christ is evident in the opening phrase of Romans 12 where he beseeches or urges us to present our bodies as living sacrifices.

If we are to do this presentation of our bodies (our lives) to God, it will have to be by the mercies of God. That is to say that God will be and is the power behind and the heart behind our desiring to dedicate our bodies (lives) to pleasing God.

He calls us to present our bodies–a voluntary action, a volitional choice–I (we) must make to be set apart for (holy) and pleasing to God.

The sacrifice I am to make is my body–and that is really all that I have to give to God.
Under the law, it is understood that in order to cover sin, to be holy and acceptable to God, a death must occur–more specifically, blood must be shed. Leviticus 11:17 instructs us blood makes atonement for the soul.

The sacrifice that I must present under the new covenant, established by Jesus and stamped with His authority as God by His resurrection, is to die to my flesh, to my own desires. This death to self will allow the Spirit of God to reign in my body. My life will then evidence the fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 5:22-23, namely love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control.

Paul finishes by saying this is my reasonable service. I am a bond servant of God, and in light of what He has done for me, it a small thing for me to give my life–my sacrifice–to Him.

As Paul said in Romans 6:19, [f]or just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.

We will be a slave to something. Paul makes it clear who we are to serve and what is required–nothing less than everything.