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Isaiah 58

Read Isaiah 58
1. What criticism does God make of their fasting in Isaiah 58:3-5?

2. What does God say about fasting, what He desires in the fast in Isaiah 58:6-12?

3. What does God promise if His people fast His way?

4. What does God say about the Sabbath in Isaiah 58:13-13-14? What promises does He make?

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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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The Sabbath

Many might hear the term “Sabbath” and think the concept is not relevant to a non-Jew in 2016. This would be faulty thinking, arising from a lack of biblical literacy. In fact, the Sabbath and the biblical teaching about the Sabbath is as relevant today as it was when it was given.

Read Genesis 2:1-3

1. What did God do on the 7th day of creation? Why do you think God set aside a day of rest for His people?

2. Copy Exodus 20:8 below. What does it tell you about the Sabbath in the eyes of God?

3. What purpose does God give for the Sabbath in Exodus 31:13-17?

4. What does God say about the Sabbaths in Ezekiel 20:12?

5. What did Jesus say about the Sabbath in Mark 2:27-28?

6. What does it means when God says the Sabbath was a sign between Him and the people of Israel?

7. What does it mean when God says He “blessed and sanctified” the Sabbath?

8. How can you apply these teachings on the Sabbath to your own life?

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