Welcome back to Week 3 in the Book of Isaiah! Thank you to everyone sharing in the comments on Facebook and Instagram. You are doing so good! Keep on going!!!
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This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
(Leaders: Copy and paste these into your groups. If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.)
It was foretold that the Messiah would come from the House of Jesse, who was the father of David. And the Spirit of the Lord would be on the Messiah, with a spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Jesus is perfect in wisdom and counsel because he understands all things. He has knowledge that we do not have, so his ways are higher than ours. He is all powerful and able to do more than we can ask or imagine. What an amazing savior we have! Jesus knows everything including our thoughts and heart desires — and he loved us so much, he died for us. How does remembering that Jesus is full of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, and knowledge, remind you that you have a sympathetic savior, who cares for you?
Even though they have felt the wrath of God, this short chapter is full of praise because God is their salvation. They have peace in the midst of turmoil because they have chosen to trust in God. This choice has removed their fear and given them strength, confidence and a song in their hearts.
Some people try to be their own salvation through good works. As a result, life is hard and full of anxiety. But our salvation is through our faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection alone. How has your decision to trust in Jesus for your salvation, given you peace and strength? What are you worried about today, that you need to trust God with?
Isaiah speaks of the judgement of Babylon, in the day of the Lord. The day of the Lord is more than one day. It’s more like a season. This prophecy has a double fulfillment that is both near and far. Isaiah is referring to both the judgement of the Babylonian Empire and the final judgment, when Jesus returns.
When we consider how God can literally shake the heavens and the earth, we are reminded of his great strength and power. Our God is unshakable! We can trust in him more than the ground we walk on. Look out the window now at all God has created. List below a few of the things you see, that remind you of the glory and brilliance of God. Remember that the creator of this universe loves you and you can trust in him. He is a firm foundation to build your life upon.
God is sovereign. He is all powerful and all that he plans or purposes – will be. We see God’s sovereignty woven throughout all of the book of Isaiah, as prophecies are fulfilled, and nations are brought low. Nothing can stop God. He is sovereign over all of nature and all the nations. What he says he will do – he does.
Because God is full of wisdom, justice and mercy, we can trust in God’s plan. We do not have to fear what our future holds, because we know who holds the future. How does God’s sovereignty bring you comfort and in what area of your life do you need to trust God more?
Isaiah saw how devastating the judgement of God was about to be on the people of Moab and he lamented. The Moabites had always been enemies of Israel but King David’s grandmother, Ruth, was a Moabite. This meant that King David himself was one-fourth Moabite. The pain that Moab would experience would be seen by all. God would complete his judgement, and none would escape. So this caused Isaiah to experience sadness on their behalf.
Though the Moabites were enemies of Israel, Isaiah notably had empathy toward them in their distress. In Matthew 5:44, Jesus tells us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. Who is someone you would consider an enemy in your life? How can you have a more tender spirit toward them? Write a prayer below for your enemy and release them to the Lord.
To print the 23 Reflection and Discussion Questions for Isaiah 1-23 – Click Here.
This Week’s Verses of the Day:
(Leaders: You can use these images in your groups by using right click and “save as” or screen shoting them.)
Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark for Isaiah 1-23.
Here’s another explanation of the SOAK Bible Study Method and Bible Coloring Chart if you need more guidance:
Here is the SOAK method I refer to in the video:
And the Bible Coloring Bookmark:
Click HERE to Print the full page Coloring Chart
or Click HERE for the Bookmark Coloring Chart
Here are the highlighters, pens and pencils I refer to in the video:
Highlighters – Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider
Fine Line Non-bleeding Pens – Micron Archival Ink and Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
I use the ESV Inductive Study Bible as my personal study Bible.
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Keep walking with the King,