Welcome back to Week 2 in the Book of Isaiah!
The daily reflections you have shared out on Instagram and Facebook have been wonderful! They are such an encouragement! If you missed those discussions – I hope you will join us this week. They are so helpful!
Here are the links to last week’s posts on the blog, in case you missed any of them:
- Intro and Resources for Isaiah 1-5
- When Evil is Called Good and Good is Called Evil – based on our reading in Isaiah 1-5
If you are looking for guidance for the color coding and daily insight into the reading – please visit me on Instagram and visit the hashtag #WomenLivingWell – there are lots of women posting their pictures of their color coded Bibles and their reflections on our reading. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do this and not all of our Bibles will look alike.
Here’s what mine looked like last week:
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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.)
King Uzziah was a good king and in the year that he died, Isaiah saw the Lord sitting on his throne, high and lifted up. Though Israel was being rebellious to God, God was still on this throne. The train of his robe filled the temple. This temple was not the one in Jerusalem but the heavenly temple. The train must have been amazing! Angelic creatures surrounded his throne calling out, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The temple shook and was filled with smoke.
Pause and take in this majestic view of God. In the midst of all the chaos, where was God? He was still on his throne, in complete control. When Isaiah compared himself to God, he was afraid because of his sinfulness, but then God atoned for his sin and took away his guilt. What a beautiful picture of amazing grace. God has given us this same amazing grace, through his son Jesus. Does the world around you seem chaotic? Is there something you are worried about today? How does seeing God as he is, on his throne reigning in all his glory and authority, bring you peace?
The prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 is one of the most famous prophecies in the Bible. Matthew 1:22-23 says, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us)”. So, according to Matthew, the virgin is Mary and the son is Jesus.
Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14. He is both God and man and his deity is what makes him able to be our savior. He is Immanuel – God with us! He came to both live and die, so that we would not have to die, but rather live with him. Do you sometimes feel alone or lonely? When or why do you feel this way? How does remembering that you are never alone, and God is always with you, help you feel less alone?
The Assyrians were about to invade Judah. As they waited, Isaiah reminded them not to sit and wait on their enemies but instead to wait on the Lord. He wanted them to take their focus off of the Assyrian army and instead focus on God and put their hope in him.
When we are fearful, God wants us to trust in him. Waiting on him means that we will not focus on all the things we fear the most but instead be paying attention to God’s every move. Is there something you are afraid of today? How can you shift your thoughts from focusing on the thing you fear most, to focusing on God and putting your hope in him?
Jesus’ birth fulfilled this prophecy. He came as both fully God and fully man and his names describe who he is and what he can do. He is a Wonderful Counselor. There is no one more qualified to guide your life than him. He is the Mighty God. He is the one worthy of all worship and praise. He is the Everlasting Father. He has no beginning and no end. He is the Prince of Peace. When we trust in him, he causes our hearts to be at peace.
In what area of your life do you need counsel? Is something stealing your peace today? Write it below and then be still. Remember that Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor and the Prince of Peace. He wants you to come to him with your worries and concerns. He is a mighty God who is with you and loves you. Pray and put your trust in him.
Israel and their leaders had forsaken the poor in their times of need. They had no mercy for the weak. And so, in their times of need, there would be no mercy for them. Without God, they had no protection or strength against their enemies. God used their enemies to judge them. Essentially, Assyria was doing the Lord’s work when they went into battle against Israel, Judah and Syria. They were God’s instruments of wrath.
In the book of Isaiah, we see the sovereignty of God through fulfilled prophecy in how he uses Israel’s enemies to judge them. This shows us how God can use things that seem bad in our lives, for our good. Name a time when you faced painful opposition but later saw the good in it? God cares about how you are treated, and he loves you. Keep trusting in him.
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,
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