Today the Good Morning Girls complete their study in Isaiah 1-23. That means tomorrow we go on spring break through the month of March.
Our next Bible Study will begin on Monday, April 12th. More details and resources for this study will be posted on the blog later in March.
Now let’s complete our study in Isaiah 1-23 with this review…
Here’s 5 Lessons From Isaiah 1-23
In the book of Isaiah we see that Israel was in a state of deep moral confusion. Isaiah writes:
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
Israel had blurred the moral lines between what was right and what was wrong and friends, that is where we are at in our country today. Only the word of God will straighten out what is crooked.
God’s word is our standard for truth.
God defines what is good and evil.
Apart from God, our value system will be upside down. We will be confused as to what is good and what is evil. But God’s word is light. We must keep walking in the light.
No matter what happens in our world. No matter who is ruling – which nation – which country – which King – which President – no matter if there is a pandemic, an earthquake, or a war…
Jesus is still on his throne and he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
In Isaiah 6, we get a glimpse of the throne room of God!
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Isaiah saw the Lord ON his throne.
We serve a mighty God. He sits on the throne of the universe and while other rulers live and die, Jesus is alive forevermore!
Do not give way to fear. I know this world and the things we have to face, can be scary at times. But the King of Kings and Lord of Lords loves you and He is with you.
When we think about the first sin, we usually think about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But before Adam sinned, there was the fall of Satan.
In the book of Genesis, the serpent is already IN the garden. Satan was already a fallen angel but Genesis does not explain how he fell.
But in our reading in the book of Isaiah this week – we read about Satan before his fall. In Isaiah 14, there is prophecy referring to the fall of the kings of Tyre and Babylon. But as you read on, you begin to see by the exalted terms used in the passage, that the prophecy is actually referring to Satan and not the kings.
Isaiah 14:12-15 says:
“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
13You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the far reaches of the pit.
To read the 10 facts about Satan’s fall, influence and future go —-> here.
Many people see God as only loving.
God’s loving grace is emphasized in our churches today and that’s good. I love grace because it is the gospel. But you don’t have to read very far in the Bible before you run into judgement. Around page 3…or more specifically – Genesis 3, we see the fall of man and the judgement of God. And then a few pages later… in Genesis 6, we see the story of Noah and the Ark, and the flood that God used to judge the wickedness of mankind.
And then there’s our study through the book of Isaiah 1-23. As we read verse by verse, we can’t help but to take note, of chapter after chapter, of prophecy about the coming judgement of these nations:
- Babylon (Isaiah 13-14)
- Assyria (Isaiah 14)
- Philistines (Isaiah14)
- Moab (Isaiah 15-16)
- Syria and Israel (Isaiah 17)
- Ethiopia (Isaiah 18)
- Egypt (Isaiah 19)
- Egypt and Cush (Isaiah 20)
- Babylon (Isaiah 21:1-10)
- Edom (Isaiah 21:11-12)
- Arabia (Isaiah 21:13-17)
- Jerusalem (Isaiah 22)
- Tyre (Isaiah 23)
So, how can a loving God be so judgmental?
In order to understand God’s love for us and Jesus’ death on the cross for our salvation, we have to understand what we are saved from. Our salvation saves us from the judgement of God. But when we reject Jesus and salvation, we store up judgement on ourselves.
Look at Isaiah 53:5,6
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
As a child of God, may we never forget – even on the hard days – that God loves us so much! We will never have to face his wrath. He has forgiven us of all of our sins and he is Emmanuel – God with us. You are never alone. He is with you to the end!
5.) When God speaks, it happens.
When God speaks, it happens. In Isaiah 21:9, it says “Fallen, fallen is Babylon.”
We see this same repetition and phrase used in Revelation 18:1-2. It reads,
“After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. 2 With a mighty voice he shouted:” ‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’
The same fear and trembling that took place when Babylon fell the first time, will also take place one day when God judges the world. We see in Revelation 18:9-19, the world mourning the loss of Babylon. But in Revelation 18:20, God’s people rejoice over the judgement of Babylon.
What God says he will do – he will do. We can trust God’s word and because Isaiah is full of fulfilled prophecy, it is a message of hope and salvation.
As we come to the end of Isaiah 1-23, the story does not end for Israel. Though there is much coming judgement, the promise of a godly remnant remains.
The name Isaiah means salvation is of the Lord. Isaiah brought a message of hope through the prophecy of the coming Messiah. We will see this further unfold when we start back in the spring in our study of Isaiah,
There is always hope with Jesus!
Thank you for taking this journey through Isaiah 1-23 with me. It has been a blessing to study alongside of you!
Keep believing and keep walking with the King,
**Chime In** What have you learned during your time in Isaiah 1-23?
We are on spring break! We will start back in Isaiah on Monday, April 12th.
More details and resources for this study will be posted on the blog in March.
If you are looking to do a Bible Study
during our break, here’s a few I recommend:
Ecclesiastes – Wisdom for Living Well
A 6-Week In-depth Bible Study with a Free Video Series
With over 750 5-Star Reviews on Amazon – this is my most popular Bible Study! It is a verse-by-verse in-depth study of the book of Ecclesiastes. You can find all of the free resources for this study along with the video series —-> HERE.
Ruth – God’s Amazing Love for You
A 5-Week In-depth Bible Study with a Free Video Series
This is my second most popular study. It is a verse-by verse, in-depth study of the book of Ruth.
You can find all of the free resources for this study along with the video series —> HERE.
Rest and Release
A 4-Week Bible Study with a Free Video Series
You can find all of its resources and the free video seres —–> HERE.
Other books of the Bible
You can find all of the books of the Bible we have already studied together and the free resources to go along with those studies on this page —–> HERE.
I encourage you to pick a book of the Bible and study it on your own and I’ll be back in April to study with you again!
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