Welcome back to Week 4 in the Book of Isaiah! We are over halfway through – great job sticking with us!! Don’t stop now.
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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.)
Isaiah reveals that the sin of Moab is their pride. They took great glory in their vineyards and so God was about to destroy all their vineyards. The prophet’s heart continued to mourn for them because he could see that they were seeking joy and fulfillment in all the wrong places. Isaiah concludes this chapter by warning the Moabites that within 3 years, all of this devastating judgement would take place.
It is interesting to note that Moab’s sin was pride because they were not a mighty nation like Assyria or Babylon. This reminds us that we are all susceptible to the temptation of pride, whether we are great in the world’s eyes or not. Reflect on your own life now. Is there an area in your life where pride has crept in? When was the last time you bragged about something big or small to someone else? God has a way of humbling us when we go too far with our pride. So, rather than facing God’s humbling discipline, confess that pride now to the Lord.
Damascus was the beautiful capital city of Syria and God was about to bring them down to a heap of ruins. As a result of the coming judgement, some would respond and turn back to the Lord. God used the destruction of their wooden images, altars and strong cities to turn them back to himself. This fulfills the purpose of God’s judgement.
When we begin to go astray and trust in the things of this world, that is not best for us. So, sometimes God will remove the things we are trusting in, to turn our focus back to him. Has God ever removed something from your life so that you would be more focused on him? Who or what are you trusting in today? Is there anything that you are depending on more than God?
God sees all from his dwelling place. Nothing is kept a secret from him. He patiently waits in stillness, as he observes the nations. His good presence is welcomed by his people, like the heat of sunshine after the rain, that causes plants to flourish. His presence is also like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. The dew refreshes the ground, and the cloud is a blessing to the workers.
God protects and cares for his people in all seasons of life. Does the Lord seem silent or slow in your life right now? He has not left you alone. He sees you. At just the right time, he will move in your life. Often times, we cannot see the moves he is making, until we look back with a better perspective. Think of a time when God seemed still or silent but later you were able to see that he was watching over you and taking care of you. How was he at work in your life during that time?
Oppression caused the Egyptians to cry out to God for help and God heard their cries. He said he would send a savior and defender to deliver them. This prophecy was fulfilled through Christ, the savior of the world, who delivers us from our sin.
Jesus is our savior and defender. He delivers us from the oppression of sin. To be oppressed is to be under the control of something or to be in distress because of the authority and power something or someone has over you. Have you ever felt oppressed by your own sin? What caused you to feel this way and how is Jesus your savior and defender?
Sometimes God asked his prophets to use visible signs to help his people understand their warnings. So, God gave Isaiah an assignment to live for three years unclothed, as a sign to Judah to not look to Egypt to protect them from Assyria. Some say that Isaiah removed his outer garment but would have still had on his undergarments. The point was that he would be dressed as one who is poor and destitute and in great need of help.
Sometimes we look for security in all the wrong places. Perhaps we look for it in a person, a place, a thing or our bank account. When we trust in the temporal things of this earth, we inevitably end up disappointed. Sure, temporarily they bring security but nothing here on earth is for sure. The one thing that is always guaranteed is change. There is no firm foundation or security in life except in the Lord. What or who do you lean on for security in life? Has this person or thing taken the place of God in your life? How can you trust in God more today?
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,