Cue the Confetti! It’s time to begin!!! I am so excited to begin our Bible study in the Book of Isaiah 24-43!
The name Isaiah means salvation is of the Lord.
Isaiah brought to Israel and Judah, a message of judgement for their rebellion but also a message of hope for salvation, through the coming Messiah.
For the first part of Isaiah, Isaiah focuses on God’s judgement of Israel. Isaiah’s message is one of condemnation for their faithless rebellion against God. God’s people had turned their back on God and had become like the other nations around them. God would use the Assyrians and Babylonians to bring judgement upon them. Isaiah called on God’s people to turn back and seek the Lord and he assures them that after judgement, a godly remnant would remain.
For the second part of Isaiah, Isaiah announces that Israel’s punishment and exile is over, and salvation has come. We see that God is faithful to his covenant promises. No other prophet is quoted in the New Testament as much as Isaiah. Isaiah foretold the coming King of Israel, who would rule in justice and peace and would bear their sins.
The book of Isaiah offers the most complete prophetic picture of Jesus Christ in the entire Old Testament. Some of the prophecies fulfilled in Christ from the book of Isaiah are:
- He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14)
- He would be spit on and struck (Isaiah 50:6)
- He would be disfigured by suffering (Isaiah 52:14; 53:2)
- He would be rejected (Isaiah 53:1-3)
- He would bear our sins (Isaiah 53:4-5, 12)
- He would voluntarily die like a lamb to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7)
- He would heal the blind, lame, deaf, diseased, broken hearted and raise from the dead (Isaiah 26:19, Isaiah 29:18-19, Isaiah 61:1-2)
- He would be buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9)
- He would return to claim his own (Isaiah 60:2-3).
Because of all of these prophecies fulfilled in Christ, this book is a book of hope and salvation from the Lord.
Overview of Isaiah 24-43
The Purpose: God used Isaiah to proclaim judgement to his people, so they would repent and turn back to him. He also used Isaiah’s message of coming hope and salvation, to be a comfort to them.
The Author: Isaiah was a well-educated prophet, who was married, with two children. Tradition holds that Isaiah was martyred by being sawn in two. Isaiah ministered during the reign of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. Isaiah was a contemporary to the prophets Hosea and Micah. More about Israel’s history during this time period can be found in 2 Kings 15-21 and 2 Chronicles 26-33.
Time Period: 740-680 B.C.
Key Verse: Isaiah 12:2
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.
Message of Judgement (1-35)
- The coming judgement of Israel and Judah (1-5)
- Isaiah’s calling (6-7)
- Judgement and hope (8-12)
- Judgement of the other nations (13-24)
- Promised restoration (25-27)
- Judgement and salvation (28-35)
Isaiah and Hezekiah (36-39)
Messages of Comfort and Salvation (40-66)
- The Lord’s plan of restoration for Israel (40-45)
- The fall of Babylon (46-48)
- Salvation through the servant (49-56)
- Call to repentance (57-59)
- Glorious salvation (60-65)
- God’s righteous and final judgement (66)
For an even more in-depth Introduction to this week’s reading, watch this video. It is a great explanation of Isaiah!
NOW LET’S GET STARTED!
This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
(Facebook Leaders: You can use this as your Facebook Header this week. Just right click and “save as” or screen shot it.)
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 opens this chapter with the word, “Behold”. Behold means to gaze upon or to observe. Isaiah is inviting us to take a closer look at God’s unfolding judgement on the earth. During the Great Tribulation, many will die, and the earth will seem empty. God’s judgment will touch everyone and everything. No one and nothing will be excluded. But we see in verse 14, that even in the midst of judgement there will be those who rejoice in their salvation.
If you have an extra minute, turn to Revelation 7:9-14 and look at the many who will trust in Jesus during the Great Tribulation. Those of us who know the Lord, can see God’s goodness and glory even in his judgement. We can see that God is ushering in an entire new world that is glorious. When you look at the chaos and brokenness of this world, how does your future hope of justice and an eternity in heaven give you strength?
We see in verse one that God’s word is reliable. What he says he will do, he will do. All of God’s plans will take place, just as he said they will take place. After God’s judgement, there will be peace. All of the death and destruction that no one was escaping –will be swallowed up forever! Then, there will be a great feast to celebrate God’s victory.
Verse 8 says that the Lord will wipe away all the tears from their faces. At the end of the Bible, in Revelation 21:4 it says the same: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
We see the gentleness and tenderness of our Heavenly Father here, as he does not just hand us a Kleenex, but he himself wipes the tears away. How many tears does it say he will wipe away? And how is this passage comforting to you as a child of God?
Isaiah 26 is a song that will be sung on the day when the Messiah reigns. The people will celebrate their safety and salvation because they have trusted in the Lord. The word shalom is used in verse 3 for the peace that his people will experience. In the Hebrew, it says, “shalom shalom”, which emphasizes an intense peace – so in the English – it says he will keep them in “perfect peace”. What a wonderful promise! He is an everlasting rock to his people.
A wonderful promise of peace is given to those whose mind is fixed on God because they trust in him. In order to have perfect peace, we must focus on the Lord rather than our problems. Satan wants us to do the opposite and so the battle for peace is first won in our minds. But we can’t just do this once – we have to do it over and over and keep our mind “stayed” on him. Is there something in your life that is making you anxious? What is stealing your peace today? How can you refocus your mind on the Lord and trust him more today?
In the day of Lord, the Lord will defeat Satan and bring his people back to himself. He says a great trumpet will be blown that will cause all those who were driven away to return and worship the Lord. We see in the Old Testament a trumpet was used in Numbers 10:1 to gather the people together and a trumpet was blown on the day of atonement. (Lev. 25:9). We also see in the New Testament, that when it speaks of the return of Jesus, the angels will give a loud trumpet call to gather the elect from the ends of the earth. And then in the end, in Revelation 11:15, an angel will blow a trumpet signaling God’s kingly rule.
Trumpets were used to signal war, gather people for an assembly, to signal the start of a great feast and to announce a victory. Like a trumpet cry, the gospel message calls out for those who are lost, to turn to the Lord. It is a battle cry against sin and God has won the victory! In the end, all of those who have responded to the gospel will hear the last trumpet and gather together with all the saints, to worship the Lord on his throne. Until then, how can you rejoice in knowing that the victory is sure? We live in a world where many feel hopeless, how does this future hope give you strength even in difficult times?
Isaiah 28:16 is quoted in 1 Peter 2:6 and it reveals that Jesus is the sure foundation for our lives. The word “foundation” means a structure that supports from underneath. This can either be stone or concrete or it can refer to an idea, principle or fact that supports something. God says Jesus is to be our rock! He is “a precious cornerstone.” The cornerstone is the first stone set in the construction of the foundation. All other stones will be set in reference to this stone and determine the position of the entire structure.
Is Jesus your cornerstone? The foundation this world offers is weak and full of lies. Anything we build on the foundation of this world, will fail in the long run. Jesus is a steady, secure, strong foundation and anything we build with him will last forever. When our lives are built on his sure promises, we have no reason to fear. What or who are you tempted to make the foundation of your life and why? What changes do you need to make today, to make Jesus the foundation of your life?
To print the 20 Reflection and Discussion Questions for Isaiah 24-43 –> 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 24-43.
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.
Don’t Miss the Daily Check-Ins
on Facebook and Instagram!
Join us EVERY weekday morning ANYTIME after 7:00amEST on Facebook
to discuss the day’s reading assignment.
The book of Isaiah is not an easy read. I commend you for committing to study this book with us! If you want to go deeper in your study, I encourage you to use on-line commentaries and Bible Study tools.
Now, let’s get started! Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite drink and open your Bible and SOAK it in! Some of the chapters are quite long, so be sure to leave at least 20 minutes for your reading each day.
Have a wonderful week in God’s Word – I’ll see you back here on the blog this Friday as we go deeper into God’s Word together! Don’t forget to join me every weekday morning out on Facebook and Instagram!
Keep walking with the King,
The optional Isaiah 24-43 Journal is still
available on Amazon!
If you’d like to purchase a printable-digital copy
(so you have it right away) at half the price
click the Buy Now button below.
We also have a Good Morning Guys Isaiah 24-43 Journal
for your husband or sons ages 10 and up.
Both journals have an identical interior.