This is it! Our final week in Part 2 of Isaiah! This week we will read chapters 39-43 and we’ll be finished on Friday. Then the Good Morning Girls go on break.
Are you wondering what’s next?
On Monday, June 14th, we will begin our Summer Bible Study. We will continue on in the book of Isaiah and complete it by reading chapters 44-66. That journal is not complete yet, I am still working on it. So please check back at the end of May, for the post with all the Bible Study Resources for the summer study.
If you are looking for a Bible Study to do on your own during break, you can find all of our past Bible Studies listed —> here.
Now let’s get back to this week’s study and finish strong!!!
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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Isaiah questioned Hezekiah because he was trusting in his wealth and alliance with Babylon, rather than in the Lord. When Isaiah prophesied about the coming Babylonian exile, Hezekiah selfishly said that this was a good word because there would be peace and security in his lifetime. He showed no concern for his children’s children.
All Hezekiah cared about was himself. He was not concerned about the future generations of his people, who would face exile. God gave him 15 extra years to live and during that time he was only focused on his own comfort and success. Age does not always equal wisdom and having more time does not always mean that we are making good use of our time. Only God knows the numbers of years you will live. What will you do with the time God has given you? Will you spend it seeking comfort and success for yourself or will you use it for God’s glory? What is one area of your life where you have become selfish? What changes do you need to make so that you are not wasting the years God has given you, on only yourself?
Though Israel had rebelled, they are still God’s people and greatly loved by him. God’s word stands forever, and his greatness is revealed in nature. Not only is God sovereign over all creation but he is sovereign over all the powers of this world. He is self-existent and never grows tired. There is none comparable to him.
Even the young grow weary and weak. God’s great power is available to us but it’s not for those who are prideful and self-confident. The only way to receive God’s strength is to acknowledge our weaknesses and ask him for it. Then our strength will be renewed and refreshed as we walk forward in God’s purpose. In what area of your life are you feeling weary and tired today? God gives us a beautiful picture of the strength he wants to give you to walk, run and even soar. Admit to God your feelings of weariness. Seek the Lord and his strength. And as you go forward, wait on the Lord to give you HIS strength for the challenges ahead.
Isaiah calls on the nations to see the sovereignty of God. He is the beginning and the end, and everything is always under his control. He commands Israel to not give in to fear because God promises that he is with them. He says he will strengthen and help them and uphold them with his righteous right hand.
When the all-powerful and sovereign God of the universe says to not be afraid because he is with you – you can trust him. It can be scary to feel alone, but as God’s children, we are never alone. God is always with us. His love is tender, and he wants to help you. Name a time when you were afraid, and God helped you. Is there something you are afraid of right now? Close your eyes and imagine for a moment holding God’s right hand. Tell him about your fear and put that fear into his hand. Now leave it there with him and trust him to strengthen and help you.
God’s affection and love for Israel is expressed as he talks about how he chose them, delights in them and has put his spirit on them. We see God’s tenderness as he compares them to a bruised reed that he will not break. A reed is a fragile plant and can be easily broken, especially if it’s already bruised. A faintly burning wick is also fragile and can easily go out. But God is gentle and he will not let the reed break or the wick be quenched.
Life is hard. Sometimes we can feel bruised and battered from the twists and turns of life. God does not just toss a bruised reed or faintly burning wick aside. Instead, he seeks to heal the reed and help the flickering wick to burn more brightly. In what area of your life do you feel bruised? God loves you and he wants to heal your brokenness. Do not be afraid to tell him how you are feeling. He is gentle. You can trust him with your hurt and pain. If you are not hurting today, think about someone else who is hurting and be the hands and feet of Jesus to that person today. Deal with them tenderly and be a blessing in their life.
Isaiah 43 is a beautiful ending to the second part of our study through Isaiah. The Lord promises his people that when they go through the affliction of exile, he is with them. He is their creator, and he knows them by name. He will walk through the fire with them because he loves them. He wants them to forget their past sin and failures and look ahead to the new things God is about to do. Between Babylon and their return to Israel would be a wilderness but God would make a way in the wilderness and cause rivers in the desert. He would deliver them.
God knows you by name. You are precious in God’s eyes and loved. What a great comfort it is to know that through every trial God is with us and he will not let it overwhelm us to the point of ruin. While we want to remember all that God has done for us, we need to let go of past sin and failures and make room for God to do a new thing in our lives. What is in your past that you need to stop thinking about over and over? What do you need to let go of from your former years of life? Let. It. Go. God wants to do a new thing in your life and keep walking with the King.
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This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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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:
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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
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