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 44-48
- Are You Tired? Let God Carry You. – based on our reading in Isaiah 44-48
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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God’s love and care for his people is greater than that of a nursing mother. He will not forget them. He says his people are engraved on the palm of his hands. This engraving is referring to a mark that cannot be erased. This was fulfilled through the scars on Jesus’ hands. After Jesus died on the cross, he showed his nail scarred hands to Thomas. (John 20:27). There is no greater picture of God’s love than this!
Do you ever feel forgotten by God? Isaiah felt this way in Isaiah 40:27, when he said he felt hidden from the Lord. David felt this way many times in the book of Psalms. Even Jesus cried out on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). Friends, God never forgets you! He is always with you and is completely faithful. In what area of your life are you tempted to doubt God? Write a prayer below asking God to help you trust him more.
In Isaiah 50:6, Isaiah prophesied of the suffering that Jesus would endure as he was beaten and spit on. Jesus gave his back to those who struck him. With his face set like flint, Jesus endured the humiliation of the cross and gave himself voluntarily for you and me. Is there any greater love?
Despite the extreme suffering Jesus was about to face, he did not waver. He was determined to fulfill God’s plan and mission for him. Friends, the race God has marked out for us takes perseverance. On hard days, we must press on with our face set like flint, to complete our calling. In what areas have you grown tired and weary? How does remembering what Christ has suffered for you, give you the strength to press on no matter what the cost?
Three times in this chapter the Lord says to his people, “Listen to me.” They were discouraged and he wanted them to pay attention, so he could comfort them. He wanted them to be reminded of how he had worked in the past through just one man alone, Abraham. God kept his promises to him and multiplied him and he would keep his promises to them too.
The enemy likes to use discouragement of God’s people to cause us to not trust in him. But we are encouraged when we remember the amazing work he has done in our own life and the lives of others. God is the same yesterday, today and forever and he is at work in our lives even when we don’t see it. He is a promise keeping God. Are you discouraged right now? Think back to a time when you saw God at work in your own life or in the life of a friend and write about it below. Take comfort in knowing that the same God, who was at work in the past, is at work in your life now. Do not let the enemy discourage you. God sees you and he loves you.
This passage begins with a celebration telling Zion to wake up, put on strength and put on their beautiful garments. The time of judgement is over. God has shown his holy arm before all the nations. The other nations who oppressed them have been brought low and it is time for rejoicing and singing. They are called to depart and separate from Babylon for the sake of purity and God goes with them – both before and behind them.
Just as God called his people to depart and live separate from the Babylonians, God has called us to separate from the world. Though we are to love the lost and reach out to them with the gospel, for purity sake, we are not to do as they do. We need to live in the world but not be of the world. We must always remember that God is with us. His presence goes before and behind us. We are not alone even when we are standing alone for truth. Is there a relationship in your life that the enemy has used to pull you away from the Lord? Maybe it’s not a person but rather someone you follow on social media, music you listen to or a book you are reading. It’s time to depart and separate yourself from that thing that is tempting you. Write a prayer below asking the Lord to give you the strength to follow him in this area.
Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah. He anticipated a Messiah that would suffer and be rejected. He would not have a physical beauty that would cause people to desire him. Like a lamb to the slaughter, he would be oppressed and afflicted, yet not open his mouth. He would bear our grief and sorrows and be crushed for our iniquities. By his wounds we would be healed.
Oh, what a wonderful Savior Jesus is! Isaiah said that the coming Messiah would not have a form of physical beauty that would make people desire him. Our culture puts far more value on physical beauty than God does. Jesus did not use the benefit of good looks to attract people to him. Sometimes in the church we are tempted to present the gospel in fancy ways to draw unbelievers. While it’s good to carefully present the gospel in the clearest way possible, it is not necessary to go over the top. How does knowing that Jesus did not use his outer appearance to attract people to him, free you from the pressure to speak eloquently when giving the gospel? How does knowing that God does not value physical beauty the same way man does, free you from the pressure to pursue physical beauty the way the world does?
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This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark for Isaiah 44-66.
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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