14 Lessons from The Book of Isaiah

As we look back over our study through our 3-part study through the book of Isaiah, there are 14 lessons we can begin applying to our lives today. #Biblestudy #Isaiah #WomensBibleStudy #GoodMorningGirls

Today the Good Morning Girls complete their study in the book of Isaiah! That was a LONG study — so today’s wrap-up and review is LONG but I love it. We have learned so much about our God and I pray it has stretched you and encouraged you.

Tomorrow we go on break through the end of the summer. Our next Bible Study will begin on Monday, September 13th. More details and resources for this study will be posted on the blog later in August. 

Until then – I have lots of Bible Studies available for you to do on your own with free videos and resources. You can find them all listed —> HERE.

Now let’s complete our study in Isaiah with this review going all the way back to the beginning.

Here’s 14 Lessons From the Book of Isaiah

1.) God’s Word Defines what is Good and Evil.

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!

(Isaiah 5:20)

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.

2.) No Matter What Happens God is Still On His Throne.

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. 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. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 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.

3.) 10 Facts about Satan’s Fall, Influence and Future.

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.
(Isaiah 14:12-15)

To read the 10 facts about Satan’s fall, influence and future go —-> here.

4.) God is both loving and judgmental.

Many people see God as only loving. As we read verse by verse through Isaiah, 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.
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.

(Isaiah 53:5,6)

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. 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.

6.) Jesus is coming again!

Isaiah 24:1 opens with the prophecy of God turning the earth upside down and shaking it. Isaiah writes:

Behold, the Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate,
    and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.

In the day that Isaiah was writing, Israel had rebelled against God and judgement was coming. In our present day, our world has rebelled against God too. Sin is rampant and very few choose to follow God. There are consequences for sin both in this life and the life to come.

But we do not need to give way to fear when we read of the coming tribulation and judgement in scriptures. Jesus is our hope. He is our salvation and he is coming again!

Are you ready?

If he were to return today – what would he find you doing?

No one knows the day or hour of his return but we should live expectantly – looking forward to his coming again! Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus.

7.) Don’t try to honor God with your lips, if your heart is far from him.

In Isaiah chapter 29, God’s people were pretending to honor God with their lips but their hearts were far from God.

Isaiah 29:13 says:

And the Lord said:
“Because this people draw near with their mouth
    and honor me with their lips,
    while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,
(Isaiah 29:13)

Jesus calls people who live this way…hypocrites.

In Matthew 15, Jesus quoted Isaiah 29:13. {Sidenote: I love how the Old Testament is connected to the New Testament in this way! Check this out!}

Jesus said to the Pharisees and scribes:

You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:

“‘This people honors me with their lips,
    but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
    teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
(Matthew 15:7-9)

You see, the Pharisees and scribes had created rituals and traditions that they expected everyone to keep. These were man made rules added to the words of God that they required people to follow. While they followed all of these rules and looked righteous on the outside, on the inside, their hearts were far from God.

Jesus condemned this by calling them hypocrites.

It is easy to speak eloquently and pretend to be close to God but God sees the heart. And over time when you take a look at the entirety of someone’s life, you can detect who is real and authentic — and who is not.

Draw near to God today and let his word and the Holy Spirit be your guide. He loves you so much!

8.) Muddled Thinking Leads to Muddled Living

From Isaiah chapters 1 through 35, Isaiah was prophesying that the Assyrian invasion would come.  So when we reach chapter 36 we get the historical narrative of the invasion just as he prophesied.  As the battle begins, the bigger battle as to who Israel would trust begins to play out.  Judah was tempted to trust in Egypt and then the king of Assyria tempted them with food and drink. 

And so King Hezekiah was scared and Isaiah encouraged Hezekiah to not be afraid and to trust in the Lord. 

So, Hezekiah spread out his problem before the Lord and cried out to him for deliverance. Since this was a military battle, he cried out to God as the Lord of hosts – or the Lord of armies.   God answered his prayers and destroyed the Assyrians in just one night.

Look what happened and how God answered his prayers in Isaiah 37:36 – “And the angel of the Lord went out and struck down a hundred and eighty five thousand in the camp of Assyrians.

Did you see that!! Hezekiah won a huge war – without fighting!!! He won it through prayer!

 It took just one angel to answer Hezekiah’s prayers.  Nothing is to hard for our God.

Are you praying powerful prayers or is your thinking muddled? Muddled thinking inevitably leads to muddled living.

Be on guard. All of the screens around us and social media can muddle our thinking. Stop scrolling on social media and seek God. 

Remember – in the end –  all of our time wasted on social media will be evidence that indeed, we did have time to pray. 

What change should you make in your daily life, so that you can devote more time to seeking God rather than scrolling? 

9.) Do not give way to fear. God is with you!

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.

Fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

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. 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. 

10. God Will Carry You and Sustain You

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he,
I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
~Isaiah 46:4

Are you tired from carrying too heavy of a load?

Sometimes heavy loads are put on us that we cannot escape – like health issues, financial issues, a sick friend or relative that needs help or a busy season at work.

But other times we are carrying too heavy of a load out of our own choice. We choose to strive after the things of this world and exhaust ourselves doing it and then we wonder — where is God?

Our God is faithful – from birth to old age he will carry you if you let him.

11. 10 Truths About Jesus from Isaiah 53

Isaiah 53 is one of the most fascinating chapters of the Bible. It is the most complete and descriptive prophetic word about the coming Messiah, in the Old Testament.

What makes this so interesting is that it was written many centuries before Jesus’ death. The predictions are so complex and precise that it verifies the divine inspiration of the Bible.

Nearly every single line of Isaiah 53 is repeated by a New Testament writer – that is how profound this chapter is!

While this chapter is a beautiful and stunning testimony of Christ, it is also one of the saddest chapters in scripture as it speaks of the crushing blows our Savior suffered so we could be forgiven of our sins.

To read the 10 Truths About Jesus – go —-> here.

12. What to Do When God Seems Silent

God’s people were acting like a nation that was doing all the right things. They seemed to be a people delighting in the nearness of God but they did NOT want the nearness of God.

They were acting.

They were acting authentic. They gave the appearance of being serious about their faith but they were simply hearers of the word and not doers.

Outwardly they looked obedient but inwardly they were rebelling.

And so Isaiah says the people were religious and had a spiritual veneer but it was all just appearances. Look at their reality in verses 3-4:

‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not?
    Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure,
    and oppress all your workers.
Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
    and to hit with a wicked fist.
Fasting like yours this day
    will not make your voice to be heard on high.

The people complained that they had fasted and prayed but God was not answering them. And God explains the reason for his silence.

The problem was the way they were treating each other. If they were truly seeking the Lord they would not be fighting. They were just going through the motions externally while their hearts were far from God.

Authentic Christianity is evidenced by the way we treat others.

13. Our Messiah is a Mighty Warrior Who Is Mighty to Save!

Isaiah 63 is a hard passage of scripture to read because Isaiah had a prophetic vision of the Lord’s wrath being poured out on his enemies. This is not going to be pretty.

“I have trodden the winepress alone,
    and from the peoples no one was with me;
I trod them in my anger
    and trampled them in my wrath;
their lifeblood spattered on my garments,
    and stained all my apparel.
For the day of vengeance was in my heart,
    and my year of redemption had come.
(Isaiah 63:3-4)

So why are his garments red, like someone who has stomped in a winepress? Verse 3 tells us he has trampled his enemies in his wrath and their blood has stained his garments.

This is hard to read – I know. It’s hard to imagine Jesus in battle as a mighty warrior. But verse 4 tells us, the day of vengeance was in his heart and this day of vengeance coincides with the day of redemption for His people. You see judgement is only fair because of salvation.

When Jesus came the first time, he was born as a baby in a manger – he came to give his life as a sacrifice for our sins. His blood was shed so we could have forgiveness and eternal life. But when he returns the second time – he will come in judgement. All those who have refused his salvation and rebelled against him — will face his wrath.

Pause — think about how much more precious our salvation is when we consider that we are saved FROM his wrath!

While it is difficult to look at the judgement of God, we must remember that there is a way out through salvation. And while vengeance is in his heart – redemption and grace are in his heart too!

2 Peter 3:9 tells us he is patient and merciful, not wanting any to perish and giving people plenty of time to repent.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
(2 Peter 3:9)

Final Conclusion:

14. The Lord is sovereign over all the earth.

As the book of Isaiah closes, we see the Lord on his throne in heaven, sovereign over all the earth.  He gives peace to his people like a flowing river and he speaks gently and tenderly to his children, like a mother would.  In the end, God triumphs as the nations are judged and his people are redeemed. 

The book has a sober ending as Isaiah gives a contrast between those who worship God and those who rebelled and will suffer eternal judgement.

God chose the picture of a mother to explain his comfort and care for his people.  While a father can be a comforter, there is something special about the comfort of a nursing mother to her child.  In John 14:26, Jesus says he has given us the Holy Spirit as a comforter.  He is with us and never leaves us. 

Always remember – God is with you. 
Lean hard on him today.
He loves you so much. 
And – There is always hope with Jesus!

Thank you for taking this journey through Isaiah with us. 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?

What’s next?

We are on break! We will start back with our fall Bible Study on Monday, September 13th. More details and resources for this study will be posted on the blog in August.

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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  1. I am starting the study of Isaiah and found where you had already studied it. Where can I find the beginning please. Sorry I missed it when you had it but wasn’t feasible at the time. I have followed you, Courtney for many years and you are a blessing to many. Keep up the good work and be blessed.
    Alice Adams

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