Welcome back to Week 4 in the Book of Isaiah! Great job sticking with us – we are almost to the end!! Don’t stop now.
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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Isaiah starts out chapter 59 with the word “behold”. Behold means to pause and focus your thoughts. Observe this truth. The Lord’s hand is not too short to save or ear too dull to hear. We have an all-powerful sovereign God, and he can hear just fine. The problem was their sin. Their sin had separated them from God. As a result, God’s face felt hidden from them and it felt like he was not hearing them.
Do you ever feel like God is hidden? Or like you are praying but God is not hearing you? God is with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Because of Jesus’ death on the cross and his payment for our sins, we are forgiven and no longer separated from God. But sin in our lives can break our fellowship with God. It lures us away from his heart and as a result we may reap what we have sown. We may miss out on blessings or reap painful consequences and it can feel like God is far away. Is there sin in your life you need to confess? Have you been tempted to blame God for a difficult circumstance in your life that your own sin has caused? God is near and he hears your every prayer. Confess your sin today. Jesus loves you.
For the last two chapters we have seen God’s people wrestle with darkness. But now, in chapter 60, the light has come and so God tells his people to rise and shine! In verse 19, he says that one day, the sun shall be no more for the Lord will be our everlasting light. The sun will no longer need to go down and they’ll be no need for the moon. We will live in light forever. This prophecy is also given in Revelation 21:22-23, where John speaks of the New Jerusalem and he says: “And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”
We are so used to our lives being divided into night and day. But one day in heaven, there will be no more night. It will always be daytime. We will have no need for a place of worship because God’s presence will always be with us. What a great hope this is! The light of the world has come and so now, we must walk in the light. Are you shining so others can see that you are walking in the light? In what ways is your walk with God evident in your lifestyle?
Isaiah begins this chapter prophesying about the coming Messiah. In Luke 4:16-22, Jesus stood up in the synagogue, opened the scroll to Isaiah 61 and read this exact passage. Then he said, “today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Jesus was sent to bring good news to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, and to free those oppressed by sin. It says in verse 3, that he gives those who are mourning – a beautiful headdress instead of ashes. Life can be very difficult sometimes. We live in a harsh world where unfair things happen, hearts are broken and loved ones are lost. But in the midst of our pain and sorrow, God is there with us. He wants to bring beauty from our ashes and set us free. Do you feel stuck today in sin or pain or sorrow? What is causing you to feel this way? Write a prayer below giving your pain to Jesus – ask him to restore you and exchange beauty for your ashes.
God loves his people so very much. They are a precious crown of beauty to him. Zion’s coming salvation would reveal that they were not a forsaken people and like a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so God rejoices over his people.
God doesn’t just love his children; he rejoices over them. This is also written in Zephaniah 3:17, where it says: The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Just as we sing and rejoice in the Lord, God sings. Can you imagine God singing? And can you imagine God singing because he is rejoicing over you? I don’t think we can fully comprehend the depth of God’s love for us and we underestimate the joy he takes in us. But Zephaniah says his love quiets us. How does knowing God sings and rejoices over you, quiet you?
God is not only mighty to save; he is mighty to judge. He alone is the only one who can judge, and he judges to avenge his redeemed. Isaiah recounts the Lord’s great mercy and steadfast love, even while they are in exile. He is a loving father who felt their pain with them but even in his great mercy, they rebelled against him. Their hearts were hard, and they turned against him.
God’s love is steadfast. That means his love for us is faithful, loyal and sure. He is a covenant keeping God who keeps his word to us. Even when we are at our lowest, his love for us is unwavering. Take a moment to recount God’s steadfast love for you. Write below about a time when you turned your back on God or disobeyed him and you experienced his mercy and steadfast love. Then praise him for his love toward you in both the good and bad times.
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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:
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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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