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Isaiah 26:16: Lord, they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them, they could barely whisper a prayer.
Isaiah 43:2: When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 2: Isaiah 26:16; 43:2 & Others
Israel: 2 Kings 17:1-23: They have done evil in my eyes and have aroused my anger from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until this day. The kings did evil. They worshiped other gods8 and followed the practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced. The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right. From watchtower to fortified city they built themselves high places in all their towns.10 They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.11 At every high place they burned incense, as the nations whom the Lord had driven out before them had done. They did wicked things that aroused the Lord’s anger. They worshiped idols. They never turned from their evil ways. They disobeyed all God’s commands repeatedly.
Judah: 2 Kings 25:1-21: they have done evil in my eyes and have aroused my anger from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until this day. God allowed Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to march against Jerusalem with his whole army. The people starved and were taken captive by Babylon. The temple was destroyed. The sons of Zedekiah were killed. All the buildings were burned and destroyed. The people were exiled to Babylon.
4a) God sent his Son to redeem His people. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding itwith justice and righteousnessfrom that time on and forever.
b) He preserved a remnant. The people were freed from exile and allowed to return home to Jerusalem. God still watched over His people and protected them. He was always with them. He gave them hope with prophets and with prophecies, such as that of Jesus. The people knew there was more to life than just this.
5a) The same question I always have: why didn’t the people see their evil ways before the exile? Why didn’t they return to the Lord sooner?
b) God is always with His people and us no matter our sufferings. Even in our darkest days and in the midst of punishment sent by God, He is there. This gives me comfort during my struggles.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 2: Isaiah 26:16; 43:2 & Others
Great passages on how God is still with His people and offers hope despite their suffering.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 2: Isaiah 26:16; 43:2 & Others
We don’t have to fear if we have the Lord in our lives. We should remember the three sons who did not burn when thrown into the fire for their refusal to worship idols. (Daniel 3:19-25).
No matter our fires, God is just a prayer away.
God’s judgment of Israel and Judah revealed His sovereignty, upheld His purposes, and showed His glory.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 5: Skim Isaiah 58-66
12) Isaiah 58:9-14 lists if the people will turn from their ways, The Lord will guide them always, they will find joy and triumph in the heights of the land.
If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
Isaiah 59:20: “The Redeemer will come to Zion,to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the Lord.
13) Isaiah 61:10: I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
I just love the picture of being wrapped up in God’s salvation and Jesus as the bridegroom and me as the bride. This is a beautiful picture of how much God loves me. This verse is very encouraging in the hard times.
14a) God has made us all and shaped us all to do His will. He is in control. He is in control of nations. We are to obey God as our Creator.
b) We all want to do our own thing, especially when God’s will for our lives is hard. We want to be in control, but we are not. Submitting to His will is the hardest part.
15) God judges His people, but He loves them so much He always calls them back to Him and offers them salvation. Those who choose God will see salvation. Those who forsake God faces judgment.
16) This verse helps me to remember that God made me for a purpose and to keep at it no matter the hardships and circumstances that arise. God looks on me with favor.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 5: Skim Isaiah 58-66
Short overview of the end of Isaiah. Love how God judges us for our own good and then welcomes us back with open arms when we return to Him.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 5: Skim Isaiah 58-66
Isaiah 58: The Lord blesses true worship, not half-hearted worship. Those who worship Him truly will be blessed. Israel is called to forsake sin.
Isaiah 59: The sins of man have separated them from God. Therefore, judgment and darkness comes. But when you confess you guilt, salvation and redemption come.
Isaiah 60: God’s kingdom is lighted in glory. Great treasures await Israel. The other nations against Israel will be judged. Israel shall inherit the land forever. God’s kingdom is coming.
Isaiah 61: Isaiah speaks as the Messiah and proclaims what he will do. God’s people will rebuild the ruins and be set apart to serve the Lord. They will rejoice and have an everlasting covenant with God. The people will receive blessings, salvation, and righteousness.
Isaiah 62: Zion will be clothed in righteousness and glory. Zion will be loved like a bridegroom loves his bride. God will protect Zion. The Lord will come to Jerusalem. The Messiah will come to Zion. The people will be delivered.
Isaiah 63: The Lord will have vengeance when Jesus will judge the nations and all on earth. The people will remember God’s mercy and might and plea for restoration.
Isaiah 64: God’s people remember His works and plead for Him to come in power and glory. Yet, the people’s sin still stands in the way. The people ask God to remember them and to act.
Isaiah 65: The Lord answers the prayer of the remnant from Isaiah 64. A blessing is promised for the true servants of God. The false servants will see vengeance. The Lord promises a new heaven and earth. The 2nd coming will be blessed.
Isaiah 66: The Lord will repay His enemies and deliver Jerusalem. The Lord will judge the nations and restore His people.
Israel will be restored similar to a barren woman who now bears children. Remember that having kids was paramount in ancient times, and if you were barren, you were shamed. Here, the Lord gives barren women children. Israel will be released from exile and their shame.
God will not forsake Israel. He promises them prosperity, peace, and protection.
God invites us to receive His blessings and be led by Him. God invites us to be forgiven by Him.
God’s ways are not our ways; He is higher in all respects.
God will accomplish His purpose as His word says.
We will have joy and blessing with restoration.
Isaiah says to stay obedient and keep your righteousness. Do what is right and you will be blessed. No one is excluded from God’s blessings.
God’s temple (or house) shall be a house of prayer for all nations.
God will judge the blind leaders of Israel.
The idolatry of God’s people is like spiritual adultery, which is what caused their exile.
The wicked make fun of the righteous. God will judge His people for their disobedience.
The way of peace and restoration is Jesus. We must understand God’s majesty, His love for us, and be humble.
God will redeem His people, but the wicked will have no peace.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 4: Isaiah 54-57
54:7: God cares for us and always brings us back to Him.
55:1-7: God welcomes everyone and provides everything they need. He will have mercy on all and forgive all.
55:8-13: God’s ways are not our ways, neither are his thoughts. His ways and thoughts re higher than ours. God’s word accomplishes His purposes.
57:15: For this is what the high and exalted One says—
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
11a) This is a daily occurrence for me since I don’t understand much of what happens in my life without Him.
b) I know that God has it, so I don’t have to worry about it.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 4: Isaiah 54-57
Because of what Jesus did, we are delivered. God calls us of us to turn to Him. Incredibly beautiful!
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 4: Isaiah 54-57
Israel will be restored similar to a barren woman who now bears children. Remember that having kids was paramount in ancient times, and if you were barren, you were shamed. Here, the Lord gives barren women children. Israel will be released from exile and their shame.
Jesus (the servant) will act wisely. He will be raised, lifted up, and exalted. His appearance was disfigured.
Jesus was despised. He had no beauty of majesty. Nothing in his appearance that we should desire.
Yet, he bore our suffering. He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities. He suffered our punishment that brought us peace. By his wounds we are healed.
We’ve gone astray and turned away.
Yet, Jesus was slaughtered like a lamb for us. It was God’s will this happen, the servant our sin offering. Jesus will be great.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 3: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
6a) Jesus (the servant) will act wisely. He will be raised, lifted up, and exalted. His appearance was disfigured. Jesus was despised. He had no beauty of majesty. Nothing in his appearance that we should desire. Yet, he bore our suffering.
b) Just as there were many who were appalled at him[b]—
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,[c]
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
7a) Jesus willingly suffered for my sins. He died and was punished because of me. He brought me peace with God.
b) There are powerful verbs here: pierced, crushed, despised, rejected, oppressed, afflicked, slaughtered. Jesus, who was sinless, suffered terrible pain for our sins. It shows me the depth of the love that Christ holds for me, which is hard to comprehend.
8a) It’s really quite simple: Jesus bore our sins and died for us. He was arrrested; he stood trial; he was forsaken; he was convicted; he was mocked; he was crucified.
b) God always (and still does) have a plan for all of humanity and for me who plays a role in humanity. He wanted his people to know that the ulitmate home was coming; that God would save all.
9) Dear Lord. Thank you for having a plan, for bringing that plan to fruition to save the world, and for having a plan for the future when we’ll all worship you here on earth. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice of your son for us. We are so blessed, so in awe of you. We humbly worship you. Thank you. Amen
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 3: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
I love how God is so good to reveal His plans to us. So humbling what Jesus did that it’s hard to put into words.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 3: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
God called Isaiah to be his servant before Isaiah was born. God will display His splendor thorugh Isaiah. He told Isaiah he would bring back Israel, Jacob, and the Gentiles to him. Isaiah chose you. God will restore Israel. The people will not hunger or thirst. God will have compassion on them. The Lord comforts His people. He does not forsake them.
Other nations will bow down to Israel. God will have his revenge on Israel’s enemies. Then all will know that God is the Savior and Redeemer of Jacob.
The Lord tells Israel that they were exiled because of their transgressions. God tells Isaiah what to say. God helps him. He has awakened Isaiah’s ears to hear and his eyes to see. He has not been rebellious or turned away like Israel. He is confident in the Lord.
The Lord has blessed Israel and looks with compassion on them. He will bring justice, righteousness, and salvation. He will bring salvation forever, and God’s righteousness will never fail. He entreats the Israelites to awaken. He will rescue and comfort them. They are His people, and God will set them free.
Ruin has come to Israel because they rebuked him. However, the Lord will take the cup of his wrath from them and give it to their tormentors instead to drink. He defends His people.
The Lord tells his people to awaken and to know His name. Yet, God reigns and will bring salvation to earth.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 2: Isaiah 49-52:12
3a) God called Jesus to be his servant before he was born. God will display His splendor thorugh Jesus. He told Jesus he would bring back Israel, Jacob, and the Gentiles to him. Kings will bow before Jesus. God chose Jesus. God will restore Israel.
b) God tells Jesus what to say. God helps him. He has awakened Jesus’s ears to hear and his eyes to see. He has not been rebellious or turned away like Israel. He is confident in the Lord.
4a) Everyone expected the Messiah to be a Savior, a warrior, and very kingly. No one expected him to be humble, a healer, and a peacemaker. Eternal salvation.
b) It strokes the ego to have others adore you and admire you. In addition, being a servant is hard work.
5) Isaiah 49:1: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
It just gives me cofmort to know that the Lord has had a plan since the beginning of time, and it is playing out. It also gives me comfort to know that God knew me before I was born. It gives me a purpose to do His purpose because I matter to Him at the very least.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 2: Isaiah 49-52:12
Long passages of reading again, so hang in there! These can be confusing with the alternating of Isaiah speaking and God speaking and God speaking to Isaiah and to his people. The gist is that the Messiah has a mission to save and redeem the world and God’s people, so we can find comfort in that and be joyous.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 2: Isaiah 49-52:12
Isaiah 49 discusses the Messiah’s mission. We see Jesus called and be prepared for his role before birth. The reference to Israel is a reference to Jesus.
Jesus blesses Israel and the nations. Jesus is to bring Israel back to the Lord and to bless the Gentiles, too.
Jesus is the covenant to the people.
The Lord is faithful to Zion and promises to bless them. He will not forget them.
Servant Song #1: Isaiah 42:1-9. Jesus is the light to nations.
Servant Song #2: Isaiah 49:1-13: The Messiah’s mission
Israel is questioning if God cares about them. God declares His love for them and is seen in Jesus’ submission to the Lord.
Jesus speaks to his people and challenges them to submit to God, too.
Servant Song #3: Isaiah 50:4-11: The Servant obeys, while Israel fails.
God’s past faithfulness will bring future blessing.
He says “Listen to me” three times here to get His people’s attention.
He will bring salvation and righteousness forever.
The people should fear God, not men.
The Lord is powerful, yet full of wrath.
The Lord will redeem Israel and He will vindicate His name before all who blasphemy it.
Be confident in the Lord.
Servant Song #4: Isaiah 52:13-53:12: The suffering of God’s servant in order to rid us of our sin forever.
God will send His promised Messiah to establish His kingdom, but the Messiah will suffer and will accomplish God’s purpose.
God foretold the events of the exile even though God’s people are stubborn so they could not say they were not warned.
God will tell His people of new things, but they will not understand nor hear them. God will delay His warth and not destroy His people. He will refine them for His sake and glory.
God is the first and the last. He teaches His people which way to go and what is best for them. If only they had paid attention, they would not have suffered.
Leave Babylon and be redeemed. There is no peace for the wicked.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 5: Isaiah 48
12a) Verses 4-8
b) Verses 8-11. God knows His people neither hears nor understands Him, yet he delays His wrath and does not destroy His people. Instead, He refines them for his sake.
13a) God teaches His people which way to go and what is best for them. If only they had paid attention, they would not have suffered.
b) Peace and well-being. Prosperity and posterity.
14) Every day of my life. From all the places we have moved over the years to the present moment. At times, I cannot understand, but you just trust. Currently, I would like to move again. But I am abiding here until God says to move. I’m trying to embrace “Bloom where you are planted,” and some days are easier than others. Still, I trust God knows what is best for me and where we shall go.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 5: Isaiah 48
Much easier day! You made it. What a chapter of hope! Despite God’s chastizing, He never quits loving us. Verse 17 is a good one to hold onto in the midst of your troubles.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 5: Isaiah 48
God chastizes Judah, yet shows them mercy. Judah is without excuse since God announced what would happen many times ahead of time. Yet, the people still sinned and rebelled.
God shows mercy for His name’s sake, to glorify Himself, and to further His eternal purpose.
God loves His people and wants what is best for them. He frees them from captivity to praise His name.
We see “There is no peace for the wicked” again in Isaiah 57:21
We’ve seen God promise to deliver His people from captivity and from Cyrus out of His love for His people.
Coming up, Isaiah will focus on the Messiah, the ulitmate deliverer of God’s people.
God tells His people that He is the Maker of all things and the one in control. Jerusalem shall be inhabited and rebuilt. Cyrus is his instrument of justice.
God will go before Cyrus and give him victory so that he will know that God is Lord. God gave him his title for the sake of Jacob and Israel (His people). God will strengthen Cyrus so that all may know that He is God.
Righteousness will flourish, and woe to those who quarrel with Him. God is not to be questioned. He made the earth and the heavens. He will free his people from Cyrus.
Everyone will acknowledge that God is with Cyrus. The makers of idols will be shamed. Isreal will be saved for the ages.
God declares what is right. There is no other god. Turn to Him and be saved. He has sworn by himself. Every knee will bow and every tongue will swear. Everyone will boast in Him.
Idols cannot rescue themselves and are carried around by others, not with their own power.
God will sustain His people. Carry them. Rescue them. God is incomparable. There is no other God. God will bring about His plan.
God will take vengenance on Babylon for their sins. They showed no mercy on His people. They loved pleasure. They were prideful. They engaged in sorcery and spells. They did not trust God; they trusted in themselves.
God promises disaster and calamity will fall on them. Their magic spells, sorceries, and astrologers cannot help them. They cannot save them. There is no one to save them.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 4: Isaiah 44:24-47:15
9a) Cyrus is the king of the Persians who would conquer the Babylonians. God appointed him to be His instrument of justice on Judah, to carry them away to exile in Babylon. God grants him victory so that all may know that He is the Lord and that God is the one behind Cyrus’s power. He also shows some mercy to the Israelites and frees them to return to Jerusalem and rebuild God’s temple.
b) First, it reveals that God is the only God and is omniscient. Second, it reveals that God’s people will flourish. God has a plan. His people will be saved for all of eternity by His son, Jesus Christ.
c) It gives me hope. Gives me a purpose. Allows me to be more God-like in my every day interactions with others.
10a) Babylon showed no mercy to God’s people. They loved pleasure. They were prideful. They engaged in sorcery and spells. They did not trust God; they trusted in themselves.
b) It’s the same reason that knowing that God will punish those who do evil to us. When something bad happens to you, you want justice. There is something inside all of us that demands justice. Justice is God’s and Jesus’ responsibility. So, when we know that God will handle evil, we are comforted knowing they will pay with consequences for the evil they have caused others.
11) The same as 10b. It’s comforting to know that God has it all. I don’t have to worry about what others do and how they will pay. God knows.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 4: Isaiah 44:24-47:15
Another LONG passage, but this one is not as difficult as yesterday’s, so hang in there! The gist: God uses Babylon to show the world that He is in charge; God will then bring justice on Babylon for their treatment of His people. There is no one that can save you EXCEPT God.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 4: Isaiah 44:24-47:15
God, Judah and Israel’s redeemer, prophesizes a future deliverer of Israel, Cyrus, whom He will use to bring consequences to His people for their disobedience.
God calls Cyrus (200 years before the exile will take place) to subdue nations, including Israel. He would allow Cyrus to win, knowing God was behind him. He wanted Cyrus to be king to His people, granting His people the right to return to the Promised Land after the exile.
God is in control, and it’s foolish to resist the Creator of the universe. God will deliver His people, saving them. Idolaters will submit before Him. They are foolish, and He is great.
Look to God and be saved. This verse saved Charles Spurgeon. And, it can save you.
Every knee will bow.
The idols of nations are carried away, powerless to defend themselves.
God is not powerless; He will carry and save His people. God knows everything, and He will bring a deliverer to His people (Jesus).
Babylon will be humbled, and God will be glorified. Babylon will pay for their pride and arrogance, sorceries and enchantments, their treatment of God’s people. The sorcerers cannot save Babylon; only God can save.
Let the idolatrous nations speak. God declares He’s the one who has made all of Creation. The nations tremble. God is with Israel. He strengthens them. God helps His people and redeems them. He will not forsake His people.
He tells the idolaters to present their case, but they can’t because they are false.
God speaks of His servant (Jesus) who will have his Spirit on him. He will establish justice on earth and be a light to the Gentiles. The Lord will be praised, and He will never forsake His people. God calls out to those who are deaf and blind to Him to turn to Him. The pain of life is meant to draw them back to God.
God created us. That we are His. That He is with us. We will not drown nor be burned. For God is our God. We are precious and honored in His sight. He loves us.
Gather the nations to see if their gods are right. God’s people are His witnesses; He’s the only one who can save. God will have revenge on Babylon. He tells Israel to forget their exile, as He will do new things. Their sins will be forgiven.
God tells His people to not be afraid. He will pour out His spirit on us.
There is no other god than Him. Idols are worthless and those who make idols are nothing. They know nothing and see nothing.
God tells Israel to remember He made them. He will not forget them. He has redeemed them.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 3: Isaiah 41:1-44:23
6a) Idols are worthless. They can’t do anything. They are merely creations of mankind. God created mankind, so only He is worthy of worship and belief. When people believe in something other than God, they have nothing — no hope, no strength, no future. God is a jealous God, and when someone worships idols, it angers Him.
b) Anything can be an idol, and people make idols out of others, material possessions, and anything they put above God in their lives.
b) Jesus’ mission is to bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will speak to the deaf and the blind of Israel. He will bring justice to the nations. In him there is hope.
8 ) It’s good to remember that God created us. That we are His. That He is with us. We will not drown nor be burned. For God is our God. We are precious and honored in His sight. He loves us. When we feel unloved or abandoned, remember God’s promises. We are not alone; we never have been. So, hold God tight.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 3: Isaiah 41:1-44:23
LONG passages and lots of reading. The gist: only Jesus and God can save. Idols are worthless.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 3: Isaiah 41:1-44:23
God calls all lands to renew their strength, even those who don’t believe in Him. God asks them who is in charge of human history. God says he has.
The lands are afraid, but they turned away from God, not to Him.
But Judah is God’s servant and should not fear Him. He is with them and will strengthen them. No obstacle is too great with the Lord. God is a God of abundance.
God asks idolaters to present their case, but there is nothing to present. Therefore, idols are worthless.
Fun Fact: This is the only place in the Bible where God uses the title “King of Jacob.” The King of Israel is used 138 times in the Bible.
Fun Fact: God uses the words “I Will” in this chapter 14 times, all in reference to how He will help His people.
God speaks of His servant, Jesus, the Elect One. God delights in Him who will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will hold Jesus’ hand and keep him. He will be the light to the Gentiles.
I am the Lord, that is My name. This is the four letters of God: Y H U H. No one knows how to pronounce it. It is known as the tetragrammaton.
God praises the work of Jesus. All who serve false gods will be punished.
Jesus will heal the deaf and the blind.
God will defend His people.
God tells his people to not fear Him because he has redeemed them. God is with them.
He calls to those who are blind and deaf to Him to prove their case or accept God.
God commissions witnesses for Him. There are no other gods before or after him. Only God can save.
God will judge Babylon for what they did to God’s people. God will make a new path for them.
Even though His people have hard hearts towards Him, He will show mercy and forgive their sins.
The Lord made His people and will pour out His spirit on them. We are God’s. He alone is God.
Those who make idols are useless. They do not know or understand. Idols cannot deliver or redeem.
We should praise God’s greatness and glory. He has redeemed us.