BSF Study Questions Isaiah Lesson 23, Day 4 Isaiah 51:1-16

Summary of passage:  God tells his ever-doubting people once again to listen to Him and look to the past (Abraham and Sarah) as proof again of His greatness.  He will comfort Zion and make her deserts like Eden and bring joy and gladness.  He will bring justice, righteousness, and salvation.  Everyone will look and hope in Him for his justice and righteousness will never fail.

God tells his people (those who have his law in their hearts) to not be afraid of men for they will be eaten up while His righteousness and salvation will last forever.  The people then acknowledge God’s past–God who cut Rahab (Egypt) to pieces and dried up the sea so the redeemed could cross over.  They will have gladness and joy as sorrow and sighing flee.

There is no reason to fear men who are but grass because Israel (his people) have the Lord who stretched out the heavens and laid Earth’s foundations.  The prisoners (Israel) will soon be set free.  For the Lord Almighty who churns the seas and puts words in our mouths says, “You are my people.”

Questions:

8a)  God will bless them and make them many.  He will comfort and offer compassion, give joy and gladness.  He will bring justice and salvation.  He would substantiate them from what He’s done in the past–He blessed Abraham and Sarah, He cut Rahab (Egypt) to pieces, made a road a sea (Moses parting the Red Sea), stretched out the Heavens, and laid the foundations of the Earth.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I receive all of them it seems at just the time I when I need it most.  Because He is all things.  He blesses, comforts, and gives joy, justice, and salvation.

9)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Oh, God, you who dried up the seas so the redeemer could cross over, strengthen me with your arms as the Enemy comes against me and attacks my (your) life purpose.  Pierce the Enemy as you did Rahab and return my heart to you.  Vanquish the sorrow and the sighing and allow gladness and joy to defeat them.

10a)  I am the Lord Your God who churns up the sea, who comforts, who stretches out the Heavens and who created the Earth, who put words in your mouth and covers (protects) us.  I am the Lord Almighty and we are His people.  Remembering He is the One, True God and we are His.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  He is there when no one else is.  He knows our pain and He gives us strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  He listens when we will not.  He cares when we don’t.  He forgives when we can’t.  He lets go when we insist on carrying.  God is greater than your suffering and if we look up, we will feel this in our hearts even as we push it out.

Conclusions:  Great lesson for me as I need God right now as my heart is tormented.  Answer 10b is for me right now.  I’m still so angry, hurt, and upset but I know He is there as I insist on carrying this assault and taking it personally (when it’s probably just a computer program doing the hurting). But I keep looking up and praying for this to pass soon.

End Note:  Rahab in the Old Testament is connected with the providential act of God in restraining the sea, and as a demonstration of his supreme power.  Isaiah 51:10 has taken the name and applied it to the deliverance of Israel from Egypt so here it means Egypt.  (Taken from Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary by JD Douglas and Merrill C Tenney)

Admittedly, this lesson was hard for me to do.  I’m fighting my anger from the scraper and am finding everything hard to accomplish.

It’s hard posting this knowing it’s going to be stolen tomorrow but I’m doing it anyways–for you all.

I’m praying what this is all about.  Is this site too important to me?  Does God not like it?  What am I doing wrong?  Is my heart not where God wants it?

I wish I never would have found this guy.  This weekend would be a lot cheerier if I hadn’t.

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3 comments on “BSF Study Questions Isaiah Lesson 23, Day 4 Isaiah 51:1-16

  1. pilar garner says:

    hey I wanted to ask people to consider this scenario b/c I have and it has brought convicton. Your post has helped those of us who are struggling in our daily search maybe to see something from a different prospective, challenege us to think deeper and see if we agreee or not or how God may have displayed something to us. But as you stated the thing that makes BSF so great is the study you do on your own. The time you spend with the HS on your own to seek and search the heart of God. So..have I been guilty of saying that makes better sense than what I thought and used an answer or a part of it from you..yes. Have I said well she looked up the rivers and names and dates of certian scripture and use that to find more…yes. While learning to grow form information you post is wonderful and inspiring..simply taking an answer is not. We, b/c I am so sure their are others are stealing. Just like the man that took YOUR hard work and I suppose although this has come as a hardship for you to endure… perhaps, just perhaps it is others that the Lord is speaking to certaining hard work and application of ourselves. I love your site and have actually grown to seek the word more especially when I do or do not see it the way you have and that makes it a search for what God wants me to see and that is great! But to not study or to change something b/c your sounds right is wrong..and I have done that. I will not from now on. I will seeand use this site as a forum to see the wonderful things that God reveals to us as individuals and thank him for a sister in Christ that causes me to want to search the scriputures daily and work hard at it, for He is worthy. I think what this man did is terrible, but there is truth that he has stolen and God will allow others to benefit from what they read till this man has been brought to justice, meanwhile as always each trial has a reason and God used this one of yours to bring me to the right path and mindset as I study. He will deliver you as you remain faithful. In His grace Pilar

  2. Renee says:

    I am with you on BSF changing with the times. I completely understand the strict rules, but although I have a wonderful group who I have really come to trust and love I know that others are in groups where it is hard to share and ask questions. Which if you are new and don’t know anyone can be a tough situation. And each week my group seems to break a rule and are not afraid to laugh about it. One of my fellow BSF ladies told me that they once had a rule about leaders not being over weight.
    As for your answers, I often look to them, not always and never to copy. In fact I often have answers that vary from yours. I never thought before to comment with a different version, but after reading some of the comments I plan on commenting in the future.
    I’ll be praying for you and thought the verse from this week suited: “They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
    I hope you sing this week at your BSF with gladness and joy!

  3. Louise says:

    The Lord is with you – reach up to Him with your hands and accept His guidance and blessings – revenge is His and he will take care of the problem in His way, in His time – work hard mentally to keep it from your thinking – send blessings in Jesus’s name to the enemy to soften his heart and turn him around. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and give your time and strength to your family.

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