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Friday Digest BSF People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN BSF PEOPLE OF THE PROMISE: KINGDOM DIVIDED LESSON 20

  • God is faithful
  • True strength can be found only in God
  • God is instoppable
  • Stand on the strength of God’s Word
  • God has a purpose for you
  • God uses others to accomplish His purposes
  • God is comfort
  • God’s plan always prevails
  • God is the only one who can save you
  • Let God rescue you today

TAKE AWAY: Trust God in everything and for everything.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 5: Isaiah 48

SUMMARY OF ISAIAH 48

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.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 4: Isaiah 44:24-47:15

SUMMARY OF ISAIAH 44:24-47:15

Isaiah 44:24-28

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.

Isaiah 45

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.

Isaiah 46

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.

Isaiah 47:1-15

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

Isaiah 44:24-28

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.

Isaiah 45

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.

Isaiah 46

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).

Isaiah 47:1-15

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.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 3: Isaiah 41:1-44:23

SUMMARY OF ISAIAH 41:1-44:23

Isaiah 41

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.

Isaiah 42

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.

Isaiah 43

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.

Isaiah 44:1-23

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.

7a) Jesus

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

Isaiah 41

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.

Isaiah 42

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.

Isaiah 43

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.

Isaiah 44:1-23

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.

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Friday Digest BSF People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN BSF PEOPLE OF THE PROMISE: KINGDOM DIVIDED LESSON 19

  • God’s judgment is always perfect and right
  • God offers undeserved forgiveness
  • God’s character never changes
  • God defines what is good
  • God’s purposes prevail
  • All people are accountable to God
  • God is a God of infinite mercy
  • There is purpose even in pain

TAKE AWAY: Jesus is our only hope.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 5: Isaiah 12 and 25-26

SUMMARY OF ISAIAH 12

In that day, you will praise the Lord, trust Him, and not be afraid. He will be your strength and joy. You will praise God and His name, singing to him of his glorious deeds.

SUMMARY OF ISAIAH 25-26

The Lord will be praised and exalted. He will be honored. He will provide a refuge. The Lord will prepare a feast for all peoples. He will wipe away the tears from all faces. The enemy will be vanquished as God brings salvation.

A song of praise will be sung to the Lord as the people trust Him forever. He will humble people, trample the oppressors, and offer grace. God will bring peace. Those who are dead will rise again. God’s wrath will pass by. The Lord will judge in the end.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 5: Isaiah 12 and 25-26

10a) God’s anger at their disobedience will pass. He is their strength and salvation during this time.

b) “I will praise you, Lord.” My mantra for the year!

11a) Faithful, God is a refuge for His people. God provides. God offers salvation. God wins in the end.

b) God knows our hearts. He is faithful. He will heal. He will make things right. He will grant the wishes of our hearts. All things will pass, even the bad, and God will be there every stop of the way.

12) Isaiah 25:1: “for in perfect faithfulness, you have done wonderful things,” I always love how God is faithful even when we are not. We can depend on God when we can’t depend on anyone else. Isaiah 25:9: “we trusted in him, and he saved us” If we trust, He saves. Does it get any simpler than that?

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 5: Isaiah 12 and 25-26

After so much evil and gloom and doom in the first half of our study, Isaiah is a breath of fresh air!

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 5: Isaiah 12 and 25-26

Isaiah 12

God is praised even in the midst of punishment. Yet, God’s anger is no longer upon us due to Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.

God is our salvation, and we can confidently trust in Him.

The wells of salvation bring a picture of life-giving water. There is no limit to the water we can draw from God. We can get our strength, hope, faith, and so much more from Him.

Isaiah 25

We should praise God for what He has done. It’s a decision to praise Him for all of the wonderful things He has done for us.

We should praise God for His righteous judgment, His goodness to the weak, and for what He will do for us (hold a feast for us).

Evil will be destroyed as His people testifies.

God will settle all things when Christ reigns from Jerusalem.

Isaiah 26

In the day of Jesus’s return, there will be much joy and celebration. Salvation will come.

God is our source of strength. He will bring perfect peace.

We should trust in Him forever.

Man’s system will fall to dust. In God’s kingdom, His way will reign. The wicked will see consequences for their ways.

We pray with a humble heart.

God will be our refuge.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 4: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 4: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

8a) Isaiah 2:1-5: In the last days, the Lord’s temple will be established; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many people will come. God will judged between the mountains.

Isaiah 4:2-6: In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. 3 Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy. The Lord will create a refuge over all Mount Zion.

Isaiah 9:1-3: There will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. The people will rejoice.

Isaiah 11:6-9, 12-16: The animals will live together. All of the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord. The Lord will gather the exiles.

Isaiah 14:1-8: The Lord will settle his people in their own land. Oppression will come to an end. All lands will be at peace. His fury will end.

Isaiah 27: The Lord will punish in that day. The people’s sins will be atoned for. The Lord will gather all of His people one by one. All will worship the Lord in Jerusalem.

b) They would know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that their punishments are temporary. God still loves them and will bring them to Him once again.

c) I love how wonderful the End Times will be when Jesus once again reigns on Earth. It gives me hope during the hard times.

9) In God and His Word.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 4: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

I love how Isaiah is so encouraging even in the face of extreme upheaval. If only we could be so brave and confident in the Lord when our troubles come.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 4: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

Great passages from Isaiah that remind us what we have to look forward to.

It’s so easy to get caught up in our troubles on Earth, but all of this is temporary. This is not our home. So encouraging!

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 3: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 3: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

7a) Isaiah 7:14 with Matthew 1:20-23: Isaiah prophesied: Therefore the Lord himself will give you[a] a sign: The virgin[b] will conceive and give birth to a son, and[c] will call him Immanuel. In Matthew Mary gave birth to Jesus who was a virgin who conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 9:6-7 with Philippians 2:9-11: Isaiah prophesied: A son will be born who will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. Philippians tells us that God exalted him to the highest place and gave him a name above all names. At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue  acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Isaiah 11:1-5 with Matthew 3:16-17: Isaiah prophesies the Messiah shall be from the branch of Jesse. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. In Matthew, we see this Spirit rest on Jesus:  As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.

Isaiah 11:10 with Romans 15:8-13: Isaiah prophesies: In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. Romans tells us that Christ will be a servant of both the Jews and the Gentiles.

b) I like Isaiah 9:6-7 with Philippians 2:9-11 because it speaks to the life everafter. Every knee will bow one day — a day I’m looking forward to!

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 3: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

I like how BSF does the work for us of telling us where we can find the parallel verses!

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 3: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

This is a treat as we get to see how Isaiah’s prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus — our great hope and savior! This is proof of God’s greatness and Jesus’s saving grace. These are great verses to keep in mind, too, when speaking to others about Jesus since they are so full of hope!

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 2: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 2: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

3a) Isaiah 1:1-15; Isaiah 3:1-4:1: Rebelled against God. They are corrupt. They have forsaken the Lord and turned their backs on Him. Their offerings are meaningless. Their hands are full of blood. Their words and deeds are against the Lord. They parade their sin like Sodom.

The elders and leaders of his people:
“It is you who have ruined my vineyard;
    the plunder from the poor is in your houses.
15 What do you mean by crushing my people
    and grinding the faces of the poor?”
6 The Lord says,

    “The women of Zion are haughty,
walking along with outstretched necks,
    flirting with their eyes,
strutting along with swaying hips,
    with ornaments jingling on their ankles.

Chapters 28-31: Their hearts are far from God. Their worship of God is based on merely human rules they have been taught/ They sought the protection of Egypt. Chapter 28’s sins are because the people are wicked and self-reliant. They rely on Egypt and go to Egypt.

b) Isaiah 1:24-25; 5; 7:18-25; 39:5-7: God will turn His hand against you;[a] I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities. God will destroy Judah and the people. They will be desolate.  Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the Euphrates River—the king of Assyria—to shave your head and private parts, and to cut off your beard also. There will be only briers and thorns instead of vineyards. The people will be carried off to Babylon.

4a) Isaiah 1:16-17:

  1. Wash 
  2. Make yourselves clean.
  3. Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
  4.  Stop doing wrong.
  5. 17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
  6.   Defend the oppressed.[a]
  7. Take up the cause of the fatherless;
  8.  Plead the case of the widow.

b) Isaiah 1:18-20: God makes people’s sins white and pure. If people are willing and obedient, they will prosper. If they resist and rebel, they will be devoured by the sword.

5a) The messages might have encouraged them and offered them hope because God will take care of them and punish them.

b) God is just. He is faithful. God defends His people. God cares for His people.

6) God always puts me where He wants me, even if it’s in difficult spots or circumstances. I am to grow with Him during these times.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 2: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

We see God’s mercy will ultimately end when it’s time to face the piper.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 19, Day 2: Selected Passages From Isaiah 1-39

God fulfills His promises one way or another. He warns His people over and over again, in mercy giving them time to repent. When God has had enough, He gives out consequences, which are devastating.

God uses other nations to enact His judgment on His people.

God offers to cleans us through the blood of Jesus. All we have to do (and all Judah had to do) was to surrender to God and obey. Seems simple but how many people turn from God in the face of this choice?

Yet, there is hope in Christ. There is always hope.

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