Summary of passage: Israel and Jacob (the people of these lands) complain that God has disregarded them during their exile to Babylon. Isaiah answers that God, the Creator of the Universe is ever-lasting. He does not grow tired or weary and we (the people) cannot understand his reasoning. But He gives strength to the weary as long as you hope in the Lord. You will soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, and walk and not be faint.
10a) They think God has abandoned them because of their plight. They don’t see it as a punishment or if they do as an unfair one. But after the punishment (time-out) you get to come out of your room, (Babylon) back to the family (Jerusalem).
b) He tells them again God is the Creator of the Universe; He is ever-lasting. He won’t grow weary; His understanding no one can fathom (basically, He has his reasons). He will give you strength to endure if you believe in Him. Those who hope in the Lord will soar on wings like eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not be faint.
11) Faith and hope in the Lord
12a) God, as Creator of the Universe, never grows tired or weary so He has the power to do the same for you if you have faith and hope.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Tired of dealing with public schools. Stumbling in my relationships. Sometimes weary of writing books that are relegated to merely word documents on my computer. But God gives me strength to endure and keep moving, the discernment to see my problems, and the ability to work to correct them.
Conclusions: It’s all about keeping the faith in this lesson. Sure, bad things happen and we never understand. But you must hold strong and believe there is light at the end of the tunnel–His light. He never gives us more than we can handle and He has the power to do anything. What is a more inspiring picture than soaring on wings like eagles?
Summary of passage: Isaiah asks who doesn’t know about God who sits enthroned above the earth and stretches out the heavens like a canopy. He reduces rulers and princes to nothing with a mere blow of his breath. “To whom will you compare me?” says the Holy One. To the heavens since he brings them all out and calls each by name. None are ever missing.
7) That God is the Creator of the Universe and Earth. God is the one and only.
8 ) Personal Question. My answer: People are wicked in general and will do wicked things or are elected by wicked people. These rulers all serve God’s purpose (think King of Assyria) so they come to power by His will. Maybe to teach people a lesson or about Him. But God merely has to blow on them and they are gone.
9a) Look to the Heavens, the stars that God calls by name
b) Nothing or no one.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Looking at the stars at night reminds me how insignificant I am in comparison to infinite space. So when life loses control, I can look at the stars and know God is in control of everything–the stars, the moon, and my life. He can do any thing since He created everything.
Conclusions: What I got out of this was my last line I wrote: He can do anything since He created everything (another one to go up on my mirror). But, I yearned for more here. I yearned to study more. I yearned for more of His word. I yearned for more of Him. I guess that’s one of the lasting legacies of a good bible study such as BSF: making you yearn for more of Him.
Summary of passage: Isaiah asks a series of questions describing God: who has measured the water in the hollow of his hand or marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket or weighed the mountains on scales? Who has instructed god or understood his mind? Who taught him the right way or showed him the path of understanding? The nations are like a drop in the bucket in comparison to God. They are dust. Lebanon does not hold enough to atone for man. Before God, all nations are worthless and less than nothing.
3a) 1) Who has measured the water in the hollow of his hand? 2) Who with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? 3) Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket? 4) Who has weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? God.
b) 1) Who has understood the mind of the Lord? 2) Who has instructed God as his counselor? 3) Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him? 4) Who taught Him the right way? 5) Who taught God knowledge? 6) Who showed God the path of understanding? No one.
c) God is omnipotent (Creator of the universe) and omniscient (He is the source of all wisdom and answers). Isaiah is giving us illustrations so our human minds can try to understand who God is, His character, and what He does.
d) Omnipotent, omniscient, the Source of all existence. The one, true God
4a) The power of the nations is like a drop in the bucket compared to God’s. They are dust. Everything in Lebanon is not sufficient. Before him all nations are nothing and worthless.
b) You get a sense of how tiny we are if you think we are a dust granule in God’s mighty hand. How insignificant. How awesome is God. We are nothing without God.
Conclusions: It’s good to be humbled sometimes especially since humans can get pretty puffed up over themselves and this passage will do it. You can see Isaiah’s descriptions in your mind of just how powerful God is and how insignificant we are. Without God we are nothing and we need to remember that with every breath we take and every step we take.