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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 3: Isaiah 6:1-4


In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 3: Isaiah 6:1-4

6) Isaiah had a vision of the Lord seated on a throne. He was wearing a robe. Seraphim were above him and they were calling to each other how holy God is and how the earth is filled with his glory. The temple filled with smoke. I love how the seraphim are worshipping God because I am to be better at worshipping, too.

7a) They were calling to each other about God’s glory, and it was their voices that caused the doorposts and thresholds to shake and the temple to fill with smoke.

b) God is holy. All of earth is filled with His glory. God is here with us since the earth is filled wtih him. He is holy.

8 ) I’d say my thoughts about what God is like comes from many sources: from what I believed of him as a child, from what you picture in your mind, and from His word. The more I learn about God, the more reverence and awe I have of his graciousness towards me.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 3: Isaiah 6:1-4

I love this image of seraphim around God. I can’t wait to see what heaven is like!

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 3: Isaiah 6:1-4

Note how the Lord is sitting on a throne in heaven. This has been verified by almost everyone in the Bible who has been blessed by a vision of God:

Fun Fact: The throne of God in heaven is mentioned 35 times in the book of Revelation.

God’s throne is lifted up. The train of his robe fills the temple, which is a sign of honor and prestige.

Seraphim are angels (otherwise called cherubim (Psalm 80:1Isaiah 37:16Ezekiel 10:3) or as the living creatures of Revelation 4:6-11. Interestingly, this is the only place in the Bible where these angels that surround God are called seraphim.

The two wings cover the eyes becuase they cannot look upon the Lord. The two wings cover their feet as a sign of humility. The six wings was seen by John in his vision, too  Revelation 4:8.

The three “holys” refer to God as the Trinity.

Note the seraphim are merely singing about God in his presence, not directly to God.

Repetition is the same as us saying “very.” It’s meant to up the intensity level.

Holy is being set apart, which is the epitome of God. He is the only thing not created. He is the great “I am.” Holiness is God.

The power of their songs shook the doorposts. How cool?!

These angels only exist to praise and worship God. That’s a job I want!

The smoke is reminiscent of God as smoke in the Old Testament (Exodus 13:21-22), (Exodus 19:18), and (1 Kings 8:10-12).

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 3: Genesis 28:10-11

Summary of Genesis 28:10-11:

Jacob left Beersheba on his way to Haran.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 3: Genesis 28:10-11

7) He was leaving his family for the first time. I’m sure he was scared. After all, travel was hard and scary in a time when no one traveled. He was leaving all he knew.

8a) Every time we’ve had to move.

b) James tells us to consider trials as joy because they produce perseverence, which then grows our faith. 1 Peter tells us to submit to rulers and masters for God’s sake. We must endure suffering as Christ suffered for us. You are blessed for suffering and doing what is right. Jesus cleansed us with his suffering and death. Pain allows us to grow in our walk with God. God can and will use our pain and suffering for His glory and for good.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 3: Genesis 28:10-11

Very short passage where we see how even when we move, God moves with us.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 3: Genesis 28:10-11

Jacob is returning to the land of Abraham and of Rebekah. (Genesis 11:31-32) (Genesis 24:3-4)

BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 18, Day 3: Genesis 22:1-19

Summary of passage:  God calls Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac as a burnt offering in the mountains of Moriah. So Abraham faithfully takes Isaac to where God calls him, bounds his son, and prepares to kill him.  On the journey, Abraham tells Isaac that God will provide the burnt offering.

An angel of the Lord stopped Abraham before he killed Isaac, saying he has proved he fears God because he didn’t withhold his son from Him.  God provided a ram instead to sacrifice.  The angel says because of Abraham’s faithfulness the Lord will bless him and make his descendants as numerous as the stars and will rule over the cities of their enemies.

All nations on earth will be blessed because of Abraham’s obedience.  Then Abraham went to Beersheba.


6a)  In Verse 2, God acknowledges how much Abraham loves his son when He says, “whom you love” and we all know you can’t hide anything from God so I would wager it was obvious how much Isaac meant to Abraham.  Abraham assured Isaac God would provide the sacrifice (verse 8) so he was confident this would all work out in the end.

And at any time Isaac could have run away once he realized what was happening but he didn’t.  So he trusted his father and God to know this would turn out alright.

b)  Both Isaac and Jesus willingly offer up their own life under Free Will for the Father. They obey Him and trust in Him and His ways and plans.  Both accept the lot God has chosen for their earthly lives and do not fight it.  God is first in their lives and their actions prove so.

7a)  Solomon built the temple of the Lord on Mount Moriah where the Lord had appeared to his father David.  It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David.  David built the altar so the Lord would stop the plague on Israel, which the Lord sent as punishment for David’s disobedience when he counted the fighting men (or conducted a census) in Israel and Judah.

b)  The simple answer:  Through Christ’s death and resurrection where he bore our sins so we may be right before God.

Because of Abraham’s obedience and faith and his willingness to sacrifice his only son we were all blessed by God and included in His plan for salvation through Jesus Christ.  God loved us so much He sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  We should all be assured of God’s love for us at the magnitude of this sacrifice.

Conclusions:  Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if all nations were blessed because of my obedience? I thought.  Then I realized they are.  Because everything we do affects others. It may not be as monumental as having all nations blessed because of our actions, which allowed the Gentiles to be included in God’s covenant but it’s significant nonetheless.

When we obey God and fulfill His purpose for us here on earth, God is pleased and our rewards are multiplied in heaven.

It is still hard to grasp God’s love even though God uses the strongest love we humans have–that for our children–as His comparison.  God’s love is greater which is hard to imagine.  But we get the idea.  As most of us would fail the child sacrifice test, we can understand just a bit how much God gave when He gave his only Son.

Other parallels with Isaac and Jesus:  Both carried wood up the hill to their imminent death.  Both were sacrificed on the same hill.  Both were risen again after three days.  We see this in Isaac because God pronounced Isaac dead when He told Abraham to sacrifice him.  On the third day (verse 4) Isaac rose again when God interceded for him. Cool, huh?

Explanation on 2 Samuel 24:10-25:  This was one of those passages you had to read the whole chapter of 2 Samuel 24 to understand what is going on here.  And THEN you still had to know the history to understand (which I, of course, was too curious not to look up).  Because I was thinking, “What’s so wrong with a census?  We do that every 10 years?”

Exodus 30:12 states:  The Lord tells Moses, “When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the Lord a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them.”

In ancient times you only had the right to count what was yours.  This is what God is saying.  The people are His and only He had the right to order a count and even then ransom money had to be paid to atone for the counting.

Here, David directly disobeys God (which many scholars attribute to the devil’s influence on David who tempted him), lets pride creep in as he thinks some of the reason Israel has prospered is due to him and not God, and ordered a census to be taken without asking God.

Thus, in God’s infinite mercy, He ordered David to build this altar on Mount Moriah to atone for his sin of the census and spare some of God’s people (specifically Jerusalem) the plague.