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

SUMMARY OF 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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One of my favorite songs by Chris Tomlin inspired by Isaiah’s words. Enjoy!

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 3: Matthew 17:6-13

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 17:6-13

Peter, James, and John fell down to the ground when they heard God speak, afraid. Jesus came and touched them. He told them to not be afraid. When they looked up again, everyone was gone except Jesus. Jesus told them to tell no one about his Transfiguration until he has been risen from the dead.

The disciples were confused again, so they asked Jesus why Elijah must come first. Jesus explained that Elijah has already come, but no one recognized him (meaning Elijah was in the work of John the Baptist).

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 3: Matthew 17:6-13

7a) Peter, James, and John fell down to the ground when they heard God speak, afraid.

b) Jesus came and touched them. He told them to not be afraid. He comforted them, cares about them, and understands their fear.

c) I think when I learned that not everyone went to heaven as a kid. I realized it was His will, and not mine. Also, when I learned as an adult the true meaning of Romans 1:20. We are responsible for our eternal salvation, not God. I still walk in his ways and understand a bit more every day.

8a) Malachi predicted Elijah (identified as John the Baptist by Jesus in this passage) would precede Jesus. Luke 1:17 says how John the Bapist will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous — to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

b) John the Baptist told everyone to repent and turn to the Lord. Yet, he too was persecuted, imprisoned, and then killed.

c) Jesus uses the present tense. “Elijah comes and will restore all things.”

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 3: Matthew 17:6-13

What a moment! I wonder how I’d react if God appeared in a cloud to me? Everyone in the Bible is afraid. I wonder if I would be, too.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 3: Matthew 17:6-13

Note it was when God spoke that the disciples fell on their faces. They were cool with seeing Jesus transfigure, two dead guys alive, and God appear in a cloud, but the second God spoke, they were afraid.

The Transfiguration is yet another confirmation of Jesus’s divinity that the disciples needed. Mankind constantly needs to be reassured.

It is significant and fitting that only Jesus remains. This is truth for all of us. Jesus is there always; others may come and go from our lives, but not Jesus.

Not many would believe the Transfiguration story, so Jesus did not want more people doubting him.

Now the disciples were confused since clearly Jesus came before Elijah since he had just appeared. First, Malachi was most likely referring to the Second Coming when Jesus would come a final time. Second, as Jesus explains, Elijah had come already in the work of John the Baptist who ministered in the spirit and power of him. (Luke 1:17).

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