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Friday Digest BSF People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN BSF PEOPLE OF THE PROMISE: KINGDOM DIVIDED LESSON 22

  • God is trustworthy
  • There is hope amidst the pain and suffering
  • Suffering refines us and brings us closer to Him
  • God disciplines our sins; He can reveal this to us
  • Only God knows about why others suffer
  • Suffering is an opportunity to experience God’s strength
  • He will fully complete His work in us
  • God uses trials for our good and His glory
  • God has so much more for us than this world
  • Your suffering is by God’s design
  • Suffering invites you to hope and trust in Him alone
  • Don’t waste your suffering; find purpose within it
  • You can either be bitter, or you can have Hope
  • Hope is found in God alone

TAKE AWAY: God always has a purpose.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 4: Isaiah 43:19 & Others

ISAIAH 43:19

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.”

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 4: Isaiah 43:19 & Others

9a) Suffering makes you realize that you are not in control of your life, so you turn to the One who is for help to get through your troubles and get at least a sense of normalcy.

b) There have been many difficulties in my life, from bankruptcy to moves and more. Every time, I grow closer to Him and His ways and path for my life.

c) I am inspired by all those throughout history that have suffered for a cause or for the kingdom, from the apostles who were martyred to Christians today who refuse to compromise on the Words of the Bible. It inspires me to be a better person.

10)

Numbers 32:23: He draws us to Him when we fail to do things His way or follow His Word.

Psalm 40:17: He uses financial difficulties (or poor in spirit), so we depend on Him.

Psalm 118:13-14: He uses our setbacks to grow us towards Him.

Jeremiah 9:7: He tests us to refine us and draw us closer to Him.

Zechariah 13:9: He refines us by fire in our lives so we call upon Him.

11a) Pride. Self-aggrandizement. The need to be right and be in control. The shame we feel admitting we failed.

b) God shows others through me that you don’t have to be perfect; you are great even in your weaknesses.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 4: Isaiah 43:19 & Others

Great study on suffering. We only need to turn to God to come through on the other side.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 4: Isaiah 43:19 & Others

God will make our way. We just have to trust Him.

Our job is to remain faithful through suffering and grow from it. To trust Him through the pain and hard times.

His will and work are accomplished through our pain.

He will complete His work in us.

In hard times, we recognize the truth — that God upholds us every day.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 5: Skim Isaiah 58-66

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 5: Skim Isaiah 58-66

12) Isaiah 58:9-14 lists if the people will turn from their ways, The Lord will guide them always, they will find joy and triumph in the heights of the land.

If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,

Isaiah 59:20: “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the Lord.

13) Isaiah 61:10: I delight greatly in the Lord;
    my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
    and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

I just love the picture of being wrapped up in God’s salvation and Jesus as the bridegroom and me as the bride. This is a beautiful picture of how much God loves me. This verse is very encouraging in the hard times.

14a) God has made us all and shaped us all to do His will. He is in control. He is in control of nations. We are to obey God as our Creator.

b) We all want to do our own thing, especially when God’s will for our lives is hard. We want to be in control, but we are not. Submitting to His will is the hardest part.

15) God judges His people, but He loves them so much He always calls them back to Him and offers them salvation. Those who choose God will see salvation. Those who forsake God faces judgment.

16) This verse helps me to remember that God made me for a purpose and to keep at it no matter the hardships and circumstances that arise. God looks on me with favor.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 5: Skim Isaiah 58-66

Short overview of the end of Isaiah. Love how God judges us for our own good and then welcomes us back with open arms when we return to Him.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 5: Skim Isaiah 58-66

Isaiah 58: The Lord blesses true worship, not half-hearted worship. Those who worship Him truly will be blessed. Israel is called to forsake sin.

Isaiah 59: The sins of man have separated them from God. Therefore, judgment and darkness comes. But when you confess you guilt, salvation and redemption come.

Isaiah 60: God’s kingdom is lighted in glory. Great treasures await Israel. The other nations against Israel will be judged. Israel shall inherit the land forever. God’s kingdom is coming.

Isaiah 61: Isaiah speaks as the Messiah and proclaims what he will do. God’s people will rebuild the ruins and be set apart to serve the Lord. They will rejoice and have an everlasting covenant with God. The people will receive blessings, salvation, and righteousness.

Isaiah 62: Zion will be clothed in righteousness and glory. Zion will be loved like a bridegroom loves his bride. God will protect Zion. The Lord will come to Jerusalem. The Messiah will come to Zion. The people will be delivered.

Isaiah 63: The Lord will have vengeance when Jesus will judge the nations and all on earth. The people will remember God’s mercy and might and plea for restoration.

Isaiah 64: God’s people remember His works and plead for Him to come in power and glory. Yet, the people’s sin still stands in the way. The people ask God to remember them and to act.

Isaiah 65: The Lord answers the prayer of the remnant from Isaiah 64. A blessing is promised for the true servants of God. The false servants will see vengeance. The Lord promises a new heaven and earth. The 2nd coming will be blessed.

Isaiah 66: The Lord will repay His enemies and deliver Jerusalem. The Lord will judge the nations and restore His people.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 3: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

SUMMARY OF ISAIAH 52:13-53:12

Jesus (the servant) will act wisely. He will be raised, lifted up, and exalted. His appearance was disfigured.

Jesus was despised. He had no beauty of majesty. Nothing in his appearance that we should desire.

Yet, he bore our suffering. He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities. He suffered our punishment that brought us peace. By his wounds we are healed.

We’ve gone astray and turned away.

Yet, Jesus was slaughtered like a lamb for us. It was God’s will this happen, the servant our sin offering. Jesus will be great.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 3: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

6a) Jesus (the servant) will act wisely. He will be raised, lifted up, and exalted. His appearance was disfigured. Jesus was despised. He had no beauty of majesty. Nothing in his appearance that we should desire. Yet, he bore our suffering.

b) Just as there were many who were appalled at him[b]—
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,[c]
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

7a) Jesus willingly suffered for my sins. He died and was punished because of me. He brought me peace with God.

b) There are powerful verbs here: pierced, crushed, despised, rejected, oppressed, afflicked, slaughtered. Jesus, who was sinless, suffered terrible pain for our sins. It shows me the depth of the love that Christ holds for me, which is hard to comprehend.

8a) It’s really quite simple: Jesus bore our sins and died for us. He was arrrested; he stood trial; he was forsaken; he was convicted; he was mocked; he was crucified.

b) God always (and still does) have a plan for all of humanity and for me who plays a role in humanity. He wanted his people to know that the ulitmate home was coming; that God would save all.

9) Dear Lord. Thank you for having a plan, for bringing that plan to fruition to save the world, and for having a plan for the future when we’ll all worship you here on earth. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice of your son for us. We are so blessed, so in awe of you. We humbly worship you. Thank you. Amen

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 3: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

I love how God is so good to reveal His plans to us. So humbling what Jesus did that it’s hard to put into words.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 3: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

This is Servant Song #4.

Matthew 8:16-17 says that this passage is Jesus.

Jesus will be exalted, but he will suffer. He was beaten so badly that he was disfigured.

His work will cleanse many nations (sprinkling often means cleansing from sin as seen in the Old Testatment (Exodus 24:8Leviticus 3:8Numbers 19:21Ezekiel 36:25).

Jesus appeared as you and I do. He was normal. Jesus knew grief and was rejected because of it. People withdrew from him.

He bore our sins. We have gone astray and need Jesus. Jesus died for us as was God’s plan.

Jesus willingly died; he offered no resistance.

Jesus will be rewarded for his work Philippians 2:10-11

We now can be with God forever.

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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 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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Friday Digest BSF People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN BSF PEOPLE OF THE PROMISE: KINGDOM DIVIDED LESSON 18

  • Encounters with God change us
  • God calls us to where we are at for His purposes
  • God’s power accompanies those He calls
  • God allows us to come near to Him because He is near to us
  • God alone holds our hope
  • God speaks even when we don’t want to hear
  • God wants us to flourish; so are you?

TAKE AWAY: When you view God rightly, you view yourself rightly.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 2: Isaiah 1:1 and Others

ISAIAH 1:1

“The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.”

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 2: Isaiah 1:1 and Others

3a) Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah

b) The spiritual climate was tumultuous to say the least. The people were ungodly and were moving further away from God, as were some of Judah’s kings. Uzziah and Jotham did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Ahaz did not. He practiced child sacrifice amongst others horrors. and Hezekiah did what was right. The service of the temple of the Lord was reestablished under his reign.

4)

1:2-3: God’s children have rebelled against him (His people).

1:16-18: Isaiah beseeches God’s people to stop doing wrong.

9:19; 22:5: God will bring judgment on those who have turned from Him by scorching the land and the people.

9:6; 11:1-3: Jesus will save God’s people.

27:6; 32:1-2: 40:1-2; 43:1-2: Israel will be saved. Kings will rule in righteousness and with justice. Israel’s sins will be paid for; they will be redeemed.

5a) I loved the redemption (Isaiah 43:1-2). God will summon me by name and be with me. It’s so full of hope.

b) God’s promises.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 2: Isaiah 1:1 and Others

Isaiah was my first study in BSF so many years ago, and I am looking forward to this part of the study again!

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 2: Isaiah 1:1 and Others

About the Book of Isaiah

This is the first and largest of the Major Prophets books.

Isaiah was a prophet mainly to the Southern kingdom of Judah from between 740 to 680 B.C.  Israel, the Northern kingdom fell to the Assyrians in 722 B.C. during Isaiah’s ministry.

This was the time period we’ve been studying (2 Kings 15 through 21 and 2 Chronicles 26 through 33)

Isaiah was a prophet with Hosea and Micah. The other prophets Elijah, Elisha, Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, and Amos had already passed.

Keep in mind, before Isaiah, the judges ruled Israel. Then Saul, David, and Solomon ruled. Israel broke into two kingdoms in 917 B.C.

Israel in the north had 18 kings who did evil in the eyes of the Lord.

Judah in the south had 11 kings before Isaiah, with some bad and some good.

Israel is in the crosshairs of Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon who were all fighting for power.

Fun Fact: Isaiah is the most quoted prophet in the New Testament. In fact, he is quoted more than any of the other prophets combined (21 times).

Isaiah predicted the Son of God a lot in his book.

Fun Fact: There are seven men in the Bible called Isaiah, which mans “salvation of the Lord.”

When you consider that Jesus began his ministry by quoting Isaiah (Luke 4:16-21), that should tell you the importance of this book.

Facts About Isaiah

  • Isaiah was married
  • He was the father of at least two sons (Isaiah 7:3 and 8:3)
  • He lived in Jerusalem (Isaiah 7:322:137:238:5, and 39:3)
  • He was advisor to the kings of Judah
  • The book of Isaiah was written about the same time as Homer was writing The Illiad and The Odyssey
  • Isaiah is the most eloquent book in the Old Testament
  • Isaiah speaks about the nature of God and His plan for the earth

Organization of Isaiah

  • Isaiah 1-12: Isaiah warns Judah when the nation is prosperous under Jotham and Ahaz
  • Isaiah 13-23: Isaiah speaks to the nations around Judah
  • Isaiah 24-35: Earth’s future and messages to Judah as Assyria is about to invade
  • Isaiah 36-39: The crises of King Hezekiah (an interlude)
  • Isaiah 40-48: Prophecies of Babylon 200 years into the future
  • Isaiah 49-55: Hope through Jesus
  • Isaiah 56-66: Warnings to Judah and more about the future

Fun Facts about the Book of Isaiah

  • The Bible has 66 books; Isaiah has 66 chapters
  • 1st 39 chapters address judgment and hope like the Old Testament
  • Last 27 chapters announces hope in Christ like the New Testament
  • Sin, salvation, and hope are the major themes like the New Testament

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