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LESSON NUMBER 2

Isaiah, Chapter 25/Verses: 6-12

“6 The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;
A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow,
And refined, aged wine.
And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples,
Even the veil which is stretched over all nations.
He will swallow up death for all time,
And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces,
And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
And it will be said in that day,
‘Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.’
10 For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain,
And Moab will be trodden down in his place
As straw is trodden down in the water of a manure pile.
11 And he will spread out his hands in the middle of it
As a swimmer spreads out his hands to swim,
But the Lord will lay low his pride together with the trickery of his hands.
12 The unassailable fortifications of your walls He will bring down,
Lay low and cast to the ground, even to the dust.” [NAS]

Verse 6-8: Jesus resurrection. He defeated death & the grave. (Halley’s Bible Handbook)

Verses 6-9 are prophetic. See: Revelation 19:6-9/21:4-6

Verses 10-12 speak of judgment upon Moab.

Application:   Jesus, the Lamb of God is preparing a great banquet for His bride, the church. God is going to end pain and death; this brings great hope to those who are suffering and to those who grieve.  

 

 

LESSON 1

Isaiah Chapter 25: Verses 1-5

1 O Lord, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
For You have worked wonders,
Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
For You have made a city into a heap,
A fortified city into a ruin;
A palace of strangers is a city no more,
It will never be rebuilt.
Therefore a strong people will glorify You;
Cities of ruthless nations will revere You.
For You have been a defense for the helpless,
A defense for the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;
For the breath of the ruthless
Is like a rain storm against a wall.
Like heat in drought, You subdue the uproar of aliens;
Like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is silenced.” [NASB]

This scripture passage begins with praise and thanksgiving to God. He is Almighty; yet, a defense and refuge (Verse 4).

Application: The LORD is worthy of our praise, thanksgiving and worship.

 

LESSON 3

Isaiah, Chapter 24/Verses 16-23

16 From the ends of the earth we hear songs, ‘Glory to the Righteous One,’
But I say, ‘Woe to me! Woe to me! Alas for me!
The treacherous deal treacherously,
And the treacherous deal very treacherously.’
17 Terror and pit and snare                                                                                                           Confront you, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 Then it will be that he who flees the report of disaster will fall into the pit,
And he who climbs out of the pit will be caught in the snare;
For the windows above are opened, and the foundations of the earth shake.
19 The earth is broken asunder,
The earth is split through,
The earth is shaken violently.
20 The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard
And it totters like a shack,
For its transgression is heavy upon it,
And it will fall, never to rise again.
21 So it will happen in that day,
That the Lord will punish the host of heaven on high,
And the kings of the earth on earth.
22 They will be gathered together
Like prisoners in the dungeon,
And will be confined in prison;
And after many days they will be punished.
23 Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed,
For the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
And His glory will be before His elders.” [NASB]

Here, we read more on the coming judgment. [See message by Jesus in Matthew 24.]

Application: God is holy; He will bring judgment; He will reign over all the nations.

 

LESSON 2

Isaiah Chapter 24, Verses: 7-15

The new wine mourns,
The vine decays,
All the merry-hearted sigh.
The gaiety of tambourines ceases,
The noise of revelers stops,
The gaiety of the harp ceases.
They do not drink wine with song;
Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
10 The city of chaos is broken down;
Every house is shut up so that none may enter.
11 There is an outcry in the streets concerning the wine;
All joy turns to gloom.
The gaiety of the earth is banished.
12 Desolation is left in the city
And the gate is battered to ruins.
13 For thus it will be in the midst of the earth among the peoples,
As the shaking of an olive tree,
As the gleanings when the grape harvest is over.
14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy;
They cry out from the west concerning the majesty of the Lord.
15 Therefore glorify the Lord in the east,
The name of the Lord, the God of Israel,
In the coastlands of the sea.” [NASB]

Prophecy of coming judgment to the world…All celebrations cease. Message of gloom and doom. People have hope; the LORD GOD will be glorified!

Application: God cannot ignore sin. He brings judgment.

 

 

 

 

LESSON NUMBER 1

Isaiah, Chapter 24/Verses: 1-6

1 Behold, the Lord lays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants. And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor. The earth will be completely laid waste and completely despoiled, for the Lord has spoken this word. The earth mourns and withers, the world fades and withers, the exalted of the people of the earth fade away. The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.” [NASB]

God’s judgment, the wrath of Almighty God.

Restoration follows, a new heaven and a new earth.

  • See: Isaiah 65:17-66:24
  • See: Matthew Chapter 24
  • Application:  Man in rebellion breaks God’s covenant; the earth groans. The God of wrath is also a God of mercy. He remembers the righteous remnant.

 

LESSON NUMBER 3

 Isaiah, Chapter 23 /  Verses: 13-18

 

13 Behold, the land of the Chaldeans—this is the people which was not; Assyria appointed it for desert creatures—they erected their siege towers, they stripped its palaces, they made it a ruin.

14 Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
For your stronghold is destroyed.

15 Now in that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:

16 Take your harp, walk about the city,
O forgotten harlot;
Pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs,
That you may be remembered.

17 It will come about at the end of seventy years that the Lord will visit Tyre. Then she will go back to her harlot’s wages and will play the harlot with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. 18 Her gain and her harlot’s wages will be set apart to the Lord; it will not be stored up or hoarded, but her gain will become sufficient food and choice attire for those who dwell in the presence of the Lord.” [NASB]

Tyre …once a seaport center of trade. A prophecy of its downfall. 

Application: God repeatedly warned nations of impending judgment.

 

 

LESSON NUMBER 2   

 Isaiah Chapter 23, Verses: 8-12

 

Who has planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns,
Whose merchants were princes, whose traders were the honored of the earth?
The Lord of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty,
To despise all the honored of the earth.
10 Overflow your land like the Nile, O daughter of Tarshish,
There is no more restraint.
11 He has stretched His hand out over the sea,
He has made the kingdoms tremble;
The Lord has given a command concerning Canaan to demolish its strongholds.

He has said, ‘You shall exult no more, O crushed virgin daughter of Sidon.
Arise, pass over to Cyprus; even there you will find no rest.” [NASB]

Another message on the decline of Tyre, a great coastal city of commerce.

Application:  No matter how prosperous a city, nation or individual may be… God humbles the proud and rebellious.

                                                                                

 

LESSON NUMBER 1   

Isaiah, Chapter 23, Verses: 1-7      

1 The oracle concerning Tyre. 

Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
For Tyre is destroyed, without house or harbor;
It is reported to them from the land of Cyprus.
2 Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland,
You merchants of Sidon;
Your messengers crossed the sea
3 And were on many waters.
The grain of the Nile, the harvest of the River was her revenue;
And she was the market of nations.
4 Be ashamed, O Sidon;
For the sea speaks, the stronghold of the sea, saying,
‘I have neither travailed nor given birth,
I have neither brought up young men nor reared virgins.’
5 When the report reaches Egypt,
They will be in anguish at the report of Tyre.
6 Pass over to Tarshish;
Wail, O inhabitants of the coastland.
7 Is this your jubilant city,
Whose origin is from antiquity,
Whose feet used to carry her to colonize distant places?” [NASB]

The city of Tyre was located north of Israel, on the Mediterranean coast. Tyre was a city of commerce. God would bring His judgment…

Application: Nations rise; nations fall. God is just and sovereign.

 

LESSON 5

Isaiah, Chapter 22

Verses: 20-25

“20 Then it will come about in that day,
That I will summon My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,
21 And I will clothe him with your tunic
And tie your sash securely about him.
I will entrust him with your authority,
And he will become a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
22 ‘Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder,
When he opens no one will shut,
When he shuts no one will open.
23 ‘I will drive him like a peg in a firm place,
And he will become a throne of glory to his father’s house.

24 ‘So they will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, offspring and issue, all the least of vessels, from bowls to all the jars. 25 ‘In that day’, declares the Lord of hosts, ‘the peg driven in a firm place will give way; it will even break off and fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut off, for the Lord has spoken.” [NASB]

Note the prophetic tone of verses 22-25.

  • Verse 22_See:Job 12:14, Revelation 3:7

Application:  Jesus will return to rule and reign.

 

LESSON 4

Isaiah, Chapter 22

Verses: 15-19

“Thus says the Lord God of hosts,

‘Come, go to this steward,
To Shebna, who is in charge of the royal household,
‘What right do you have here,
And whom do you have here,
That you have hewn a tomb for yourself here,
You who hew a tomb on the height,
You who carve a resting place for yourself in the rock?
‘Behold, the Lord is about to hurl you headlong, O man.
And He is about to grasp you firmly
And roll you tightly like a ball,
To be cast into a vast country;
There you will die
And there your splendid chariots will be,
You shame of your master’s house.’
I will depose you from your office,
And I will pull you down from your station.” [NASB]

‘Shebna’ served King David. He is reprimanded for his prideful behavior. God is sovereign.

Application: God sees our actions; He knows our hearts. Our future is in His hands.

 

LESSON NUMBER 3

Isaiah Chapter 22, Verses: 12-14

“Therefore in that day the Lord God of hosts called you to weeping, to wailing,

To shaving the head and to wearing sackcloth.
Instead, there is gaiety and gladness,
Killing of cattle and slaughtering of sheep,
Eating of meat and drinking of wine:
‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we may die.’
But the Lord of hosts revealed Himself to me,
‘Surely this iniquity shall not be forgiven you
Until you die,’ says the Lord God of hosts.” [NASB]

The LORD’s chastisement is sent to draw the rebellious to repentance. Instead, the wayward were celebrating and living to the excess.

Application:  We should take our sin of rebellion seriously, repent and seek God’s forgiveness. Sadly, multitudes still live with an eat, drink and be merry attitude.

 

LESSON NUMBER 2

Isaiah, Chapter 22: Verses 5-11

“For the Lord God of hosts has a day of panic, subjugation and confusion
In the valley of vision,
A breaking down of walls
And a crying to the mountain.
Elam took up the quiver
With the chariots, infantry and horsemen;
And Kir uncovered the shield.
Then your choicest valleys were full of chariots,
And the horsemen took up fixed positions at the gate.
And He removed the defense of Judah.
In that day you depended on the weapons of the house of the forest,
And you saw that the breaches
In the wall of the city of David were many;
And you collected the waters of the lower pool.
Then you counted the houses of Jerusalem
And tore down houses to fortify the wall.
And you made a reservoir between the two walls
For the waters of the old pool.
But you did not depend on Him who made it,
Nor did you take into consideration Him who planned it long ago.” [NASB]

After the Lord brings judgment, people take action.

Application:  The people were in error. They did not turn to God seeking His forgiveness and direction. God is the giver of blessings; He also offers restoration.

 

LESSON 1

Isaiah Chapter 22: Verses 1-4

“The oracle concerning the valley of vision.

What is the matter with you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops?
You who were full of noise,
You boisterous town, you exultant city;
Your slain were not slain with the sword,
Nor did they die in battle.
All your rulers have fled together,
And have been captured without the bow;
All of you who were found were taken captive together,
Though they had fled far away.
Therefore I say, ‘Turn your eyes away from me,
Let me weep bitterly,
Do not try to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.” [NASB]

Note: City of Jerusalem is surrounded by valleys. Jerusalem is atop a hill. Theologians are uncertain of exact location of the ‘valley of vision.’ 

Application: We grieve over any destruction in our homeland…

LESSON NUMBER 4

Isaiah Chapter 21: 13-17

“The oracle about Arabia.

In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night,
O caravans of Dedanites.
Bring water for the thirsty,
O inhabitants of the land of Tema,
Meet the fugitive with bread.
For they have fled from the swords,
From the drawn sword, and from the bent bow
And from the press of battle.

For thus the Lord said to me, ‘In a year, as a hired man would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will terminate; and the remainder of the number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few; for the Lord God of Israel has spoken.” [NASB]

The Dedanites,  people of Tema and Kedar were well known tribes in Arabia. They would be defeated in the future.

Application: God is in control. In times of danger and destruction people flee.

LESSON NUMBER 3

Isaiah Chapter 1, Verses 11-12

“The oracle concerning Edom.

One keeps calling to me from Seir,
‘Watchman, how far gone is the night?
Watchman, how far gone is the night?’
The watchman says,
‘Morning comes but also night.
If you would inquire, inquire;
Come back again.” [NASB]

The inhabitants of Edom were the descendants of Esau, eldest son of Isaac.

As a night watchman often sees nighttime darkness with apprehension and the coming of daybreak with hope.

Application:   We live in a world of spiritual darkness. Watch… “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come (Matthew 24:42 KJV).”

 

LESSON NUMBER 2

Isaiah Chapter 21, Verses 6-10

For thus the Lord says to me,

‘Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.
‘When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs,
A train of donkeys, a train of camels,
Let him pay close attention, very close attention.’

Then the lookout called,

‘O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower,
And I am stationed every night at my guard post.
‘Now behold, here comes a troop of riders, horsemen in pairs.’
And one said, ‘Fallen, fallen is Babylon;
And all the images of her gods are shattered on the ground.’
 O my threshed people, and my afflicted of the threshing floor!
What I have heard from the Lord of hosts,
The God of Israel, I make known to you.” [NASB]

Application: …Futility of following false gods & worshiping their images…

“Then God spoke all these words, saying,

‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

‘You shall have no other gods before Me.

‘You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me (Exodus 20:1-5 NASB).”

 

LESSON 1

Isaiah, Chapter 21 

Verses:  1-5                                                                                                        1-

“The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea.

As windstorms in the Negev sweep on,
It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifying land.
A harsh vision has been shown to me;
The treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys.
Go up, Elam, lay siege, Media;
I have made an end of all the groaning she has caused.
For this reason my loins are full of anguish;
Pains have seized me like the pains of a woman in labor.
I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see.
 My mind reels, horror overwhelms me;
The twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.
They set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink;
“Rise up, captains, oil the shields,” [NASB]

 Babylon, ‘the Desert by the Sea’…

Writer perceives Babylon’s coming destruction by enemies. Vision troubles him greatly.  Advice: prepare for battle.

Application:  Security is found only in trusting God.

 

Resurrection …

Matthew 28:1-20

“Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.’ And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus *said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.’ Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened. And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said, ‘You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’ And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.’  And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day. But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [NASB]

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Jesus’ triumphant entrance into the city of Jerusalem…

“When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

Say to the daughter of Zion,
Behold your King is coming to you,
Gentle, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’

The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting,

‘Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest!’

 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, ‘Who is this?’ And the crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.” [Matthew 21:1-11 NASB]

LESSON 1 

Isaiah, Chapter 20/Verses: 1-6                                                                                                                               

“In the year that the commander came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him and he fought against Ashdod and captured it,  at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, ‘Go and loosen the sackcloth from your hips and take your shoes off your feet.’ And he did so, going naked and barefoot. And the Lord said, ‘Even as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a sign and token against Egypt and Cush,  so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.  Then they will be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and Egypt their boast.  So the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, such is our hope, where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria; and we, how shall we escape?’” [NASB]

God used His servant Isaiah to personally demonstrate the coming fate of Egypt and Cush. Their people would be defeated, stripped naked and publicly shamed… To me this serves as a reminder of Jesus, stripped of His garments and crucified on Calvary’s Cross.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” [Hebrews 12:1-2 NASB]

Application:  The LORD humbles the proud; He lifts the humble.

LESSON NUMBER 5

Isaiah, Chapter 19                                                                                                                          Verses: 23-25

“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.” [NASB]

A spiritual alliance… According to Henry H. Halley (Halley’s Bible Handbook Commentary) the people of the area were some of the first to accept to accept the Christian faith…

Application:  In faith, we await the return of Jesus. He will reign over all nations.

LESSON 4

Isaiah, Chapter 19                                                                                                                              Verses 16-22

“In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in dread because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He is going to wave over them. The land of Judah will become a terror to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it, because of the purpose of the Lord of hosts which He is purposing against them.

 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the Lord of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction.

In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border. It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them. Thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. The Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them.” [NASB]

Through prophecy, Isaiah told of a turning toward the LORD God by Egypt. Israel’s enemies Egypt and Assyria would join them in worshiping the one true God.

Application: A day is coming, a day when all will worship and confess Jesus as Lord.          “…so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11 NASB}

LESSON NUMBER 3

Isaiah, Chapter 19                                                                                                                                  Verses: 11-15

The princes of Zoan are mere fools;
The advice of Pharaoh’s wisest advisers has become stupid.
How can you men say to Pharaoh,
‘I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings’?
Well then, where are your wise men?
Please let them tell you,
And let them understand what the Lord of hosts
Has purposed against Egypt.
The princes of Zoan have acted foolishly,
The princes of Memphis are deluded;
Those who are the cornerstone of her tribes
Have led Egypt astray.
The Lord has mixed within her a spirit of distortion;
They have led Egypt astray in all that it does,
As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
There will be no work for Egypt
Which its head or tail, its palm branch or bulrush, may do.” [NASB]

 Zoan was near the Nile River. Prophecy continues… loss of Egypt’s power…

 Application:  Though powerful, a nation’s influence and prosperity is in God’s control.

LESSON NUMBER 2                                                                                                                           Isaiah, Chapter 19                                                                                                                         Verses: 5-10

 “The waters from the sea will dry up,
And the river will be parched and dry.
The canals will emit a stench,
The streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up;
The reeds and rushes will rot away.
The bulrushes by the Nile, by the edge of the Nile
And all the sown fields by the Nile
Will become dry, be driven away, and be no more.
And the fishermen will lament,
And all those who cast a line into the Nile will mourn,
And those who spread nets on the waters will pine away.
 Moreover, the manufacturers of linen made from combed flax
And the weavers of white cloth will be utterly dejected.
And the pillars of Egypt will be crushed;
All the hired laborers will be grieved in soul.” [NASB]

 (Verses 5-10) God would bring judgment upon the nation of Egypt. An economy linked to the Nile River would suffer greatly…

 Application:  God is sovereign. He is in control, righteous in his judgment and ways.

CHRISTMAS 2016

Isaiah, Chapter 9

Verses: 6-7

 “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.” [NASB]

 (Verses 6-7) We should be able to place our names where the word ‘us’ is written. Yes, JESUS was born for each of us. God gave His Son JESUS to us. We see the word ‘government’ in each of these prophetic verses. JESUS, God the Son reigns. He is King of Kings and LORD of Lords. We see a few of the names of Christ Jesus, names that give Him the glory He deserves.  

Application: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us (Isaiah 9:6a NASB).”

 Have a Blessed Christmas!
 

LESSON NUMBER 1

Isaiah Chapter 19

Verses 1-4

 “The oracle concerning Egypt.

Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence,
And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
‘So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians;
And they will each fight against his brother and each against his neighbor,
City against city and kingdom against kingdom.
‘Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them;
And I will confound their strategy,
So that they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead
And to mediums and spiritists.
‘Moreover, I will deliver the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel master,
And a mighty king will rule over them,’ declares the Lord God of hosts.” [NASB]

In the beginning of this message, we read a statement on the LORD God’s presence. The nation of Egypt would be divided, experience internal squabbles. Sadly, instead of repenting and turning to God … Egypt would turn to occult practices. In judgment, the LORD would place them under cruel leadership (of Assyria).

Application:  God is sovereign over individuals and nations. We must serve Him alone. It is an abomination to serve idols and an abomination to turn to occult practices.

LESSON NUMBER 2

Isaiah Chapter 18

Verses: 5-7

“For before the harvest, as soon as the bud blossoms
And the flower becomes a ripening grape,
Then He will cut off the sprigs with pruning knives
And remove and cut away the spreading branches.
They will be left together for mountain birds of prey,
And for the beasts of the earth;
And the birds of prey will spend the summer feeding on them,
And all the beasts of the earth will spend harvest time on them.
At that time a gift of homage will be brought to the Lord of hosts
From a people tall and smooth,
Even from a people feared far and wide,
A powerful and oppressive nation,
Whose land the rivers divide—
To the place of the name of the Lord of hosts, even Mount Zion.” [NASB]

God does a pruning work. He is the LORD of hosts; He will be worshiped. 

Application:  We worship the sovereign God.

LESSON NUMBER 1

Isaiah Chapter 18

Verses: 1-4

“Alas, oh land of whirring wings
Which lies beyond the rivers of Cush,
Which sends envoys by the sea,
Even in papyrus vessels on the surface of the waters.
Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth,
To a people feared far and wide,
A powerful and oppressive nation
Whose land the rivers divide.
All you inhabitants of the world and dwellers on earth,
As soon as a standard is raised on the mountains, you will see it,
And as soon as the trumpet is blown, you will hear it.

For thus the Lord has told me,

‘I will look from My dwelling place quietly
Like dazzling heat in the sunshine,
Like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.” [NASB]

In this passage, we read a message about Cush/Ethiopia (located south of Egypt).

The king was influential. God knew their attitudes and actions in opposition of Assyria. In the future, the people of Cush would acknowledge God is sovereign.

Application: God looks from above. We are to look unto Him for salvation and guidance.

 

LESSON NUMBER 4
Isaiah Chapter 17
Verses 12-14

“Alas, the uproar of many peoples
Who roar like the roaring of the seas,
And the rumbling of nations
Who rush on like the rumbling of mighty waters!
The nations rumble on like the rumbling of many waters,
But He will rebuke them and they will flee far away,
And be chased like chaff in the mountains before the wind,
Or like whirling dust before a gale.
At evening time, behold, there is terror!
Before morning they are no more.
Such will be the portion of those who plunder us
And the lot of those who pillage us.” [NASB]

Chapter 17 closes with a description of Assyria’s defeat.

Application: God sometimes allows the enemies of His people to prevail. Yet, He will bring judgment upon the enemy.

LESSON NUMBER 3
Isaiah, Chapter 17
Verses: 7-11

“In that day man will have regard for his Maker
And his eyes will look to the Holy One of Israel.
He will not have regard for the altars, the work of his hands,
Nor will he look to that which his fingers have made,
Even the Asherim and incense stands.
In that day their strong cities will be like forsaken places in the forest,
Or like branches which they abandoned before the sons of Israel;
And the land will be a desolation.
For you have forgotten the God of your salvation
And have not remembered the rock of your refuge.
Therefore you plant delightful plants
And set them with vine slips of a strange god.
In the day that you plant it you carefully fence it in,
And in the morning you bring your seed to blossom;
But the harvest will be a heap
In a day of sickliness and incurable pain.” [NASB] 

(Verses 7-8) Some of God’s people repented and returned to their Maker, the LORD God. They looked to Him for forgiveness and deliverance. They turned from idol worship and worship of false gods.
(Verse 9) Destruction of cities & lands
(Verse 10) Reminder of why they faced destruction, they had forsaken the true God.
(Verse 11) Judgment for rebellion. 

Application: There is a remnant. Though man strays from God, some do see their sin. They realize that idol worship is sin, that false gods are void of power to help them. The scriptures also reveal the consequences for sin…

LESSON NUMBER 2
Isaiah, Chapter 17
Verses: 4-6

“Now in that day the glory of Jacob will fade,
And the fatness of his flesh will become lean.
It will be even like the reaper gathering the standing grain,
As his arm harvests the ears,
Or it will be like one gleaning ears of grain
In the valley of Rephaim.
Yet gleanings will be left in it like the shaking of an olive tree,
Two or three olives on the topmost bough,
Four or five on the branches of a fruitful tree,
Declares the LORD, the God of Israel.” [NASB]

___God, through His Prophet Isaiah, warns of a time of decline for His people.
There will be a decline in their faith & flesh. Yet, God will preserve a remnant.

Application: Man’s glory fades; it pales in comparison to the glory of Jehovah God.

LESSON NUMBER 1
Isaiah, Chapter 17
Verses 1-3
“The oracle concerning Damascus.
‘Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city
And will become a fallen ruin.
‘The cities of Aroer are forsaken;
They will be for flocks to lie down in,
And there will be no one to frighten them.
‘The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,
And sovereignty from Damascus
And the remnant of Aram;
They will be like the glory of the sons of Israel,’
Declares the LORD of hosts. (NASB)

Message of Damascus certain destruction. [also a judgment on Israel]. Damascus would lose their sovereignty as a people. The LORD had spoken…

Application: We worship a merciful God. His judgments in the past serve as warnings in the present.

LESSON NUMBER 4

Isaiah, Chapter 16
Verses: 13-14
“This is the word which the LORD spoke earlier concerning Moab. But now the LORD speaks, saying, ‘Within three years, as a hired man would count them, the glory of Moab will be degraded along with all his great population, and his remnant will be very small and impotent.”
[NAS]

  • The message of the LORD God.
  • A message of certain coming events, judgment upon the nation and people of Moab.
  • Yet, in his mercy, there would be a remnant.

Application: When God wills judgment, it ‘will’ come to pass.

LESSON NUMBER 3

Isaiah Chapter 16
Verses: 9-12
“Therefore I will weep bitterly for Jazer, for the vine of Sibmah;
I will drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh;
For the shouting over your summer fruits and your harvest has fallen away.
Gladness and joy are taken away from the fruitful field;
In the vineyards also there will be no cries of joy or jubilant shouting,
No treader treads out wine in the presses,
For I have made the shouting to cease.
Therefore my heart intones like a harp for Moab
And my inward feelings for Kir-hareseth.
So it will come about when Moab presents himself,
When he wearies himself upon his high place
And comes to his sanctuary to pray,
That he will not prevail.” [NAS] 

Continued lamenting for destruction of Moab as a nation…
Loss of crops
*Verse 12: Those who served pagan gods built places of worship in the high places.

Application: Serves as a warning. God wants us to grieve over our sins, to repent, turn away from evil and return to Him.

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LESSON NUMBER 2
Isaiah Chapter 16
Verses: 6-8

“We have heard of the pride of Moab, an excessive pride;
Even of his arrogance, pride, and fury;
His idle boasts are false.
Therefore Moab will wail; everyone of Moab will wail.
You will moan for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth
As those who are utterly stricken.
For the fields of Heshbon have withered, the vines of Sibmah as well;
The lords of the nations have trampled down its choice clusters
Which reached as far as Jazer and wandered to the deserts;
Its tendrils spread themselves out and passed over the sea.” [NAS]

(Verse 6) Moabites were guilty of the sins of pride and furry [aggression].

(Verses 7-8) Judgment would come. There would come a time of great sorrow, lamenting for the destruction of their fields, produce and cities.

Application:  Pride is a serious sin. God hates it; so should we.

LESSON NUMBER 1

Isaiah: Chapter 16
Verses: 1-5

“Send the tribute lamb to the ruler of the land,
From Sela by way of the wilderness to the mountain of the daughter of Zion.
Then, like fleeing birds or scattered nestlings,
The daughters of Moab will be at the fords of the Arnon.
‘Give us advice, make a decision;
Cast your shadow like night at high noon;
Hide the outcasts, do not betray the fugitive.
‘Let the outcasts of Moab stay with you;
Be a hiding place to them from the destroyer.’
For the extortioner has come to an end, destruction has ceased,
Oppressors have completely disappeared from the land.
A throne will even be established in lovingkindness,
And a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of David;
Moreover, he will seek justice
And be prompt in righteousness.”

(Verses 1-4) Prophetic passage of the destruction of Moab continues.

(Verse 5) Prophetic of the Messiah, Jesus-Son of David. (Luke 18:38)

Application: We anticipate the return of Jesus, Son of David. He will rule; He will reign over all nations.

LESSON NUMBER 2

Isaiah Chapter 15
Verses 5-9

“My heart cries out for Moab;
His fugitives are as far as Zoar and Eglath-shelishiyah,
For they go up the ascent of Luhith weeping;
Surely on the road to Horonaim they raise a cry of distress over their ruin.
For the waters of Nimrim are desolate.
Surely the grass is withered, the tender grass died out,
There is no green thing.
Therefore the abundance which they have acquired and stored up
They carry off over the brook of Arabim.
For the cry of distress has gone around the territory of Moab,
Its wail goes as far as Eglaim and its wailing even to Beer-elim.
For the waters of Dimon are full of blood;
Surely I will bring added woes upon Dimon,
A lion upon the fugitives of Moab and upon the remnant of the land.” [NAS]

In this passage, we read the results of God’s judgment upon a wicked nation. The people of Moab suffer a great loss. They experience sorrow and distress.

Application: God loves all people and gives mankind an opportunity to repent and return to Him.

LESSON NUMBER 1
Isaiah Chapter 15 Verses: 1-4
“The oracle concerning Moab. Surely in a night Ar of Moab is devastated and ruined; Surely in a night Kir of Moab is devastated and ruined.
They have gone up to the temple and to Dibon, even to the high places to weep.
Moab wails over Nebo and Medeba;
Everyone’s head is bald and every beard is cut off.
In their streets they have girded themselves with sackcloth;
On their housetops and in their squares
Everyone is wailing, dissolved in tears.
Heshbon and Elealeh also cry out,
Their voice is heard all the way to Jahaz;
Therefore the armed men of Moab cry aloud;
His soul trembles within him.” [NAS] 

The Prophet Isaiah unveils a future defeat of the people of Moab. Note the descriptive words…devastated, ruined. The Moabites would lament their great destruction and defeats.

Application: Those who oppose God will fall in defeat.

(In Next Post: Isaiah 15, Lesson 1)

Our Good Friday Passage: Isaiah 53
Verses: 1-12
“Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
9 His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
10 But the LORD was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.” 

Application: Compare this prophetic passage to Jesus’ crucifixion in the four Gospels.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21 NAS).”

He lives! 

“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying (Matthew 28:6 NAS).”

LESSON 5 

Isaiah 14
Verses: 28-32

“In the year that King Ahaz died this oracle came:
‘Do not rejoice, O Philistia, all of you,
Because the rod that struck you is broken;
For from the serpent’s root a viper will come out,
And its fruit will be a flying serpent.
‘And those who are most helpless will eat,
And the needy will lie down in security;
I will destroy your root with famine,
And it will kill off your survivors.
‘Wail, O gate; cry, O city;
Melt away, O Philistia, all of you;
For smoke comes from the north,
And there is no straggler in his ranks.
‘How then will one answer the messengers of the nation?
That the LORD has founded Zion,
And the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it.” [NAS]

Summary: Prophecy speaking of those who bring destruction. God provided protection to his people in Zion.

Application: When afflicted we have a place of refuge. Christ Jesus is our hiding place.

LESSON NUMBER 4

Isaiah Chapter 14
Verses: 22-27

22 “And I will rise up against them,” declares the LORD of hosts, ‘and will cut off from Babylon name and survivors, offspring and posterity,’ declares the LORD. 23 ‘I will also make it a possession for the hedgehog and swamps of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,’ declares the LORD of hosts. 24 The LORD of hosts has sworn saying, ‘Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand, to break Assyria in My land, and I will trample him on My mountains. Then his yoke will be removed from them and his burden removed from their shoulder. 26 This is the plan devised against the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out against all the nations. 27 For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?” [NAS]

Summary: Through the Prophet Isaiah, God promises destruction of the nations of Babylon and Assyria.

Application: When God gives a warning of coming judgment, it will come to pass.

“27 For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?”

LESSON 3
Isaiah Chapter 14
Verses:15-21

15 “Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol,
To the recesses of the pit.
16 “Those who see you will gaze at you,
They will ponder over you, saying,
‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world like a wilderness
And overthrew its cities,
Who did not allow his prisoners to go home?’
18 “All the kings of the nations lie in glory,
Each in his own tomb.
19 “But you have been cast out of your tomb
Like a rejected branch,
Clothed with the slain who are pierced with a sword,
Who go down to the stones of the pit
Like a trampled corpse.
20 “You will not be united with them in burial,
Because you have ruined your country,
You have slain your people.
May the offspring of evildoers not be mentioned forever.
21 “Prepare for his sons a place of slaughter
Because of the iniquity of their fathers.
They must not arise and take possession of the earth
And fill the face of the world with cities.”

A judgment that falls upon leaders of both Assyria & Babylon.
The passage foreshadows destruction of Satan and his fallen angels.

Application:
God is love. He is patient. God is holy. He judges the wicked.

LESSON NUMBER 2

Isaiah, Chapter 14
Verses: 9-14
“Sheol from beneath is excited over you to meet you when you come;
It arouses for you the spirits of the dead, all the leaders of the earth;
It raises all the kings of the nations from their thrones.
“They will all respond and say to you,
‘Even you have been made weak as we,
You have become like us.
‘Your pomp and the music of your harps
Have been brought down to Sheol;
Maggots are spread out as your bed beneath you
And worms are your covering.’
“How you have fallen from heaven,
O star of the morning, son of the dawn!
You have been cut down to the earth,
You who have weakened the nations!
“But you said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
And I will sit on the mount of assembly
In the recesses of the north.
‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.” [NAS]
(Verses 9-11) Mockery of the King of Babylon.
(Verses 12-14) Folly of trying to usurp God’s rule and reign over humanity. Satan still tries.
Application: The proud fall. We worship God, the Most High!
LESSON NUMBER 1

Isaiah Chapter 14
Verses: 1-8

“When the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and again choose Israel, and settle them in their own land, then strangers will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob. The peoples will take them along and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them as an inheritance in the land of the LORD as male servants and female servants; and they will take their captors captive and will rule over their oppressors. And it will be in the day when the LORD gives you rest from your pain and turmoil and harsh service in which you have been enslaved, that you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon, and say, ‘How the oppressor has ceased, And how fury has ceased! ‘The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked,
The scepter of rulers Which used to strike the peoples in fury with unceasing strokes,
Which subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained persecution. ‘The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; They break forth into shouts of joy. ‘Even the cypress trees rejoice over you, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, ‘Since you were laid low, no tree cutter comes up against us.” [NAS]
(Verses 1-2) God’s compassion on Jacob, Israel… His chosen people.
(Verses 3-4) Wrath of Babylon against Israel to turn back upon them.
(Verses 5-6) Vengeance is the LORD’s.
(Verses 7-8) Blessed with God’s rest, peace/even His creation to rejoice!
Application:
God is in control. He works in and through individuals and through nations.

LESSON NUMBER 14

Isaiah Chapter 13
Verses 17-22:
17 “ Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them,
Who will not value silver or take pleasure in gold.
18 And their bows will mow down the young men,
They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb,
Nor will their eye pity children.
19 And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride,
Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It will never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation;
Nor will the Arab pitch his tent there,
Nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.
21 But desert creatures will lie down there,
And their houses will be full of owls;
Ostriches also will live there, and shaggy goats will frolic there.
22 Hyenas will howl in their fortified towers
And jackals in their luxurious palaces.
Her fateful time also will soon come
And her days will not be prolonged.” [NAS]
(Verses 17-18) Ruthless Medes to defeat Babylon.
(Verses 19-22) Destruction of Babylon.
Application:
God works in and through individuals and nations to complete His plan.

LESSON NUMBER 13
Isaiah 13
Verses:11-16

“11 Thus I will punish the world for its evil
And the wicked for their iniquity;
I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud
And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.
12 I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold
And mankind than the gold of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,
And the earth will be shaken from its place
At the fury of the LORD of hosts
In the day of His burning anger.
14 And it will be that like a hunted gazelle,
Or like sheep with none to gather them,
They will each turn to his own people,
And each one flee to his own land.
15 Anyone who is found will be thrust through,
And anyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
16 Their little ones also will be dashed to pieces
Before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
And their wives ravished.” [NAS]

(Verses 11-13) God’s judgment of evil Babylon. Pride leads to chastisement. A great shaking.

(Verse 14) Desperate seeking for safety.

(Verses 15-16) Vicious acts against young and old.

Application:    There is much wickedness today, as was in Isaiah’s day. God cannot condone sin. He is the righteous judge. In His mercy, He offers deliverance…

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23 NAS).”

Have a Blessed Christmas!

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.”
[Isaiah 9:6-7 NAS]

Jesus!

“Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.
[Luke 2:1-20 NAS]

LESSON 2

Isaiah Chapter 13
Verses 5-10
“They are coming from a far country,
From the farthest horizons,
The LORD and His instruments of indignation,
To destroy the whole land. Wail, for the day of the LORD is near!
It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
Therefore all hands will fall limp,
And every man’s heart will melt.
They will be terrified,
Pains and anguish will take hold of them;
They will writhe like a woman in labor,
They will look at one another in astonishment,
Their faces aflame.
Behold, the day of the LORD is coming,
Cruel, with fury and burning anger,
To make the land a desolation;
And He will exterminate its sinners from it.
For the stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not flash forth their light;
The sun will be dark when it rises
And the moon will not shed its light. [NAS]
(Verse 5-6) God uses nations as His instruments of judgment.
(Verses 7-8) Fear grips all.
(Verse 9) Day of the LORD, a coming worldwide day of judgment against evil.
(Verse 10) An eerie darkness.

Application:
God’s judgment against Assyria and later against Babylon are examples of His intolerance of evil…

LESSON NUMBER 1

Isaiah Chapter 13
Verses 1-4:

“The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw. Lift up a standard on the bare hill, Raise your voice to them, Wave the hand that they may enter the doors of the nobles. I have commanded My consecrated ones, I have even called My mighty warriors, My proudly exulting ones, To execute My anger. A sound of tumult on the mountains, Like that of many people! A sound of the uproar of kingdoms, Of nations gathered together! The LORD of hosts is mustering the army for battle.”

(Verse 1-3) Isaiah receives a dire message from God. Holy God deals with the sins of wayward individuals and nations. Babylon was both His instrument of correction and His enemy.
(Verse 4) People groups gathering for battle.

Application:
We all need repeated reminders. The true God is a God of love; yet, He is also a God of wrath.

LESSON NUMBER 1
Isaiah Chapter 12
Verses: 1-6

Then you will say on that day, “I will give thanks to You, O LORD; For although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, And You comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.” Therefore you will joyously draw water From the springs of salvation. And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted.” Praise the LORD in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth. Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” [NAS]

(Verses 1-6) This portion of Isaiah reads like one of the beloved Psalms!
See: Psalm 9:1, Psalm 30:5, Psalm 56:3, Psalm 98:1, Psalm105:1, Psalm 118:14, Psalm 145:4

Application:
Give thanks to the LORD our God! Praise His name.

LESSON NUMBER 4
Isaiah Chapter 11
Verses: 14-16
“They will swoop down on the slopes of the Philistines on the west; Together they will plunder the sons of the east; They will possess * Edom and Moab, And the sons of Ammon will be subject to them. And the LORD will utterly destroy The tongue of the Sea of Egypt; And He will wave His hand over the River With His scorching wind; And He will strike it into seven streams And make men walk over dry-shod. And there will be a highway from Assyria For the remnant of His people who will be left, Just as there was for Israel In the day that they came up out of the land of Egypt.” [NAS]

(Verses 14-15) A prophetic look into future events, LORD Jesus to rule over the nations.
(Verse 16) Restoration of the remnant, God’s people, His own possession.
Application:
Through a personal faith relationship with Jesus Christ, as we make Him Lord and Savior, we are God’s people, His children. We are overcomers.

LESSON NUMBER 3

Isaiah, Chapter 11
Verses 10-13:
“Then it will come about in that day,
The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;
And His resting place will be glorious.
Then it will happen on that day that the Lord
Will again recover the second time with His hand
The remnant of His people, who will remain,
From Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath,
And from the islands of the sea.
And He will lift up a standard for the nations
And assemble the banished ones of Israel,
And will gather the dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.

Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart,
And those who harass Judah will be cut off;
Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
And Judah will not harass Ephraim.” [NAS]

(Verse 10) Root of Jesse…See: Isaiah 11:1/Romans 15:7-13

(Verses 11-12) Gathering of God’s remnant.

(Verses 13-14) Peace between Israel & Judah

Application:
Verse 10 is the key to this passage. Jesus is the Son of David, root of Jesse. He will return to earth; He will rule & reign over the nations!


LESSON NUMBER 2

Isaiah, Chapter 11
Verses 6-9:
“And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the young goat, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them. Also the cow and the bear will graze, Their young will lie down together, And the lion will eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.” [NAS]

(Verses 6-9) Another prophetic passage
• See: Isaiah 65:25
• Ezekiel 34:25
• Hosea 2:18
• Psalm 98:2-3
• Isaiah 45:6
• Isaiah 52:10
• Isaiah 66:18-23
• Habakkuk 2:14

Application:
The Bible opens in Genesis, in the Garden of Eden. Man & woman dwelt in a paradise environment, at peace among God’s created animals. At close, in the Book of Revelation, man will once more dwell in a paradise, the New Jerusalem…

LESSON NUMBER 1
Isaiah, Chapter 11
Verses 1-5:

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear; But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, And faithfulness the belt about His waist.” (NAS)

[Verse1] This entire passage is a prophetic reference to the Son of David, Jesus Christ.
• See: Isaiah 4:2/Is.53:2/ 9:7/ 11:10/
Jeremiah 23:5/ Acts 13:23/ Revelation 5:5/ Revelation 22:16
• [Verse 2]
• See: Isaiah 42:1/Isaiah 48:16/ Isaiah 61:1
Matthew 3:16/ John 1:32/ John 16:13
• [Verse 3]
See: John 2:24/ 7:24
• [Verse 4]
See: 2 Thessalonians 2:8
• [Verse 5]
See: Isaiah 25:1/ Ephesians 6:14

Application:
The Spirit of the Lord rests and resides upon Jesus, the Son of God.

LESSON NUMBER 7
Isaiah, Chapter 10
Verses 28-34:

“He has come against Aiath, He has passed through Migron; At Michmash he deposited his baggage. They have gone through the pass, saying, “Geba will be our lodging place.” Ramah is terrified, and Gibeah of Saul has fled away. Cry aloud with your voice, O daughter of Gallim! Pay attention, Laishah and wretched Anathoth! Madmenah has fled. The inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge. Yet today he will halt at Nob; He shakes his fist at the mountain of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem. Behold, the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will lop off the boughs with a terrible crash; Those also who are tall in stature will be cut down And those who are lofty will be abased. He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe, And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.” [NAS]

(Verses 28-32) God had used the nation of Assyria as an instrument of correction to wayward Judah. Prideful, Assyria believes they are superior to all nations and prepares to overtake Judah, at Jerusalem.

(Verses 33-34) The Mighty God was about to humble Assyria and cut them down to size…

APPLICATION:
God hates the sin of pride. He brings swift judgment.

LESSON NUMBER 6

Isaiah, Chapter 10
Verses 24-27:

“Therefore thus says the lord GOD of hosts, ‘O My people who dwell in Zion, do not fear the Assyrian who strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did. “For in a very little while My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yobe directed to their destruction.’ And the LORD of hosts will arouse a scourge against him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; and His staff will be over the sea and He will lift it up the way He did in Egypt. So it will be in that day, that his burden will be removed from ke will be broken because of fatness.” [NAS]

(Verse 24)
God comforted and encouraged His people in a time of trial and oppression.

(Verse 25)
The LORD had used the enemy nation to discipline wayward Israel; the time of correction would soon cease.

(Verse 26)
God would turn His wrath upon Assyria.

(Verse 27)
The LORD would lift the burden.

Application:

As a righteous Father, the LORD God brings correction to His children. Yet, he tenderly disciplines only as long as necessary…

LESSON 5

Isaiah 10: Verses 20-23
“Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea, Only a remnant within them will return; A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness. For a complete destruction, one that is decreed, the Lord GOD of hosts will execute in the midst of the whole land.”

(Verses 20-21) God’s remnant, His faithful will trust Him alone.
(Verse 22) God, through His Prophet Isaiah, said though the number of the people of Israel may be vast, on a few-a remnant, would return. His judgment, His purpose would come upon the rebellious.
(Verse 23) The Lord GOD of hosts would bring judgment upon the nation.

Application:
There is a remnant who worship and serve the true GOD. Those who rebel against Almighty God face His wrath.

       

LESSON NUMBER 4
Isaiah Chapter 10
Verses: 15-19

“ Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it? Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it? That would be like a club wielding those who lift it, Or like a rod lifting him who is not wood. Therefore the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will send a wasting disease among his stout warriors; And under his glory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame. And the light of Israel will become a fire and his Holy One a flame, And it will burn and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day. And He will destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body, And it will be as when a sick man wastes away. And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number That a child could write them down.” [NAS]

Application:
The LORD God judges the nation of Assyria. He has used them as an instrument of discipline upon His people. They had no cause to boast for their cruelty.

                  

LESSON NUMBER 3
Isaiah Chapter 10
Verses 12-14:

“12 So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, ‘I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the pomp of his haughtiness.’ 13 For he has said, ‘By the power of my hand and by my wisdom I did this, For I have understanding; And I removed the boundaries of the peoples And plundered their treasures, And like a mighty man I brought down their inhabitants, 14 And my hand reached to the riches of the peoples like a nest, And as one gathers abandoned eggs, I gathered all the earth; And there was not one that flapped its wing or opened its beak or chirped.” (NAS)

Application:
Assyria was an instrument of judgment appointed by God. His intent was to draw His people in Judah, [Jerusalem] back to Him. Through this passage, we learn of the inflated opinion of himself held by the King of Assyria. Note key words:
1) Repeated use of the word ‘I.’
2) Arrogant
3) Pomp
4) Haughtiness
5) My hand
6) My wisdom
7) A mighty man

We must learn the dangers of human pride…

 

LESSON NUMBER 2
Isaiah Chapter 10
Verses: 5-11

Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath! I send him against a godless nation, I dispatch him against a people who anger me, to seize loot and snatch plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets. But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations. Are not my commanders all kings?’ he says. ‘Has not Calno fared like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad, and Samaria like Damascus? As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols, kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria, shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images as I dealt with Samaria and her idols? “

(Verses 5-7) The LORD uses the Assyrian nation as instruments of his wrath, correction.

(Verses 7-11) The Assyrians are ruthless and full of pride, boasting of areas that they have conquered. In arrogance, they speak of doing the same at Jerusalem.

Application:

God is in control. He uses enemy nations as instruments of judgment. It is His desire that His people will repent when corrected and turn back to Him.

 

LESSON NUMBER 1

Isaiah, Chapter 10
Verses 1-4:

“Woe to those who enact evil statutes, and to those who constantly record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice, and rob the poor of My people of their rights, in order that widows may be their spoil, and that they may plunder the orphans. Now what will you do in the day of punishment, and in the devastation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your wealth? Nothing remains but to crouch among the captives or fall among the slain. In spite of all this His anger does not turn away, and His hand is still stretched out.” [NAS]

(Verses 1-2) God pronounces judgment upon Assyria. He has always sought justice and assistance for widows & orphans. They are oppressed.

(Verses 3-4) God pours out His wrath upon the wicked, often through other nations.

Application:
Unjust governments still oppress widows and orphans. Even in America, women may lose their homes through over taxation. Children coming from broken homes become pawns in legal battles. Orphaned before birth, [by birth parents who chose abortion] the unborn are not afforded the right to be born.

                                  SPECIAL EASTER WEEK

Isaiah 53

Verses:1-12 (NAS)

[The Suffering Servant]
1 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.

3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10 But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because * He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

Application:

I am sharing no commentary on this passage. Instead, I ask you to prayerfully read this Old Testament portion of the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to interpret it to you.

“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29b NAS).”

LESSON NUMBER 4
Isaiah 9
Verses: 18-21
“For wickedness burns like a fire; it consumes briars and thorns; it even sets the thickets of the forest aflame, and they roll upward in a column of smoke. By the fury of the LORD of hosts the land is burned up, and the people are like fuel for the fire; no man spares his brother. And they slice off what is on the right hand but still are hungry, and they eat what is on the left hand but they are not satisfied; each of them eats the flesh of his own arm. Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh, and together they are against Judah. In spite of all this His anger does not turn away, and His hand is still stretched out.” [NAS]
(Verse 18-19) The wicked become fuel for fires of God’s wrath.
Judah has enemies at both sides, northern kingdom of Israel and Samaria.
(Verse 20-21) No respect for human life/times of hunger & famine in the land. Tribe against tribe as conspiring against Judah. They still refuse to repent of sins. As a result, God’s hand of judgment & wrath remains outstretched.
Application:

Mankind is prone to rebel and turn away from God. Hardening their hearts; they chose to live in wickedness. God brings judgment upon sin, always wanting His people to repent and return to Him.

LESSON NUMBER 3
Isaiah, Chapter 9
Verses: 13-17
“Yet the people do not turn back to Him who struck them, nor do they seek the LORD of hosts. So the Lord cuts off head and tail from Israel, both palm branch and bulrush in a single day. The head is the elder and honourable man, and the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail. For those who guide this people are leading them astray; and those who are guided by them are brought to confusion. Therefore the Lord does not take pleasure in their young men, nor does He have pity on their orphans or their widows; for every one of them is godless and an evildoer, and every mouth is speaking foolishness. In spite of all this His anger does not turn away, and His hand is still stretched out.” [NAS]

(Verse 13) Israel continues to resist God’s acts of chastisement, refusing to repent and turn back to Him, the LORD their God.

(Verse 14) The people were standing against their enemies and against God their source of protection & deliverance. He was cutting off their self-sufficiency.

(Verses 15-16) God was displeased with leaders, old & young alike. They were leading their nation astray.

(Verse 17) Evil was running rampant. Yet, God’s hand is still outstretched, beckoning His people to return to him.

Application:
Throughout the Scriptures & throughout history God draws His people back. We need to only confess and repent of our sins. He waits with open arms.

LESSON 2

Isaiah Chapter 9
Verses 8-12:

“The Lord sends a message against Jacob, and it falls on Israel. And all the people know it, that is, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, asserting in pride and in arrogance of heart: ‘The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with smooth stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.’ Therefore the LORD raises against them adversaries from Rezin, and spurs their enemies on, the Arameans on the east and the Philistines on the west; and they devour Israel with gaping jaws. In spite of all this His anger does not turn away, and His hand is still stretched out.”(NAS)

(Verses 8-9) Message of judgment

(Verse 9b-10) Pride, arrogance and overconfident.*note use of ‘we,’ not seeking God’s guidance or aid.

(Verses 11-12) God frequently disciplines His people through circumstances, in hopes that they will repent and return to Him.

Application:

God still disciplines His children and judgment is used because He is both a loving God & Righteous God.

LESSON 1
Isaiah Chapter 9
Verses: 1-7

“But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordon, Galilee of the Gentiles. *The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. Thou shalt multiply the nation, thou shalt increase their gladness; they will be glad in Thy presence as with the gladness of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For Thou shalt break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian. For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult, and cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire. *For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. *There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forever more. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.” [NAS]

(Verses 2, 6-7/See Wing His Words Christmas lesson information.)

(Verses 1-5) The people of Israel would have times of sorrow when oppressed by their enemies from Assyria. Yet, hope rested in a great light, prophetic of the coming Messiah.

(Verses 6-7)Birth of Jesus: His many names represent aspects of His character and roles as God the Son. He will reign as King on the throne of David.

Application:

We live in a world of spiritual darkness. Yet, light dispels the darkness. Jesus is the Light of the world and Christians reflect His light.

LESSON NUMBER 4
Isaiah Chapter 8
Verses 16-22:

“Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
And I will wait for the LORD who is hiding His face from
The house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him.
Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me
are for signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion. And when they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not
speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. And they will pass through the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward. Then they will look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be driven away into darkness.”
[NAS]

(Verses 16-18) Isaiah, a Prophet ties current developments
with future fulfillment.

(Verse 19) Here, Isaiah warns against occult practices
and involvement. It is an abomination to communicate
with the dead. It is also irrational.

(Verse 20) Isaiah is as we would say, offering a salute
in honor of the law, testimony and teaching of God.
Those who reject his word are without light.

(Verses 21-22) Here, Isaiah speaks of judgment upon
wayward children of God. Instead of repenting, they
point blame to the king and even to God.

Application:
God was, is, and forever will be the authority.
He is sovereign. Seeking guidance through occult
practices is forbidden by God. This includes séances,
the reading of cards & palms, fortunetelling.

[See: Leviticus 20:6, 27]

ISAIAH CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

{I will return to our regular Book of Isaiah
Bible study after New Years’}

ISAIAH Chapter 9
Verses 2, 6-7:
[Verse 2] “The people who walk in darkness will see
a great light; those who live in a dark land,
the light will shine on them. (See: Matthew 4:15-16)

[Verses 6-7] “For a child will be born to us,
a son will be given to us;
and the government will rest on His shoulders;
and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government
or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
from then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”
(See: Luke 2:11/John 3:16/Matthew 28:18/1 Corinthians 15:25)

Application:
Isaiah prophesied of the coming of the Messiah. The prophecy
was fulfilled at the birth of His Son, Jesus…

Merry Christmas!

LESSON NUMBER 3
Isaiah Chapter 8
Verses 9-15:
“Be broken, O peoples, and be shattered;
and give ear, all remote places of the earth.
Gird yourselves, yet be shattered; gird yourselves,
yet be shattered. Devise a plan but it will be thwarted;
state a proposal, but it will not stand, for God is with us.’
For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power
and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people,
saying, ‘You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’
In regard to all that the people call a conspiracy,
and you are not to fear what they fear

or be in dread of it. 

It is the Lord of hosts whom you should regard as holy.

And He shall be your fear, and He shall be your dread.

Then He shall become a sanctuary;
but to both the houses of Israel , a stone to strike
and a rock to stumble over, and a snare and a trap
for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

And many will stumble
over them, then they will fall and be broken;
they will even be snared and caught.” (NAS)
(Verses 9-10) Judgment was imminent.
The enemies could scheme against God’s people
but God would intercede and derail their plans.
God’s presence would shield Israel.

(Verse 11) God instructed Isaiah not to conform
to the ways of the heathen.

(Verses 12-13) Isaiah and his people were not to fear
conspiracies among the enemies.
Instead, they were to fear [reverence] the LORD God.

(Verses 14-15) If the people reverenced and trusted God,
He would be a sanctuary, a safe abiding place.
Yet, those who refused would find the LORD
to be a rock to stumble over.

Application:

Four word summary:
God is in control.

LESSON NUMBER 2
Isaiah Chapter 8
Verses 5-8:
“And again the LORD spoke to me further, saying,
‘Inasmuch as these people have rejected the gently
flowing waters of Shiloah, and rejoice in Rezin
and the son of Remliah; Now therefore, behold,
the Lord is about to bring on them
the strong and abundant waters of the Euphrates,
Even the king of Assyria and all his glory;
And it will rise up over all its channels and go over
all its banks. Then it will sweep on into Judah,
it will overflow and pass through, it will reach even
to the neck; and the spread of its wings will fill the
breadth of your land, O Immanuel.” [NAS]
(Verses 5-6) The Hebrews were rejecting the Father’s
Peace as waters of Shiloah. They instead rejoiced in
their enemies.
(Verses 7-8) God described the coming judgment of
His people. [Using imagery of waters,(a rushing river)]
The enemy would invade their land in every direction,
just as outstretched wings of a bird. The land in reality
was not theirs. Immanuel is sole owner.

Application:
If we reject God and His goodness, we will receive judgment.

LESSON 1
Isaiah Chapter 8
Verses 1-4:
“Then the LORD said to me,
‘Take for yourself a large tablet
and write on it in ordinary letters:
Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey.
And I will take to Myself faithful
witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest
and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.’
So I approached the prophetess,
and she conceived and gave birth to a son.
Then the LORD said to me,
Name him Mahershalalhashbaz;
for before the boy knows how to cry out
‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’
the wealth of Damascus and
the spoil of Samaria will be carried away
before the king of Assyria.” (NAS)
(Verse 1-2) The LORD God instructs Isaiah
to write down a message of coming judgment.
He was obedient; men of honor were witnesses
to the writing.
(Verses 3-4) Isaiah and a prophetess
[believed to be his wife] fathered a son
named Mahershalalhashbaz.
The meaning of the strange name being,
“Haste ye to the spoil”
[The Pilgrim Study Bible notes].
His birth foreshadowed the prophesied
birth of Immanuel. The child was a reminder
of God’s swift judgment upon Judah’s enemies,
Damascus and Samaria.
Application:
God is patient; yet He is righteous and brings swift judgment upon the ungodly.

LESSON NUMBER 4
Isaiah Chapter 7
Verses 23-25:
“And it will come about in that day,
that every place where there used to be
a thousand vines, valued at a
thousand shekels of silver,
will become briars and thorns.
People will come there with bows
and arrows because all the land
will be briars and thorns.
And as for all the hills which used to be
cultivated with the hoe, you will not
go there for fear of briars and thorns;
but they will become a place for
pasturing oxen and for sheep to trample.”
[NAS]

(Verses 23-25) Prophetic of once fruitful vines
and property becoming nearly useless.
God Almighty first brought judgment for man’s sin
in the Garden of Eden, putting a curse upon the land.
[See: Genesis 2:17-19)

Application:
Righteous God cannot excuse sin;
He brings judgment, always having redemption
and restoration as His desire.

LESSON NUMBER 3
Isaiah, Chapter 7
Verses 20-22:

In that day the LORD will shave with a razor,
hired from regions beyond the Euphrates
(that is with the king of Assyria),
the head and the hair of the legs;
and it will also remove the beard.
Now it will come about in that day that a man
may keep alive a heifer and a pair of sheep;
and it will happen that because of the abundance
of the milk produced he will eat curds,
for everyone that is left within the land will
eat curds and honey.” (NAS)

(Verse 20) Prediction of Assyrian invasion
of Judah. Their king will serve as instrument
of ‘cutting away.’

(Verses 21-22) The residents of Palestine
had once prided themselves in numerous herds,
now merely a calf, and two sheep are noted.
Small herds and a diet of butter and honey
imply the people were impoverished.

Application:
God is sovereign and uses individuals, nations
and affliction to discipline His wayward people.

LESSON NUMBER 2
Isaiah Chapter 7

Verses: 10-19
“Then the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying
‘Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God:
make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.’
But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!’
Then he said, ‘Listen now, O house of David!
Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men,
that you will try the patience of my God as well?
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son,
and she will call His name Immanuel.
He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows
enough to refuse evil and choose good.
For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.
The LORD will bring on you, on your people,
and on your father’s house such days as have never come
since the day that Ephraim separated from Judah,
the king of Assyria.’ And it will come about in that day,
that the LORD will whistle for the fly that is in the
remotest part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee
that is in the land of Assyria. And they will all come
and settle on the steep ravines, on the ledges of the cliffs,
on all the thorn bushes, and on all the watering places.” (NAS)

(Verses 10-12) The LORD gave Ahaz an invitation to ask for
a sign, [the sky’s the limit…] Ahaz defiantly refused.

(Verses 13-14) Rebuke for trying the LORD’S patience.
The 14th verse foretells the coming of the Messiah,
The Christ child, Jesus, born of Virgin Mary. He was
and is ‘Immanuel,’ meaning ‘God with us.’

(Verse 15) An illustration of Jesus living with little.

(Verses 16-19) Message of coming judgment…

Application:
God works through history, His-story. He uses nations
as means of judgment. God fulfilled the prophecy of
the coming Messiah through the birth of Jesus.
He will fulfill all prophecy on Jesus imminent return.

LESSON NUMBER 1
Isaiah Chapter 7
Verses 1-5:

“Now it came about in the days of Ahaz,
the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah,
king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Aram
and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel,
went up to Jerusalem to wage war against it,
but could not conquer it.
When it was reported to the house of David,
saying, ‘The Arameans have camped in Ephraim,’
his heart and hearts of his people shook as the trees
of the forest shake with the wind. Then the LORD
said to Isaiah, ‘Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and your
son Shear-jashub,’ at the end of the conduit of the
upper pool, on the highway to the fuller’s field,
and say to him, ‘Take care, and be calm,
have no fear, and do not be fainthearted because of
these two stubs of smoldering firebrands, on account
of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram, and the son
of Remaliah. Because Aram, with Ephraim and
the son of Remaliah, has planned evil against you,
saying, Let us go up against Judah and terrorize it,
and make for ourselves a breach in its walls,
and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst
of it,’ thus says the Lord God, ‘It shall not stand nor
shall it come to pass. For the head of Aram is Damascus
and the head of Damascus is Rezin [now within another
65 years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer
a people), and the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the
head of Samaria is the son OF Remaliah. If you will not
believe, you surely shall not last.” (NAS)

(Verses 1-2) The nation of Aram & Israel joined forces to
wage war against Jerusalem, but they were unable to conquer
it. The house of David,  the people of Judah were terrified.

(Verses 3-5) God sent Isaiah on a divine mission of
Encouragement to the king.

(Verses 6-7) God would not let the approaching armies
succeed.

(Verse 8-9) The LORD God rules over the nations
and their leaders. The king needed to believe in His power
and authority, or their authority would not last.

Application:
God rules and reigns. We need to submit to Him and trust Him.
*Verse 6a reads like a current events news headline…

LESSON NUMBER 3
Isaiah Chapter 6
Verses 11-13:
“Then I said, ‘Lord, how long?’
And He answered,
Until cites are devastated and without inhabitant,
Houses are without people,
And the land is utterly desolate,
The LORD has removed men far away,
And the forsaken places are many
in the midst of the land.
Yet there will be a tenth portion in it,
And it will again be subject to burning,
Like a terebinth or an oak
Whose stump remains when it is felled.
The holy seed is its stump.”
(Verse 11) Isaiah asked the Lord ‘how long’ [he was
to proclaim] God’s message. The answer
indicates that it would be over an extended time,
a period of devastation for the unrepentant.
(Verse 12) The LORD had repeatedly brought judgment
on wayward Israel, through enemy nations, who besieged
their cities and carried them away into captivity.
(Verse 13) There was, there is, and there will be a remnant of
those who remain faithful to God. Burning symbolizes a
refining fire. *See:  Deuteronomy 7:6
Application: God is not finished with His people. He uses
difficult circumstances in our lives as a means of correction,
drawing His wayward people back into a right relationship with Him.

LESSON NUMBER 2
Isaiah Chapter 6
Verses 6-10:

“Then one of the seraphim flew to me,
with a burning coal in his hand which
he had taken from the altar with tongs.
And he touched my mouth with it and
said, ‘Behold, this has touched your lips;
and your iniquity is taken away, and your
sin is forgiven.’ Then I heard the voice of
the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send,
and who will go for Us?’ Then I said,
‘Here am I. Send me!’
And He said,‘Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive;
Keep on looking, but do not understand.’
Render the hearts of this people insensitive,
Their ears dull,
And their eyes dim,
Lest they see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their hearts,
And return and be healed.” (NAS)

(Verse 6) As God’s instrument, the seraphim, [created angel]
carried a burning coal from God’s altar.

(Verse 7) He touched the mouth of Isaiah with the coal; fire
is a symbol of cleansing and Holy Spirit power.Though purification, God cleansed him of sin, giving him His forgiveness.

(Verse 8) Isaiah heard God speak, *note that quote in verse 8.
‘Us’ is spoken by God the Father, in reference to the Holy Trinity.
Isaiah readily and enthusiastically volunteered to go!

(Verses 9-10) God sent him out as His royal ambassador, on mission.
He gave Isaiah a bewildering message. It ‘seems’ as though the hearers
would have no free will in their decision; yet, God who knows our hearts,
knew they would reject Isaiah’s message.

Application:
God is still extending His call to special service.
We are wise to listen, for His voice, humble ourselves and surrender.

LESSON NUMBER 1
Isaiah Chapter 6
Verses 1-5:
“In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw the Lord
sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of
His robe filling the temple.
Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings;
with two he covered his face, and with two he covered
his feet, and with two he flew.
And one called out to another and said,
‘Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.’
And the foundations of the thresholds trembled
at the voice of him who called out, while the temple
was filling with smoke.
Then I said, ‘Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” (NAS)
(Verse 1) In a vision, Isaiah sees the Lord, (historically-
it occurred in the year of King Uzziah’s death).
He witnessed a glimpse of God’s glory, His holiness,
splendor & authority. God rightfully sits upon a throne.
(Verses 2-3) Isaiah sees and hears angelic beings as they
serve and praise God, proclaiming Him as Holy!
(Verse 4) God’s power is revealed through sight & sound; smoke fills the temple as a demonstration of the presence of God’s Holy Spirit.
(Verse 5) Isaiah is humbled, confesses his unworthiness,
his being unclean (sinful) and confesses the unworthiness
of the people of his nation. He encountered God.
Application:
Isaiah Chapter 6 is one of the most powerful passages in the Bible.
It is the perfect picture of worship. True worship involves seeing God
as holy and ourselves as unworthy sinners…

“For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” (Vs. 5b)

LESSON NUMBER 5
ISAIAH CHAPTER 5
VERSES 24-30

“Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble,
And dry grass collapses into the flame,
So their root will become like rot and their blossom
blow away as dust;
For they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts,
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel,
On this account the anger of the LORD has burned against His people,
And He has stretched out His hand against them and struck them down,
And the mountains quaked; and their corpses lay like refuse
in the middle of the streets.
For all this His anger is not spent,
But His hand is still stretched out.
He will also lift up a standard to the distant nation,
And will whistle for it from the ends of the earth;
And behold, it will come with speed swiftly.
No one in it is weary or stumbles,
None slumbers or sleeps;
Nor is the belt at its waist undone,
Nor its sandal strap broken.
Its arrows are sharp, and all its bows are bent;
The hoofs of its horses seem like flint,
and its chariot wheels like a whirlwind.
Its roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions;
It growls as it seizes the prey,
And carries it off with no one to deliver it.
And it shall growl over it in that day like the roaring of the sea.
If one looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress;
Even the light is darkened by its clouds.” (NAS)
(Verse 24) God’s chosen people, nation of Israel, were coming
under His fiery judgment. They had ignored, rejected His law, cast His commands aside in exchange for false gods and idols. They gave God only lip service.
(Verse 25) They would experience His righteous wrath.
(Verses 26-30) Isaiah’s prophetic message of enemy nations coming to invade, as instruments of God’s wrath.
Application:
God is love. Yet, He is righteous and brings judgment upon sin,
and rebellion. This is a wake-up call to our generation!

LESSON NUMBER 4
Isaiah: Chapter 5
Verses 18-23:
“Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood,
And sin as if with cart ropes;
Who say, ‘Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work,
That we may see it;
And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near
And come to pass, that we may know it!’
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And clever in their own sight!
Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine,
And valiant men in mixing strong drink;
Who justify the wicked for a bribe,
And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!
(Verse s 18-19) Today we commonly say that someone has ‘baggage,’ in reference to problems they carry on with them through life. Here, we see the imagery of pulling along sin. God’s people expect Him to show Himself, to reveal Himself.
(Verses 20-23) A string of laments, woe, sadness for man’s wickedness…..
The deceived in heart & mind ‘flip-flop,’ saying evil is good and good is evil.
In God’s word, darkness represents evil and light represents God and righteousness. The lost make the big switch again. Relying on natural worldly mindset, they ‘think’ they are wise. True wisdom begins in acknowledging and submitting to God (Proverbs 3:5-6)

We read next of the problems related to drinking of alcoholic beverages, followed by words against injustice.
Application:
The key verse, 2O, serves as both a description of our generation and a warning to seek the LORD in the discernment of messages we hear from the media and in pulpits. God have mercy on us.

LESSON NUMBER 3
Isaiah, Chapter 5
Verses 13-17:
“Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge;
And their honorable men are famished,
And their multitude is parched with thirst.
Therefore Sheol has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth
without measure;
And Jerusalem’s splendor, her multitude, her din of revelry,
and the jubilant within her, ‘descend into it.’
So the ‘common’ man will be humbled,
and the man of ‘importance’ abased,
The eyes of the proud also will be abased.
But the LORD of hosts will be exalted in judgment,
And the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness.
Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture,
And the strangers will eat in the waste places of the wealthy.” (NAS)
Summary:
God’s people would pay the consequences for rebellion.
God humbles the proud….
“for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE (1 Peter 5:5b NAS).”

Application:
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time (1 Peter 5:6 NAS).

LESSON NUMBER 2
ISAIAH, Chapter 5
                                 Verses 8-12:

Woe to those who add house and join field to field,
Until there is no more room,
So that you have to live alone in the midst of the land!
In my ears the LORD of hosts has sworn,
‘Surely, many houses shall become desolate,
Even great and fine ones, without occupants,
For ten acres of vineyard will yield only one bath of wine,
And a homer of seed will yield but an ephah of grain.’
Woe to those who rise early in the morning
That they may pursue strong drink;
Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!
And their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp,
By tambourine and flute, and by wine;
But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD,
Nor do they consider the work of His hands.” (NAS)
(VS 8-9) The prophet describes rapid spread of civilization.
Security is not in real estate holdings. Owners would leave
Beautiful homes behind….
(VS 10) The land would produce far less than needed.
*Bath=an approx. 10 ½ gallons/Ephah=1 bushel (NAS side notes)
(VS 11-12) Warnings against intoxication, party life with no thoughts of the LORD, His deeds and work.
Application:
We can own fine homes and farm land.
The danger is in the placing trust and security in them.
It is not wrong to have festive gatherings with family and friends.
The LORD is displeased if we lose self-control under the influence of alcohol.

LESSON NUMBER 1
ISAIAH Chapter 5
Verses 1-7:
“Let me sing now for my well-beloved
A song of my beloved concerning His vineyard.
My well beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill.
And He dug it all around, removed its stones,
And planted it with the choicest vine.
And He built a tower in the middle of it,
And hewed out a wine vat in it;
Then He expected it to produce good grapes,
But it produced only worthless ones.
‘And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
Judge between Me and My vineyard.
‘What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not
done in it?
Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?
‘So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard:
I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed;
I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground.
And I will lay it waste;
It will not be pruned or hoed,
But briars and thorns will come up.
I will also charge the clouds to rain no rain on it.’
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel,
And the men of Judah His delightful plant,
Thus He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed;
For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.”

(Verses 1-2) Picturesque imagery of the planting of a vineyard.
God is the One planting Israel, His vineyard. He did everything possible to plant an exceptional vineyard. Naturally, He expected a bumper crop of superior fruit. To His dismay, it produced ‘worthless’ fruit.

(Verses 3-4) God asked the people of Jerusalem, in Judah to look at His side of the relationship. Hadn’t He done all He could? Why did the vineyard produce such bad fruit? He patiently worked in His vineyard.

(Verses 5-6) He pronounced judgment.

(Verse 7) God gave clear interpretation of the vineyard and its fruitlessness.

Application:
God has provided everything we need to have fruitful, meaningful lives. We have only ourselves to blame when we do not live godly lives.

LESSON NUMBER 1
Isaiah Chapter 4
Verses 1-6:

“For seven women will take hold of one man in that day,
saying, ‘We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only
let us be called by your name; take away my reproach!’
In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious,
and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and adornment of the
survivors of Israel.
And it will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains
in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem.
When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning,
then the LORD will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and
over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. And there will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.” (NAS)

(Verse 1) Great numbers of men would die in battle, leaving women with little hope of marrying.

(Verse 2) Prophetic of Jesus Branch of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1)/also symbolic of abundant land, harvests.

(Verses 3-4) Time of refining…

(Verses 5-6) God’s protection, his glory, our refuge.

Application:
God sounds a promise of refining, a demonstration of His glory restoration and providing refuge.

LESSON NUMBER 3
Isaiah Chapter 3
Verses 13-26:

“The LORD arises to contend,
And stands to judge the people.
The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of
His people,
‘It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
What do you mean by crushing My people,
And grinding the face of the poor?’
Declares the LORD God of hosts.
Moreover, the LORD said, ‘Because the daughters of Zion are proud,
And walk with heads held high and seductive eyes,
And go along with mincing steps,
And tinkle the bangles on their feet,
Therefore the LORD will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion
with scabs,
And the LORD will make their foreheads bare.’
In that day the LORD will take away the beauty of their anklets,
headbands, crescent ornaments,
dangling earrings, bracelets, veils,
headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets,
finger rings, nose rings,
festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses,
hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans, and veils.
Now it will come about that instead of sweet perfume there
will be putrefaction;
Instead of a belt, a rope;
Instead of well-set hair, a plucked out scalp;
Instead of fine clothes, a donning of sackcloth;
And branding instead of beauty.
Your men will fall by the sword,
And your mighty ones in battle.
And her gates will lament and mourn;
And deserted she will sit on the ground.” (NAS)
(Verses 13-15) God is a Righteous Judge. He judges religious and national leaders on a high standard. They have oppressed his people.
(Verses 16-17) Women (and men) were involved in pagan worship. They forsook the covenant with the LORD God.
(Verses 18-24) Jewelry and adornment was frequently associated with pagan worship and temple prostitution. The LORD was taking that away.
(Verses 25) The women would lament loss of their men, who would die in battle.
(Verse 26) Business and judgment of legal affairs often took place at the gates of the cities.

Application:
First, God is holy. He is righteous. He judges His children when they rebel against them. Repeatedly, Israel worshiped the false gods and idols of the heathens in their midst. God judged them for that spiritual infidelity.
Today, His children still fail to worship Him with our whole being. He is a jealous God. He is sovereign. One day all will bow at his feet. [Philippians 2:11]

LESSON NUMBER 2
Isaiah, Chapter 3
Verses 6-12:

“When a man lays hold of his brother in his father’s house, saying,

‘You have a cloak, you shall be ruler,
And these ruins will be under your charge.’
On that day will he protest, saying,
‘I will not be your healer,
For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
You should not appoint me ruler of the people.’
For Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah has fallen,
Because their speech and their actions are against the LORD,
To rebel against His glorious presence.
The expression of their faces bears witness against them.
And they display their sin like Sodom;
They do not even conceal it.
Woe to them!
For they have brought evil on themselves.
Sy to the righteous that it will go well with them,
For they will eat the fruit of their actions.
Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him,
For what he deserves will be done to him.
O My people! Their oppressors are children,
And women rule over them.
O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray,
And confuse the direction of your paths.”

(Verses 6-7) We naturally seek someone to lead. Some refuse to take on that role.

(Verse 8) The people of Jerusalem and Judah had fallen into sin and rebellion against God, revealed through both their speech & actions.

(Verse 9) The people were involved in immoral lifestyles and did it openly. They had no shame.

(Verse 10) The people who worship the true God and follow His commands receive blessing from Him.

(Verse 11) In contrast, people who live ungodly lives receive judgment.

Application:
Much of this applies to our generation. We seek leaders who are often not people of character and lead us astray. Immorality is viewed by many as permissible; yet, we will reap what we sow….blessings or judgment.

Lesson Number 1
Isaiah Chapter 3
Verses 1-5:
“For behold, the Lord God of hosts is going to remove from
Jerusalem and Judah
Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread,
And the whole supply of water;
The mighty man and the warrior,
The judge and the prophet,
The diviner and the elder;
The captain of fifty and the honorable man,
The counselor and the expert artisan,
And the skillful enchanter.
And I will make mere lads their princes
And capricious children will rule over them,
And the people will be oppressed,
Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor;
The youth will storm against the elder,
And the inferior against the honorable (NAS).”
(Verse1) At times God draws His people back through judgment.
He reveals that He is the provider of all things.
(Verses 2-3) He removes the leaders that we allow to take His place.
The passage shares both good and evil leadership. The terms diviner, enchanter and expert artisan ‘imply’ occult influences and those who made idols.
(Verses 4-5) These verses show a switch of roles. Instead of wisdom of elders, influencing the younger generation, impulsive youth take the reign.
They show no respect for their elders.
Application:

We sometimes experience want.
In those times of loss, we gain a closer walk with the LORD.
He removes our dependence on material things and in leaders.
We must be alert to the problems of inexperienced youth who
step into leadership roles where they are not suited. A loss of
respect for the older generation is tragic.

Lesson Number 4
Isaiah, Chapter 2
[Verses 18-22]
“But the idols will completely vanish.
And men will go into caves of the rocks,
And into holes of the ground
Before the terror of the LORD,
And before the splendor of His majesty,
When He arises to make the earth tremble.
In that day men will cast away to the moles and the bats
Their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
Which they made for themselves to worship,
In order to go into the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs,
Before the terror of the LORD and the splendor of His majesty,
When He arises to make the earth tremble.
Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils;
For why should he be esteemed? (NAS)
(Verse 18) One day, God will see to it that all idols are destroyed and removed.
(Verses 19-21) Fearing God’s final judgment and His power
Men will try to hide from Him.
(Verse 22) God alone is Almighty.
Application:
Men and women have foolishly worshiped idols for thousands of years and they still do. God is a patient and loving Father. Yet, He cannot ignore the sin of Idol worship. His judgment will be swift and severe.

 

LESSON NUMBER 3

Isaiah Chapter 2
Verses 12-17

“For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning
Against everyone who is proud and lofty,
And against everyone who is lifted up,
That he may be abased.

And it will be against all the cedars of Lebanon
that are lofty and lifted up

Against all the oaks of Bashan,
Against all the lofty mountains,
Against all the hills that are lifted up,
Against every high tower,
Against every fortified wall,
Against all the ships of Tarshish,
And against all the beautiful craft.
And the pride of man will be humbled,
And the loftiness of men will be abased,
And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.”(NAS)
(Verse 12) This verse opens this passage and opens
the ‘key’ to all that follows.
The LORD is planning a day of reckoning
against all who are prideful.
Note the end of the verse: that he may be abased
(brought down-humbled).
(Verses 13-15) Using the creation as examples, the LORD
reveals how the lofty will be made low.
(Verse 16) Here, we read where man’s strength through business,
Shipping is also temporary.
(Verse 17) This is the bottom line of the LORD’S reckoning.
Man will be humbled. The ‘LORD alone’ is worthy of exaltation.

Application:

Pride is a sin against Almighty God.

He is a holy God, worthy of worship and praise!

 

LESSON NUMBER 2

Isaiah 2

Verses: 6-11

“Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

For Thou hast abandoned Thy people, the house of Jacob,

Because they are filled with influences from the east,

And they are soothsayers like the Philistines,

And they strike bargains with the children of foreigners.

Their land has also been filled with silver and gold,

And there is no end to their treasures;

Their land has also been filled with horses,

And there is no end to their chariots.

Their land has also been filled with idols;

They worship the work of their hands,

That which their fingers have made.

So the common man has been humbled,

And the man of importance has been abased,

But do not forgive them.

Enter the rock and hide in the dust

From the terror of the LORD and

from the splendor of His majesty.

The proud look of man will be abased,

And the loftiness of man will be humbled,

And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. (NAS)

(Verses 5-6) A call to the people of Jacob, [nation of Israel]

Calling them to walk in the light of the LORD.

Isaiah accusing God of abandoning His people, Israel.

He seemed to have left them because of their alliances with heathens.

(Verse 7) Their land was rich in material things and they were

trusting in their military might.

(Verse 8)The people had turned away from God and turned

To the worshiping of idols, made with their own hands.

(Verse 9) Both the wealthy and the poor were humbled by God.

(Verse 10) The God of love is also the God of judgment.

He holds us accountable for worshiping idols and false gods.

(Verse 11) In the end every man, woman and child will bow before

The Lord, humbled in His presence.

Application:

This Isaiah passage is as relevant today as when written.

Mankind turns away from God their Creator and turns to idols

of money, materialism, power and fame. If not careful, we can

even be enticed to worship our families,

placing them above our commitment

to the LORD God.

LESSON NUMBER 1

Isaiah Chapter 2

Verses 1-4

“The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah

and Jerusalem.

Now it will come about that

In the last days,

The mountain of the house of the LORD

Will be established as the chief of the mountains,

And will be raised above the hills;

And all the nations will stream to it.

And many peoples will come and say,

‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,

To the house of the God of Jacob;

That He may teach us concerning His ways,

And that we may walk in His paths,’

For the law will go forth from Zion,

And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

And He will judge between the nations,

And will render decisions for many peoples;

And they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their

spears into pruning hooks.

Nation will not lift up sword against nation,

And never again will they learn war.” (NAS)

*[This is a prophetic passage and searching scripture references is best]

(Verse 2: See- Micah 4:1-3/Isaiah 27:13, 66:20, 56:7)

(Verse 3: Isaiah 51:4-5/Luke 24:47)

(Verse 4: Isaiah 32:17-18/Joel 3:10/Isaiah 9:5,7/Isaiah 11:6-9/Hosea 2:18/Zechariah 9:10

Application:

The key phrase is “last days.” I await the return of Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will rule and reign over all nations in the New Jerusalem!

 

LESSON NUMBER 6

Chapter 1

Verses: 27-31

“Zion will be redeemed with justice,

And her repentant ones with righteousness.

But transgressors and sinners will be crushed together,

And those who forsake the LORD shall come to an end.

Surely, you will be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired,

And you will be embarrassed at the gardens which you have chosen.

For you will be like an oak whose leaf fades away,

Or as a garden that has no water:

And the strong man will become tinder,

His work also a spark.

Thus they shall both burn together,

And there will be none to quench them.” (NAS)

(Verse 27-28) The people of Israel were divided in allegiance.

The group who repented of the sin of idol worship found redemption.

Those who forsook the LORD would receive His wrath.

(Verse 29) The idol worshipers gathered by Oak trees, in garden groves.

(Verse 30) Void of faith and repentance the transgressors would wither.

(Verse 31) Strong, yet tinder for a fire it only takes a spark to start judgment fires.  

Application:

God is a holy God, He is a God of justice. Those who repent of their sin find forgiveness. Yet, those who refuse to turn from sin will face God’s punishment.

LESSON NUMBER 5

Isaiah Chapter 1

Verses 21-26:

“How the faithful city has become a harlot,

She who was full of justice!

Righteousness once lodged in her,

But now murderers.

Your silver has become dross,

Your drink diluted with water.

Your rulers are rebels,

And companions of thieves;

Everyone loves a bribe,

And chases after rewards.

They do not defend the orphan,

Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.

Therefore the Lord GOD of hosts,

The Mighty One of Israel declares,

‘Ah, I will be relieved of My adversaries,

And avenge Myself on My foes.

And I will also turn My hand against you,

And will smelt away your dross as with lye,

And will remove all your alloy.

Then I will restore your judges as at the first,

And your counselors as at the beginning;

After that you will be called the city of righteousness,

A faithful city.”

(NAS)

(Verse 21) People are unfaithful to God’s covenant.

There is a  lack of justice.

(Verse 22) They have compromised their principles.

(Verse 23) Leaders are corrupt. They show no compassion to the needy.

(Verse 24-26) God is Sovereign; He takes control.

He uses refining fires to purify His people. He restores rebellious leaders.

Application:

The locale and times may be Old Testament. Yet, the words are descriptive of our world today. We find corruption in government on local, state, national and global levels. God is still in control and is just in dealing with those outside His will.

 

LESSON NUMBER 4

Isaiah 1:16-20

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;

Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.

Cease to do evil,

Learn to do good;

Seek justice,

Reprove the ruthless;

Defend the orphan,

Plead for the widow.

‘Come now, and let us reason together,’

Says the LORD,

‘Though your sins are as scarlet,

They will be white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They will like wool.

‘If you consent and obey,

You will eat the best of the land;

But if you refuse and rebel,

You will be devoured by the sword.’

Truly the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

                                                         (NAS)

(Verse 16) This verse describes true repentance.

(Verse 17) Do the right things. Take a stand against what is morally wrong or unjust. Defend the oppressed.

(Verse 18) The LORD invites us to reason things out. When we repent, we find forgiveness through His Son Jesus. He transforms us!

(Verse 19) We have freedom of choice. When we follow the will of the LORD, He blesses us richly.

(Verse 20) If we chose to rebel against His authority we leave our lives open to destruction. The word is from the LORD.

Application:

Repentance is nearly extinct in our vocabulary. God honors repentance, a turning away from sin, seeking His forgiveness and turning toward Him in faith. He forgives our sins, cleanses us of the stain of sin. He makes us as white and pure as a new fallen snow, white as wool of a gentle lamb. God seeks justice for the helpless and wants us to join Him in that ministry. We chose to obey or rebel. We will reap what we sow.  

LESSON NUMBER 3

Isaiah 1:10-16:

“Hear the word of the LORD,

You rulers of Sodom;

Give ear to the instruction of our God,

You people of Gomorrah.

‘What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?’

Says the LORD.

‘I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams,

And the fat of fed cattle.

And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs, or goats.

When you come to appear before Me,

Who requires of you this trampling of My courts?

Bring your worthless offerings no longer;

Incense is an abomination to Me.

New moon and Sabbath, the calling of assemblies—

I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly.

I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts,

They have become a burden to Me.

I am weary of bearing them.

So when you spread out your hands in prayer,

I will hide My eyes from you,

Yes, even though you multiply prayers,

I will not listen.

Your hands are covered with blood.”

(Verse 10) The people of the cities of Sodom & Gomorrah were exceedingly wicked. The LORD destroyed them. To compare the people of Isaiah’s day was strong language.

(Verse 11) God had put the sacrificial system in place. Yet, to the people it became ritualistic, used merely as a cover-up of individual sins and sins of the Nation, Israel.

(Verse 12) They were not entering the courts of the Temple in Jerusalem reverently.

(Verse 13) He wanted nothing to do with their sham of sacrifice.

(Verse 14) Just as God had commanded them to offer sacrifices to atone for sin, He established special holy days, festivals & feasts. Now, He could not bear to witness his people observing them.

(Verse 15) They were wasting their time trying to pray [without repentance].

 

Application:

When religious practices replace relationship with the Father, Son, and

Holy Spirit we are in spiritual danger. God is seeking those who worship

Him in Spirit and in Truth.

 

LESSON 2

Book of Isaiah: Chapter One

Verses 5-9: Where will you be stricken again,

As you continue in your rebellion?

The whole head is sick,

And the whole heart is faint.

From the sole of the foot even to the head

There is nothing sound in it,

Only bruises, welts, and raw wounds,

Not pressed out or bandaged,

Nor softened with oil.

Your land is desolate,

Your cities are burned with fire,

Your field—strangers are devouring them in your presence;

It is desolation, as overthrown by strangers.

And the daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard,

Like a watchman’s hut in a cucumber field, like a besieged city.

Unless the LORD of hosts

Had left us a few survivors,

We would be like Sodom,

We would be like Gomorrah.”

(Verses 5-6): Isaiah gives a physical diagnosis of very real spiritual ailments. Due to their rebellion against God, they were sick unto death. Individually, as families, cities, spiritual and governmental leaders, their nation as a whole had the terminal illness of sin. It had gone untreated.

(Verses 7-8): They were under God’s hand of judgment, undergoing oppression of their enemies, as a city under siege would experience.

(Verse 9): They were a chosen people, recipients of Jehovah God’s mercy. He could have sent fire and brimstone upon them to destroy them as He had done in Sodom and Gomorrah. Instead, He saved a remnant.

Application:

Sins of rebellion are like a growing cancer. The condition is contagious. We live in a world of spiritual darkness with carriers of the disease surrounding us. We do not have to be ill. God offers spiritual wholeness and health. The heavenly Father is righteous and holy. Yet, He is compassionate and merciful. We need only to turn away from sin and return to Him.     

 

LESSON NUMBER 1

Isaiah: Chapter 1

Verses: 1-4: “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezzekiah, kings of Judah. Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For the LORD speaks, ‘Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me. ‘An ox knows its owner, And a donkey its master’s manger, But Israel does not know, My people do not understand.’ Alas, sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity, Offspring of evildoers, Sons who act corruptly! They have abandoned the LORD, They have despised the Holy One of Israel, They have turned away from Him.”

(VS 1) An introduction of the writer, Isaiah the Prophet. He shares personal information, identifying his family line, son of Amoz. He then shares pertinent historical time lines, through naming the kings of Judah during his ministry.

(Vs 2-3) A call to listen and witness the message of the LORD. His sons (nations of Israel and Judah) rebelled against His authority. Animals know the will of their owners, (masters); yet, Israel does not know, His people do not understand.

(Vs 4) Israel is described as a sinful nation, people of iniquity, decedents of people who acted out evil, sons who were corrupt. They had abandoned Him, betraying the LORD, despising Him, the Holy One of Israel, turning away from His presence and will.

Application:

I can only imagine  the hurt of the Heavenly Father’s heart when His children rebel against His perfect will. The comparison of His children to farm animals is striking. Animals learn what pleases their masters; they know He feeds them. In contrast, God’s children are clueless. They purposely turn away from Him.  

 

  

 

 

 


  

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