Bible Study Recap – Isaiah 21-26

I’m so far behind in posting my notes from bible study!  We got through Isaiah 21-26 last week and Isaiah 27-29 this week.  Here are my notes from Isaiah 21-26!  I haven’t taken as many notes lately because I tend to get caught up in the conversation (I don’t like to hold up the conversation to take notes!) and I don’t have as much time as I would like to recreate everything after the fact.  Regardless – I hope this helps!

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Bible Study Weekly Recap
April 14, 2015
Isaiah Week 8 {Isaiah 21-26}

Isaiah 21

Isaiah 21:2

“A dire vision has been shown to me”

  • A first person narrative of someone receiving the prophecy

Isaiah 21:1-10

  • Comparable to Isaiah 47 – looks to the future of Judah’s antagonist

Isaiah 21:11-17

  • God’s judgment on the nations
  • We do not know the details

Isaiah 22

Juxtaposition

  • From celebration to exile
  • People were lifted up only to be brought down later – this anticipates the Babylonian exile

Isaiah 22:4

Therefore I said, “Turn away from me;
let me weep bitterly.
Do not try to console me
over the destruction of my people.”

  • I = Isaiah
  • Isaiah was mourning over the destruction of humanity

Isaiah 22:9

You saw that the walls of the City of David
were broken through in many places;

  • NT prophesy?

Isaiah 22:11

You built a reservoir between the two walls
for the water of the Old Pool,
but you did not look to the One who made it,
or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.

  • You need to give thanks to God for all that surrounds us
  • Humans can only do so much – we have to give regard to God for giving us all that we have.

Pride/Idolatry

  • We cannot turn away from God and focus solely on the material things that we create in our lives

Isaiah 23 

Tyre

  • Port City
  • The location is ambiguous – the mighty ships are no match for God’s power

Pride

  • Pride separates people from God
  • They are putting their value in material things, not in God

v.9

  • Different translations use the world “shame” and “humbled” – offer subtle differences in meaning

Tyre – Woman

  • Merchant – Prostitute
  • The city is compared to a woman who was prosperous but brought down, eventually having to prostitute herself

Isaiah 24

Chapters 24-27 – Redaction Editing, most likely added in later

  • There is no real consistency in style or purpose – just oblivious people
  • Is this Isaiah’s way of explaining the exile after the fact?

Reaction to trading?

  • Is this about lessening the divide between the rich and the poor?

v. 6
Therefore a curse consumes the earth

  • What will happen is going to be a reaction to something

Balance (v. 11-23)

  • We have to be able to find a balance between giving glory to God and still being happy with the things in our earthly lives and our accomplishments

Isaiah 25

v.1

Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,

  • PRAISE!

v.4

  • God is our refuge
  • We need to praise God in the midst of chaos

v. 7
On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;

  • It’s not the people that are causing them to turn people away from God, it is the veil/shroud that is covering them

v. 8
he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.

  • There is a soft tenderness to this
  • Points to Revelation

Isaiah 26

v. 1-6

  • How to live according to God’s word

v.7

The path of the righteous is level;
you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.

  • God will make the righteous path clear for us to take

v.9

My soul yearns for you in the night;
in the morning my spirit longs for you.

  • This shows the love that Isaiah has for these people.
  1. 12-18

FAITH in the Lord

  • It’s going to be okay, we just do not know what it is going to look like yet

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