Bible Study Recap – Isaiah 30-33

I’m a little behind in getting my Bible Study recaps posted (story of my life) but here are my notes from Isaiah 30-33. It really is remarkable to me how much this ancient book is speaking to me today. I realize the political unrest is a bit different 🙂 but wow – all of the encouragement to turn towards God, to let go of our earthy alliances, to not abandon God’s purposes so God’s help is always available.

It’s powerful.

Anyway … here you go!

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Bible Study Weekly Recap
April 28, 2015
Isaiah Week 10 {Isaiah 30-33}

Isaiah 30

Prophecy to the Judeans who are seeking alliances with Egypt

  • (paraphrasing) – Woe to the people who are carrying our plans that are not God’s plans

What does this tell us about the nature of people?

  • People do not want to hear the hard stuff or deal with the hard stuff in their lives – it’s easier to find alliances that will tell them what they want to hear
  • But our alliances – our friends, our possessions, our stuff – they won’t give us the help that we really need

Direct disobedience

  • Isaiah 30:15 – “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”
  • The Judeans know where their salvation comes from, but they are refusing this – they are turning away from it.

And yet God is gracious

  • Isaiah 30:18

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!

Cry out! God wants to show you mercy.

  • Isaiah 30:21

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

  • You have to make yourself vulnerable in order to let God in

Heaven on earth

  • Read Isaiah 30:23-26

He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows. The oxen and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder and mash, spread out with fork and shovel. In the day of great slaughter, when the towers fall, streams of water will flow on every high mountain and every lofty hill. The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.

  • This reads very similarly to Revelation 21

Isaiah 31

Still talking about alliances with Egypt

Isaiah 31:3

But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God;
their horses are flesh and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand,
those who help will stumble,
those who are helped will fall;
all will perish together.

  • Those who help – Egypt
  • Those who are helped – Judah

All will perish together

  • It does not matter which side of the alliance you are on – you should not look to someone other than God for help and if someone comes to you for help, you should turn them to help (v. 3)

God assumes we will figure this out

  • Isaiah 31:6-7

Return, you Israelites, to the One you have so greatly revolted against. For in that day every one of you will reject the idols of silver and gold your sinful hands have made.

  • “In that day” – when, not if

Falling by God’s destruction

  • Isaiah 31:8-9 (Assyria will fall by no human sword)

Isaiah 32

“Women” of leisure

Isaiah 32:9

You women who are so complacent,
rise up and listen to me;
you daughters who feel secure,
hear what I have to say!

  • There he goes picking on women again!
  • This is not just a reference to women, but to everyone who sits in complacency
  • When you abandon God’s purposes you also abandon God’s help – God cannot help you if you are not reaching out

Isaiah 33

The unnamed enemy in this passage is Babylon

Isaiah 32:2

Lord, be gracious to us;
we long for you.
Be our strength every morning,
our salvation in time of distress.

  • Good one to hold onto!
  • What happens in our lives when we finally turn to God and ask for help?

Why we need to turn towards God (both according to the prophet but also in our own lives)

  • When we turn away from God, we become weakened and vulnerable. We do not have God’s strength to hold us up against evil
  • Who wants to live like this? Turn towards God! Let yourself be strengthened!

Isaiah 33:24

No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill”;
and the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven.

  • We do not need to live in a place voice and empty of God’s promises. A place has been prepared for us and we can dwell in that place on earth

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