Bible Study Recap Isaiah 34-39

HOLY COW WE FINISHED THE FIRST SECTION OF ISAIAH.

Sorry.  I don’t mean to yell.

But seriously – I decided to read the last chapter (the names are brutal in these chapters and everyone else had a turn to stumble through them, I thought I’d take a chapter too!) and when I finished, we almost started cheering.  Isaiah has been a very challenging book – theologically, historically, emotionally – and it’s LONG.  We’ve definitely thought over the past few months that this book would never end.  So to get through this first section just seemed like we reached a huge milestone.

Here are my notes!

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Bible Study Weekly Recap
May 12, 2015
Isaiah Week 11 {Isaiah 34-39}

Read chapters 34 & 35 together, as they stand in stark contrast to one another. Isaiah 34 describes a life without God – cold, dark and void (Edom). Isaiah 35 describes a much different life – much better and more fulfilled – with God (Judah).

Isaiah 34

This chapter was likely added after the fact

Isaiah 34:8

For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.

  • God is using Zion as an example for the whole world

Pure desolation

  • This is what your life will look like without God
  • This life is described as almost unihabitable

Isaiah 35

This is what life looks like WITH God

Nothing is so bad that God cannot redeem us

The Holy Way

  • Isaiah 35:8

And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.

  • The path we should be walking
  • Who are we held accountable to? God, not others

Isaiah 36

Assyria – King Sennacherib

Judah – King Hezekiah

King Sennacherib (of Assyria) wants to know why King Hezekiah is trusting Egypt (alliance from earlier chapter)

But Hezekiah was trusting God

Sennacherib was telling the Judeans NOT to trust Hezekiah, saying that God would not deliver them. Sennacherib wanted the Judeans to surrender to the Assyrians.

The Judeans were trusting God

  • Isaiah 36:21

But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, “Do not answer him.”

Isaiah 37 

King Sennacherib was trying to undermine God

Hezekiah was remaining faithful

  • Isaiah 37:15

And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord:

  • Isaiah 37:20

Now, Lord our God, deliverus from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are the only God

Isaiah 37:21-38

  • The fall of King Sennacherib!!!!!
  • Verse 26 – Haven’t you heard? I planned this!

God will protect and defend his city

  • Isaiah 37:35

“I will defend this city and save it,
for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!”

Isaiah 38

Hezekiah’s illness

After Sennacherib died

Isaiah 39

Visitors from Babylon – they were casing the joint!

Hezekiah was naïve and showed them everything

This kind of leaves us like a TV show would leave you at the end of the season – everything seems to be turning out okay, but then there is a big cliffhanger in the end.

Isaiah 39:8

“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”

To be continued …

We are finished with the first section of Isaiah! Come back next week for the exile …

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