Bible Study Recap Isaiah 40-44

I am so behind in posting these notes!  It’s hard to believe we’re getting close to the end of Isaiah!  There’s a chance we might even finish before we break for the summer!

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Bible Study Weekly Recap
May 19, 2015
Isaiah Week 12 {Isaiah 40-44}

Isaiah 40

Very difference voice from Isaiah 1-39

Spoken in first person, prophet

We read this chapter a lot through Advent and Christmas. Much of Handel’s Messiah comes straight out of this chapter

Isaiah 34:3
A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.

  • This is a never-ending process
  • We have to work hard to accomplish this in the world an in ourselves
  • It is hard to trust – but this is why we have the church / faith community

Isaiah 40:12-17

  • Who else has done all of the things that God has?
  • We cannot compare God to something on our level. We are constantly trying to compare God to something that we understand, but that is not possible

Isaiah 40:28-31
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

  • A wonderful commentary on what it means to fully trust God and surrender yourself to his power in your life!

 

Isaiah 41

First-person God

This is a commentary on King Cyrus and his desire to conquer multiple nations

Isaiah 41:4
Who has done this and carried it through,
calling forth the generations from the beginning?
I, the Lord—with the first of them
and with the last—I am he.”

  • As Christians, this points to the New Testament and Revelation (the alpha & omega, beginning & end)
  • God is the one who calls us, not earthly kings

Speaking to people in exile

  • This is edited in a way so people don’t cling to other God’s

“Do not fear”

  • This is repeated over and over again
  • This is often used in funeral liturgy (particularly Isaiah 41:10) – a reminder to all of us that even throughout our deepest struggles, we need to trust God, release our fears to God.

Isaiah 41:17
But I the Lord will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

  • God will NEVER abandon us!

Other God’s challenged

  • Isaiah 41:21-29
  • Even if other God’s try to present their case, they do not have one!
  • God gives us life and brings the messenger of the good news

Isaiah 42

This chapter goes back and forth between the prophet and God

Royal Commissioning of God’s servant

Our commissioning

Isaiah 42:1-9

  • Isn’t this a good standard for us to hold ourselves up to?
  • What if God is calling US, TODAY?

Isaiah 42:9
See, the former things have taken place,
and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
I announce them to you.”

  • God is always creating new things

God is bringing life to our world and to our lives

Isaiah 43

God calls us by name

Isaiah 43:1
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Isaiah 43:22-28

  • God doesn’t require that we are perfect and that we do not sin. God forgives our sins

Isaiah 44

“You are my witnesses”

God needs us as much as we need God

Worshiping idols will bring us nothing; worshiping God will bring us anything

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