Bible Study Recap Isaiah 48-50

I’m caught up and we have 16 chapters left to go in Isaiah!  Hard to believe we’ve made it this far.  I actually really like the lessons that we are puling out of Isaiah – the God will never abandon us, that we have the responsibility to turn TO God (yes, we have to take that responsibility!) and that nothing is irredeemable.

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Bible Study Weekly Recap
June 2, 2015
Isaiah Week 14 {Isaiah 48-50}

Isaiah 48

God speaking

A reminder that all of the things that were told long ago have come true!

Isaiah 48:3
I foretold the former things long ago,
my mouth announced them and I made them known;
then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

This is very repetitive

I told you what was going to happen, you didn’t listen, it happened, now I am telling you again what will happen.

The responsibility is on Israel – Israel needs to turn themselves towards God, Israel needs to worship God. The same thing is happening today. The responsibility is on US to listen to God speaking!

Isaiah 48:12
“Listen to me, Jacob,
Israel, whom I have called:
I am he;
I am the first and I am the last.

  • Like other references in Isaiah, we see this in Revelation

Isaiah 49

The servant is speaking in this chapter – this is a big deal, because it shows that the servant has accepted his role!

As we read this, we should remember that in the same way that God called “the servant” God also calls US. Are we ready? How will we respond when God calls us to something?

Isaiah 49:5-6
And now the Lord says—
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
and gather Israel to himself,
for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord
and my God has been my strength—
he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

  • We don’t know who, exactly, is being talking about here …
  • Read through a Christian lens, this is a prophecy for Jesus Christ
  • Not reading through a Christian lens … Isaiah? Christ? Us? Are we being called to be God’s light in the world?
  • The important things to take out of this is a reassurance that God will take care of us

Isaiah 49:13
Shout for joy, you heavens;
rejoice, you earth;
burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

  • Divine comfort
  • Scriptural proof that God will NEVER abandon us

Vulnerability

  • Part of opening ourselves up to God means also opening ourselves up to others.
  • It is easy to ask for prayers for others, but how often do we ask for prayers for ourselves? We often think that we have to be perfect, but it is through our imperfections and our vulnerability that we truly open ourselves up to God’s grace

Isaiah 50

Cultural reference to divorce

Israel = wife
God = husband

The “husband” (God) did not send the “wife” (Israel) away – Israel can still come back to God

In the end, nothing is irredeemable.

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