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Dec 13 2010

December 16, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self-Study Chapters 56 – 66

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The Book of Isaiah

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Isaiah 56:1-12   God is bringing a new age of salvation for His people.  But He expects them to live as people who belong to Him, keeping His laws and practicing justice.

Isaiah 57:1-21   The Lord’s people cannot worship the one true God and participate in idol worship at the same time.  He demands their exclusive loyalty (Josh. 24:15).

Isaiah 58:1-14   True religion does not consist of observing rituals such as fasting and offering sacrifices.  The Lord honors such things as obedience of His commands and treating others with justice and fairness. (Amos 5:18-27)

Isaiah 59:1-21  The prophet catalogs the wicked and sinful actions that have seperated the people of Judah from the Lord: lying, vanity and pride, killing innocent people, and rebellion against God.

Isaiah 60:1-22   Isaiah 61:1-11   Isaiah 62:1-12    In these three chapters, Isaiah gives us a glimpse of the future glory of Jerusalem.  God will take delight in His people.  They will shine like a beacon of righteousness, drawing all nations of the earth to bow before the Lord.  Jesus quoted from Isaiah 61:1-2  when He identified Himself as the Messiah who had been sent by God “to preach good tidings unto the meek…to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives” (v. 1; see Luke 4:18-19).

Isaiah 63:1-19  Isaiah 64:1-12   But before these blessings fall upon God’s people, He must punish them for their sin and rebellion.  This leads Isaiah to offer a beautiful prayer that God will uphold and sustain them during their days of trouble and suffering  (2 Kings 251-12).

Isaiah 65:1-25  Isaiah 66:1-24   Isaiah ends his book by drawing a contrast between two different destines.  Total destruction awaits those who continue in their sin and refuse to turn to God.  But a life of joy and peace is the destiny of those who follow the Lord.

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Dec 13 2010

December 13, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self-Study Chapters 46 – 55

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Isaiah

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Isaiah 46:1-13  Isaiah reminds the people that the worship of idols is futile, since they are weak and helpless and offer no hope.

Isaiah 47:1-15   The nation of Babylonia will be devastated by the Lord because of its wickedness and pride.

Isaiah 48:1-22   Throughout their history the nations of Judah and Israel have rejected God.  But He continues to love them and to call them back from their wicked wayward ways.

Isaiah 49:1-26    Isaiah 50:1-11   Isaiah 51:1-23   Isaiah 52:1-12   Isaiah 53 1:12   Isaiah 54:1-17   Isaiah 55:1-13   These seven chapters of Isaiah contain more of the prophet’s famous “Servant Songs” (Isaiah 42:1-9).  At times the prophet seems to speak of the nations of Judah and Israel as God’s servant.  But in other places in these passages, it is clear that he is referring to the Servant who is to come – the Messiah.  Chapter 53 is clearly messianic in nature.  It portrays the “Suffering Servant” – Jesus – who gave His life to secure redemption for others:  “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed” (v.5).

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Dec 06 2010

December 2, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self-Study Chapters 40 – 45

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The Book of Isaiah

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Isaiah 40:1-31   The prophet Isaiah follows his prediction of disaster for Judah with words of encouragement.  The Lord is the great comforter who never stops loving His people.  He gives power and strength to those who depend on Him.

Isaiah 41:1-29   In contrast to lifeless idols that are fashioned by human hands, God is the living, awesome Lord who brought all of creation into being (Gen. 1:1-24).

Isaiah 42:1-9   This is one of several “servant” passages or “Servant Songs” in Isaiah.  The nations of Judah and Israel have failed to carry out the mission of world redemption that God intended.  Therefore, He will accomplish this through one person-His coming Servant, the Messiah, His Son Jesus Christ.  Isaiah 42:10-16  This redemptive mission of God’s Servant is reason for rejoicing: “Give glory unto the Lord, and declare His praise in the islands” (v. 12).    Isaiah 42:17-25   In contrast to the faithfulness of God’s Servant, the nations of Judah and Israel have rejected the Lord and followed their own desires. 

Isaiah 43:1-28  and Isaiah 44:1-5   In spite of the unfaithfulness of His people, God forgives.  He will walk with them in their humiliation and suffering.

Isaiah 44:6-20  These are some of the most striking verses in the Bible on the worship of false gods.  How foolish it is for a person to worship something he has conceived in his mind and fashioned with his hands  (Jer. 10:1-25).

Isaiah 44:21-28  In contrast to lifeless and powerless idols, the one true God is the living and powerful redeemer of His people. 

Isaiah 45:1-13  The Lord promises to restore His people to their homeland after a period of exile in Babylonia and Persia.  This will be accomplished by the Lord, who will use King Cyrus of Persia as an instrument in His plan (v.1; see 2 Chron. 36:22-23).

Isaiah 45:14-25  The entire world will eventually turn to God because He alone offers salvation: “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (v.22).

 

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Dec 05 2010

November 2, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self-Study Chapters 32 – 39

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Book of Isaiah

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Isaiah 32:1-20   Isaiah calls on the people to look for the Messiah, the coming King who will “reign in righteousness” (v. 1).  But before this King arrives, the people must turn from their sinful and complacent ways.

Isaiah 33:1-24 The Lord alone is the hope and salvation of His people:  “The LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king: He will save us” (v. 22)  see Ps. 77:1-2

Isaiah 34:1-17  Isaiah returns to the theme of God’s judgement against foreign nations (13:1-23:18).

Isaiah 35:1-10  This chapter portrays a future time when God will redeem and restore His people.  They will return to Jerusalem (“Zion,” v. 10) with songs of joy and gladness.

Isaiah 36:1-22  King Sennacherib of Assyria invades Judah and captures several walled cities.  He sends word to King Hezekiah of Judah that Assyria will attack with a superior force unless Judah surrenders.

Isaiah 37:1-38   King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah pray to the Lord , asking Him to save Judah from the Assyrian threat.  God miraculously delivers the nation by destroying 185,000 warriors in Sennacherib’s army (2 Kings 18:13 through 2 Kings 19:37).

Isaiah 38:1-22  King Hezekiah of Judah is seriously ill, and Isaiah tells him he will die.  But Hezekiah prays humbly to the Lord, who graciously extends the king’s life for fifteen more years (2 Kings 20:1-11).

Isaiah 39:1-8  Hezekiah foolishly shows off his royal riches to a messenger from the king of Babylon.  Isaiah predicts that the Babylonians will defeat the nation of Judah and carry off these treasures at some future time (2 Kings 20:12-19).

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Dec 03 2010

August 18, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self-Study Chapters 25-31

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Isaiah

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Isaiah 25:1-12 Isaiah 26:1-21   Isaiah 27:1-13

These three chapters are affirmations of hope.  Although God will judge and discipline His people, He will not reject them.  After they have been exiled among a foreign nation for a time, they will be restored to their homeland ( 2 Chron. 36:22-23 ).  This brings a song of praise to the lips of God’s people:  “Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength”  Isaiah 26:4

Isaiah 28:1-29 Isaiah condemns both Judah (Southern Kingdom) and Israel (Northern Kingdom) because they have turned away from the Lord to worship false gods.  He has harsh words especially for the leaders of these nations, who have led the people astray (Jer. 8:1-22).

Isaiah 29:1-24 A woe is pronounced against Ariel, or Jerusalem, “the city where David dwelt” (v. 1).  God is not impressed with those who flatter Him with words but refuse to obey His commands.

Isaiah 30:1-33 and  Isaiah 31:1-9 Through Isaiah the prophet, the Lord condemns the leaders of Judah who have formed an alliance with Egypt against the Assyrian threat.  They should be turning to the Lord instead for protection against their enemies.

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Aug 17 2010

August 15, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self-Study Chapters 17-24

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Isaiah 17:1-14 The nation of Syria, with its capital at Damascus, will be punished by the Lord for its idolatry and pride.

Isaiah 18:1-7 God’s punishment will also fall upon the Ethiopians.

Isaiah 19:1-25 The proud Egyptians will tremble in fear before the terrible punishment of the Lord.

Isaiah 20:1-6 At God’s command Isaiah walks around naked to show that Assyria will strip the Egyptians and the Ethiopians of their possessions and take them away as captives.

SYMBOLIC  ACTIONS

Isaiah’s walking around naked at the Lord’s command was a symbolic action designed to get the attention of the people and warn them to turn from their sinful ways ( Isa. 20:1-6 ).  The prophet also gave his sons symbolic names that predicted God’s judment ( Isa. 7:3-4 )  ( Isa. 8:1-4 ).  The prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel also declared God’s message in dramatic fashion through symbolic actions ( Jer. 13:1-11 )  ( Ezekiel 4:1-17 ).

Isaiah 21:1-17 No nation will escape the marauding Assyrian army – not Babylon  (vv. 1-10), Edom (“Dumah,” vv. 11-12), or the tribes of Arabia (vv. 13-17).

Isaiah 22:1-25 In the midst of these prophecies of judgement against foreign nations, Isaiah declares that the city of Jerusalem, Judah’s capital, is also destined for destruction.  This prophecy was fullfilled about 135 years after Isaiah’s time when the Babylonians overran the nation of Judah  ( 2 Kings 25:1-12 ).

Isaiah 23:1-18 Isaiah pronounces God’s judgement against Tyre, a flourishing seaport and trade center north of Judah.

Isaiah 24:1-23 This chapter summarizes the impact of God’s judgment against Israel (Northern Kingdom) and Judah (Southern Kingdom) as well as the foreign nations.  The entire earth will be shaken by His judgment against sin.

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Jan 30 2010

January 22, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self – Study Chapters 11-16

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Jesus

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Isaiah 11:1-16 and  Isaiah 12:1-6  The coming messianic King will rule with righteousness and perfect justice.  Although He will spring from the lineage of David as “a root of Jesse” (verse 10), He will be sought by the Gentiles and all nations of the earth.

Isaiah 13:1-22  and  Isaiah 14:1-23   Just as God’s people will be judged for their sins, His judgment will also fall on the Babylonians.  They will be defeated by the Medes and the Persians (verse 13:17).

Isaiah 14:24-27   The nation of Assyria is also destined to feel God’s wrath.

Isaiah 14:28-32   The remnants of the Philistines who still live among the Jewish people will be judged by the Lord.

Isaiah 15:1-9  and  Isaiah 16:1-14    Isaiah delivers God’s message of judgement against the Moabites, ancient enemies of  His people.

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Jan 20 2010

January 20, 2010 – The Book of Isaiah! Self – Study Chapters 6-10

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Scroll of Isaiah

Isaiah is called to be a prophet…HIS Name is Wonderful!  Let’s begin our self-study of Isaiah.  Please click on the linkage to the Scripture and read the verses then we will summarize what we have learned.

Isaiah 6:1-13 Isaiah is called to the prophetic ministry in a dramatic encounter with the awe-inspiring Lord in the temple.   Isaiah’s encounter with the Lord is one of the most dramatic call experiences in the Bible.  In a vision, apparently while worshiping in the temple, he saw the Lord seated upon a throne.  Winged angelic beings known as seraphim surrounded the Lord and declared His holiness.  This moved Isaiah to recognize his unworthiness.  After his lips were cleansed by a hot coal, Isaiah accepted God’s call to the prophetic ministry:   “Here am I; send me” (verse 8).

Isaiah 7:1-25 Through the prophet Isaiah, God warns King Ahaz of Judah not to form an alliance with the Assyrians against other enemy nations.  Assyria will eventually become an instrument of judgement in God’s hands against His people.

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Isaiah 8:1-22 Isaiah names his new-born son Maher-shal-hash-baz, meaning “fast plunder.”  This signifies that the nations that oppose Assyria will fall quickly, leaving other nations an easy target for the mighty Assyrian army.

Isaiah 9:1-21 Although dark days are just ahead for God’s people, He will eventually restore them by sending the Messiah, the Prince of Peace.  As the leader of a spiritual kingdom, He will become the heir to the “throne of David” (see verse 7; see 2 Samuel 7:1-17).

Isaiah 10 Israel (the Northern Kingdom), with Samaria as its capital, will be overrun by the Assyrians.  The people will be carried away as captives, but the Lord will preserve a remnant of His people who remain faithful to Him.

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Jan 10 2010

January 10, 2010 – The Book of Isaiah; the First of the Major Prophets. Self-Study Chapters 1-5

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The Book of Isaiah stands as the first of the major prophets (Isaiah to Daniel).  Isaiah is quoted in the New Testament more than any other Old Testament book.  Isaiah’s name means “The Lord Saves”.  He ministered for nearly sixty years, from 740 B.C. to 681 B.C.  Because of its anticipation of the coming of Jesus Christ and His message of redemption, the Book of Isaiah is sometimes called the fifth Gospel.  About seven hundred years before Jesus was born, Isaiah foretold His coming as a spiritual ruler who would bring redemption for His people.  He would be known as “Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace.” 

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Book of Isaiah

Let’s begin our self-study of Isaiah.  Please click on the linkage to the Scripture and read the verses then we will summarize what we have learned.

Isaiah 1:1-31        Isaiah compares the sins of idolatry in the nation of Judah to the evils committed by the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Judah must Repent and turn back to God or suffer the Lord’s punishment.

Isaiah 2:1-22    Isaiah 3:1-26    Isaiah 4:1-6   In the future, Jerusalem will become the City of God and a safe haven for all people of the earth  (  Isaiah 2:1-5  ).  But before that happens, God will judge His people severely because of their pride, rebellion, and evil deeds.

Isaiah 5:1-7   These verses are known as Isaiah’s “Song of the Vineyard.”  He compares the nation of Judah to a vineyard that God has preserved and cultivated.  But the people have produced nothing but bitter, useless grapes.  Jesus also used this imagery of the vineyard for the Jewish people  (see  Matt. 21:33-41  ).

Isaiah 5:8-30   Because of Judah’s sins of idolatry, injustice, and rebellion, God will raise up an enemy nation to carry  His people into captivity:  “They shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it”  (verse 29).

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Jun 30 2009

Adolf Coors 2-Part Testimony from “Focus on the Family”

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I invite you to listen to this two-part testimony for the Lord from FOCUS ON THE FAMILY.  What a mighty testimony.

Part 1      http://www.focusonthefamily.com/popups/media_player.aspx?ShowPath=Focus

then click on play  “My Journey to Salvation 1”

Part 2      http://www.focusonthefamily.com/popups/media_player.aspx?LatestDaily=1

then click on play  “My Journey to Salvation 2”

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