Isaiah

January, February, March 2021

Want to learn more about Isaiah? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 5-part series.

Lesson 1: Crisis of Identity (Isaiah 1)
Have you ever been in a courtroom while a trial was taking place? If you watch a criminal trial, you will see that the first thing the prosecutor does after the jury is selected is to explain the charges against the accused. The defense can then explain its side of the case or wait until after the prosecutor puts on the state's evidence. Isaiah starts out his book like he is a prosecutor laying out his case to a jury. Jurors, let's jump in and find out what this case is all about!

Lesson 2: Crisis of Leadership (Isaiah 6)
Do you like change? Most people fear change because it brings uncertainty. When it comes to the basics, there has been little change in my life. I've lived in the same house for over 20 years, been married to the same wife for almost 30 years, had the same job for almost 30 years, and have been a member of the same local church for about 25 years. That is a lot of "sameness." But in the last three years my two immediate bosses have changed. While that change was taking place, I had some anxiety about the leadership at work. Outside of the basics, my life is one of constant change. I litigate cases for a living. The judge is "the boss" in the case, and since I have cases all over the country, I'm always before a different judge in a different court. That can create some real anxiety. This week our lesson starts out with changing leadership, let's dive into our study of Isaiah!

Lesson 3: When Your World Is Falling Apart (Isaiah 7)
Think about what causes you the most worry. Is it something bad that already happened? Or, is it something bad that you think might happen? I find that most of my worry is about things that might happen in the future. If you find that you turn "molehills into mountains" this lesson is for you. If you are not sure where to turn in times of trouble, this lesson is for you. Let's jump in!

Lesson 4: The Hard Way (Isaiah 8)
Let's review. King Ahaz of Judah finds that his enemies (Syria and Israel) have shown up, armed and dangerous, at his front door step. He could rely on God for help, but he does not. Instead, he bribes the King of Assyria to attack Syria and Israel. What does Ahaz use for bribe money? The valuables from God's temple and palace money. Instead of relying on God, he relies on money and other humans. Is it a smart move? Let's jump into our lesson and find out!

Lesson 5: Noble Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9 & 11)
Last week's lesson ended on a very dark note. We saw that life goes poorly for those who do not rely on God. First, bad things happen. Then those without God become angry and blame God for the bad things. When they continue to look away from God life brings them to a point of "utter darkness." That doesn't sound like the direction I want my life to take. There is another journey we can take instead. Let's dive into the Bible and discover that path!

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