The Remnant of Israel (Isaiah 10:20 – 34)

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Isaiah 10:20 – 34

1. What remnants do you have more of in your home? Food? Carpets? Clothing? Other? What do you plan on doing with them?

2. What do you fear might happen on that “Day of Reckoning”? Job loss? Market crash? Marriage failure? Other? What is the basis for your fears?

3. Judah originally looked to Assyria to help them (2 Kings 16:7). What will result from this experience? What price is paid for this object lesson?

4. The “remnant” theme has appeared before (see Isaiah 1:9; 4:3; 6:13). How does this theme show both God’s judgment and His mercy? What attitudes characterize the “remnant of Israel”?

5. In verses 24 – 27, what hope does Isaiah provide for the people even before these events occur? How do the stories of Gideon (Judges 7) and Moses (Exodus 14:21ff) boost their hope?

6. Verses 28 – 32 recount an army’s hypothetical approach from a point about 10 miles north of Jerusalem. Substitute names of cities and towns 10 miles from where you are right now. How does this help you to understand what the author wants the people of Jerusalem to feel? To do?

7. What will God do to this army (verses 33 and 34)? How do you feel after God’s intervention?

8. Isaiah looked back to the stories of Moses and Gideon to provide hope for the people. What stories of God’s grace and deliverance – both Biblical and contemporary – can you look back upon to find hope in times when it is hard to trust God?

9. How many times have you seen God cut down an “Assyrian army” that threatened to overwhelm you? What “army” seems to breathing down your neck now?

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God’s Judgment on Assyria (Isaiah 10:5 – 19)

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Isaiah 10:5 – 19

1. Who was the bully in your grade school, neighborhood or family who pushed you around with apparent impunity? How did you feel about that? Whatever became of that person?

2. What was God’s purpose in allowing Assyria to overrun Israel and Judah (verses 5 and 6; see also 7:17)?

3. The cities listed in verse 9 are all conquered by the Assyrian army en route to Jerusalem. What attitudes have these victories produced in the Assyrian leaders (verses 10 and 11)? Why do they think Jerusalem ought to be an easy victory? What does this show about their deep misunderstanding of the Lord?

4. Read aloud verses 13 and 14, accenting the tone of voice and attitude expressed in the many times “I” and “my” are used.What root problem does this reveal? According to the absurd picture in verse 15, what have they got backwards?

5. What is the Lord’s response to their pride? Compare verse 16 with chapter 37:36. What do you think happened here?

6. How is God both like a light and a fire (verses 16 – 19)? What truth about God is expressed in each idea?

7. When have you taken the credit for what was really God’s work and you were merely His instrument? How do you practice giving credit where credit is due? Would you rather judge or be judged? Why?

8. What are the “Assyrian armies” in which people today place their trust instead of God? How  have you seen that trust backfire in betrayal? Where are you now finding it easier to trust an “Assyrian army” rather than God?

9. Does God seem more like a guiding Light, or a consuming Fire to you right now? How so? When have you experienced Him in the other way? What have you learned about God from these experiences?

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To Us A Child Is Born (Isaiah 9:1 – 7)

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Isaiah 9:1 – 7

1. When were you most in need of (or grateful for) a flashlight?

2. When have you gotten up early to greet the sunrise? What “dawn of a new day” are you anticipating on this year’s calendar?

3. From Isaiah 8:19 – 22, what do you think Isaiah meant by the “darkness” in which the people walk (verse 2)? What suffering had Zebulun and Naphtali (in Israel) experienced?

4. How does Isaiah describe the effects of the dawning light (verses 3 – 5; see Judges 7:19 – 25 for Midian’s defeat)? In the context of the Assyrian threat, what does this light mean (see Isaiah 10:26, 27)?

5. What will be the light? How is he defined in verses 6 and 7?

6. What expectations would this arouse in you if you had first heard Isaiah pronounce it? What type of son or ruler would you expect to arise? How would his future rule and counsel compare with past alliances and plans (see Isaiah 8:7 – 10)? How would this make you feel?

7. How does the New Testament interpret what this prophecy means (see Matthew 4:12 – 17; Luke 1:32; John 8:12)? Of the titles given in verse 6, which fit Jesus as you know Him?

8. What is the purpose of His reign in your life? In the world? What does it mean that there will be no end to the “increase and peace” of His reign?

9. How has He shattered some of the “yokes that burden” you? What is one yoke that you desire to have Him shatter now?

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