Saturday, 6 June 2015

Isaiah 6-10

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

6:3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

God is not like us. He is not just a bit bigger and nicer. God is holy and when Isaiah realised God's holiness, he was acutely aware of his sin. Once he was cleansed, out of gratitude he responded, "Here am I, send me." The progression is important: first revelation, second cleansing, third go.

Susan said...

7:9 If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.

Ahaz was working out his own way of protecting Judah from attack by seeking a deal with Assyria. This plan left out God and was doomed.

Susan said...

8:13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.

The only person or object worthy of fear is the Lord Almighty. If we fear something or someone we are giving them more power in our lives than God, hence they have become an idol to us.

(And because of Jesus we don't have to be afraid of the Lord, that is, be afraid of him punishing us - 1 John 4:18.)

Susan said...

9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

God's answer to the Assyrian attack is not to become a bigger bully than them but to become a child, Jesus. God is so powerful he only has to send a child. He can come as a child to solve the world's problems

One of the many paradoxes of the Christian life – We win through God coming as a child not through strength and power. Through weakness there is power.

Susan said...

10:20 In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.

The purpose of the Assyrian attack is to teach the Israelites not to rely on other nations but to rely on the Lord.

"But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God" (2 Corinthians 1:9).