Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 57 Wednesday

Isaiah 9:8-10:34

Does God issue any commands?

  • The LORD would command the movements of Assyria. He would set limits upon their conquests.

Does God make any promises?
  • Because of the sins of the northern nation of Israel's leaders that led her into sin, God would cut off the head and tail in one day using Assyria as His rod with which to strike them. (The head was the ancient and honorable; the tail was the lying prophets.) These would punished for preying upon widows and orphans.
  • Not only would God punish the nation of Israel, but He would also punish the nation of Judah. Then He would punish Assyria for their self-exalting ways. Assyria would triumph over Israel and turn her attention to Judah but would not be successful against Judah.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?
  • Jesus is the LORD of Hosts in 9:19.
  • Jesus is the light and the Holy One in 10:17 and 10:20.
  • The Assyrians would put a great burden of fear upon Judah but God promised that their yoke would be broken. Jesus taught that all that are heavy laden should come to Him for rest because His yoke is easy and His burden is light. That is because Jesus Himself carries the impossible part of the burden.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The remnants of Israel and Judah will stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.  (This prophecy of the remnant returning would be fulfilled at least twice: once when they returned from Babylonian captivity and then again in the future when their hearts are turned again toward the Messiah.

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