Thursday, March 27, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 59 Saturday

Isaiah 31:1-32:20

Does God issue any commands?

  • They were not to go to Egypt for help.
  • God commanded the women of leisure to pay attention to the words of Isaiah because days of trouble would be upon them and they would no longer be at ease.

Does God make any promises?

  • Their plan to rely upon Egypt for help would not be successful. The Israelites and the Egyptians would fail together.
  • God Himself would defend Mount Zion and Jerusalem.
  • The Israelites would cast away their idols and the Assyrians would be defeated.
  • Days of hunger and want would afflict them. The women who were used to being pampered would be astounded by their change in fortune.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the Holy One of Israel.
  • The king that reigns in righteousness is Jesus.
  • He is hiding place from the wind, the covert in the tempest, the rivers of water in the desert, and the great rock in a weary land. (Thanks to the hymn-writer, Vernon J. Charlesworthy, for help with this one!)

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The King will reign in righteousness.
  • Eyes shall not grow dim, hearing shall not fail, the heart shall understand knowledge, stammerers will speak plainly, and those that are vile and churlish will be known for what they are and dealt with accordingly by the LORD.
  • The palaces would be forsaken until the Spirit is poured upon Israel from on high and the land becomes fruitful. Then the work of righteousness will be peace and the effect will be peace and assurance forever.

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Psalms 19:14 (KJV)