Lesson 5 • Due 11/2/18

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TEXT • ISAIAH 30:18–26

JV • SUMMARY & READING

Isaiah 30:20Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. (NASB)

Can you imagine God Himself teaching you in person? Or walking right behind you, coaching you in every decision you have to make? Or, right there to comfort you at the first tear in your eye? That’s Jesus!

Note: The phrase in verse 20—“Your eyes shall see your Teacher” might be a little confusing if you have an NIV or NKJV, which translate it as “teachers”—not referring to God. Other translations, like ESV or NASB, say “Teacher.” The reason why is that the subject “teacher” is PLURAL in Hebrew, yet the verb is SINGULAR! Most Bible translators see this as a reference to God’s 3-in-1 nature—the Trinity.

Let me explain: In Hebrew, God can be referred to as a PLURAL subject, which stresses His magnitude and infinite nature, yet with a SINGULAR verb or adjective, which clarifies that God is ONE. God’s name “Elohim” works this way. It is plural, yet used with singular verbs. Cool, huh?

The point is this: Jesus IS God—and God came to teach us in person!

VARSITY • QUESTIONS & CROSS REFERENCES

John 3:2 • What proved that Jesus was “from God as a teacher”?

John 13:12–15 • How did Jesus teach His disciples in this passage?

Luke 6:40 • What is the job of the student?

Galatians 5:25 & John 14:16–17 • How does our Teacher guide and direct our steps today?

TEXT • ISAIAH 33:17–24

JV • SUMMARY & READING

Vs. 17–18 is well stated in the ESV • Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar. Your heart will muse on the terror: “Where is he who counted, where is he who weighed the tribute? Where is he who counted the towers?” You will see no more the insolent people…

The theme is peace! Isaiah sees Jerusalem dwelling in security and peace, with no more foreign invaders among them. The enemy that counted their towers and calculated the expected tribute was long gone. It was as if God Himself was a wide river of peace and prosperity—without an enemy warship to be seen anywhere (vs. 21)

The best part: The Beautiful King is there—a Judge, Lawgiver, King, and Savior! Sins are forgiven; sicknesses are healed.

VARSITY • QUESTIONS & CROSS REFERENCES

John 1:14 • We saw (“beheld”) His…

Psalm 45 is a King’s Wedding Psalm, and is quoted in Hebrews 1, telling us it is prophetic of Jesus. Verses 1–10 are about the Messiah, seen as a Groom in a wedding. Verses 11–16 are about the Bride, so are a picture of the Church.

Vs. 2 • He is fairer than…

What is upon the King’s lips?

Vs. 4 • What are the three “causes” He champions?

Vs. 6 • What amazing title is given the King?

Isaiah 53:2–3 • How is Messiah’s natural, or physical beauty described here?

Matthew 17:2 • How is Jesus’ glory described here?

TEXT • ISAIAH 35:1–10

JV • SUMMARY & READING

This is one of the most critical Messianic passages in all of Isaiah, next to chapter 53. In this passage, we find the credentials (signs) of Messiah. These are the identifying markings that the Messiah would be recognized by. Let’s jump right into the cross references…!

VARSITY • QUESTIONS & CROSS REFERENCES

Matthew 11:1–6 • Describe the circumstances of this passage.

What does Jesus quote in His response to John?

Matthew 5:30–31 • Summarize this in your own words…

Open the Eyes of the Blind =

John 9:6-7 • How did Jesus heal this blind man?

John 9:39–41 • Who is blind in this passage?

Why can’t Jesus heal them?

Open the Ears of the Deaf & the Mute will Shout =

Mark 7:32–35 • How does Jesus heal this deaf & mute man?

Luke 11:14–15 • How did some respond to this miracle?

Ephesians 1:13 • How is our salvation described here?

The Lame will Leap =

Luke 5:23–26 • By healing the lame man, what was Jesus proving?

Philippians 2:16 • How are we to keep running straight in life (not “lame”)?

Lesson 4 • Due 10/19/18

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TEXT • ISAIAH 11:1–10

JV • SUMMARY & READING

Leading up to the beautiful imagery of the Messiah in chapter 11 is a brutal description of invasion, punishment, destruction, and suffering in chapter 10. We see God using Assyria to punish and correct Judah for her wicked ways, yet only for a season before Assyria itself is taken down for arrogance and defiance.

But the important context to note is this: WHY is God so tough and Israel and Judah in chapter 10? What sin does He specifically call out? Check it out: Isaiah 10:1–2Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions, So as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans.

There you have it: Injustice! Even though we read over and over that Israel and Judah were sent into exile because of horrid sins of idolatry, what it produced in the character of their society was brutality and heartlessness. People would increase their power and wealth by twisting justice in order to take advantage of the poor, the widows, and the orphans. What Israel needed was transformation from “the top down,” (or, from the “bottom up,” as Jesus showed us how the greatest in His Kingdom takes the lowest place!) A righteous leader who can reform the injustice in Israel is the theme of Isaiah 11!

Another key idea is that the Assyrian army is described as a great forest that is cut down by God’s axe and fire of destruction. By the time God reduces the Assyrian “forest” (it’s soldiers), there would be so few trees a child could count them! (11:19). The mighty Assyrian army, which was like a vast forest of trees, was cut down for boasting in its power; God isn’t impressed by man’s vast armies. In fact, God loves to use a single “shoot” or “branch” to start a mighty work! This leads us to our study…

Isaiah 11:1—Messiah is described as a “shoot” or a “branch” with its “roots” in Jesse. King David, of course, was the original “Root of Jesse,” but Isaiah was written about 250 years after King David. Clearly, Isaiah is prophesying of a different “Root of Jesse”—a future Someone!

VARSITY • QUESTIONS & CROSS REFERENCES

Jeremiah 23:5–6 • In Jeremiah, the “Root” of Jesse is called the “Branch.”

What promise does God make to David’s family?

What key adjective describes this Promised Person?

Acts 13:22–23 • Here, Paul says that God kept a promise. Explain it!

• “The Spirit of Yahweh will rest on Him—wisdom, understanding, etc.”

Luke 3:21–22, & 41 • How was Jesus led and empowered in His ministry?

1 Corinthians 12:7–8 • What is the connection to Isaiah 11:2?

2 Peter 1:3–8 • Similar qualities are available to us and we are to grow in them. There are at least three sources of these godly characteristics mentioned in this passage—where do they come from?

• He wears a belt of righteousness & faithfulness

1 John 1:9 • What does Jesus do for us because He is “faithful” and “righteous” (or “just”)?

Revelation 19:11–13 • What is being pictured here?

• His mouth, breath, lips, and words strike the wicked

Matthew 7:28–29 • Unlike the scribes, Jesus taught with…

Luke 21:14–15 • What did Jesus promise His disciples?

Revelation 1:16 & 19:15 • How is Jesus’ mouth pictured here?

2 Thessalonians 2:8 • What is the ultimate act fulfillment of this?

The millennial reign & peace on earth • This is referred to especially in Revelation 20, but also in passages such as Ezekiel 47 and Zechariah 8. What the “Millennium” actually refers to is a hot conversation in Christianity, and is huge topic (a “thousand year” topic!), so let’s put the details aside for a moment.

Isaiah keys in on this: “the nations will resort to the root of Jesse… and His resting place will be glorious.”

Luke 24:46–47 • Where was Jesus’ name to be proclaimed? & How is the Gospel message summarized in this passage?

Hebrews 4:9–11 • What are we offered in this passage (relating to Isaiah 11:10)?

Hebrews 4:6 • How do people “enter” in? How do we fail to “enter in”?

TEXT • ISAIAH 12:1–3

JV • SUMMARY & READING

Chapter 12 offers one last glimmer of Messianic glory and goodness before we enter a long section of judgments and curses on all of Israel’s surrounding nations. The topic of “Messiah” will be put on the backburner for many chapters.

VARSITY • QUESTIONS & CROSS REFERENCES

• “Your anger is turned away and you comfort me” • There are so many passages of scripture that beautifully illustrate this. Let’s look at just a couple of gems…

Psalm 30:5 • What is the comparison between God’s anger and His favor?

Ephesians 2:4–7 • Why do we deserve God’s wrath?

Why does He give us His mercy?

• “…you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation”

John 7:37–39 • Jewish history records that Isaiah 12 was one of the passages recited by the people during the “great day of the feast,”— the Feast of Tabernacles. The priests would lead a great procession of people down to the Gihon springs, and bring up a golden pitcher filled with water to be poured out on the altar, or perhaps down the temple steps. This was to symbolize Moses bringing forth water from the rock in the wilderness.

How does one get the “water” Jesus speaks of?

Where does the “water” come from?

1 Corinthians 10:4 • What does Paul claim about Jesus?

TEXT • ISAIAH 28:16

JV • SUMMARY & READING

We are slowly seeing the Messiah reemerge in Isaiah’s prophecies! Here, he calls him by the amazing term, “The Costly Cornerstone.” The context is this: the drunk and scoffing rulers of Jerusalem have hidden themselves in a “refuge” of lies and deception. They are trusting in their schemes to keep them safe, but they are in for a rude awakening!

But those who believe in and trust the Cornerstone will not be shaken!

VARSITY • QUESTIONS & CROSS REFERENCES

Psalm 118:21–23 • This is the Psalm that was quoted when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The “Hosanna” is in verse 25 (“Lord Save!”). (By some accounts, this verse is in the exact middle of the Bible. Interesting…!)

What happened to the chief cornerstone?

But, ultimately, why did this happen (vs 23)?

Acts 4:11–12 • The term “Corner Stone,” referring to Jesus, is found 7 times in the New Testament! Acts 4:11 is just one…

Who are the “builders” (see vs 8)?

What bold statement does Peter make in vs. 12?

Marriage & the Gospel

Here’s my second foray into self–publishing—Marriage & the Gospel.

The premise of this book is this: According to Ephesians 5, Marriage is a Mysterious Picture of the Gospel. In the same way, Jesus’ love for His Bride, the Church, is the Template we are to follow in our own marriages. In this book, we look at various scriptural stories of marriages that illustrate the Gospel, for good or for bad. The key idea though is this: consider the Gospel and apply it to marriage. This book is way more about Jesus than it is about marriage!

Currently, the best way to get a copy is to stop by the Calvary Chapel of Oxnard bookstore and get one in person. It will set you back about $10.

If you don’t live nearby, contact me! I’ll mail you a copy, or a free PDF.

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Messiah in Isaiah • Introduction

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THE BOOK OF ISAIAH

During Isaiah’s ministry, the northern kingdom of Israel (also known as “Samaria”) fell to the Assyrians, and the ten tribes were taken into Exile, never to return again as an intact nation. It looked as if Judah would fall as well, but Isaiah prophesied that God would preserve them (Isaiah 37). Their incredible deliverance came as the angel of the Lord struck down the Assyrian army in the middle of the night as they were encamped against Jerusalem.

But, because of Judah’s continued moral failure, Isaiah knew they would eventually go into exile as well (Isaiah 39:1–8). The difference for Judah, though, was, unlike the northern tribes who disappeared in their exile, Judah would be restored after a time of correction in captivity. Their restoration from exile becomes the theme of the last 26 chapters (40–66), and begins with the powerful word, “Comfort!”

Isaiah is one of the most Messianic of all the OT prophets. His words have a huge impact on the message of the Gospel. Continue reading