Isaiah Series

Lesson Number

Class Date


Isaiah 20

May 8, 14

Isaiah 63:7-66:24. Representing the nation, Isaiah pleas for the Lord's merciful intervention on behalf of His sinful people. The Lord responded that judgment would be upon the wicked idolatrous, but for the righteous remnant, blessing. A further description of the Millennium is unfurled, focusing on blessings that will come with a partial reversal of the curse. In the book's final chapter, a summary prophecy is given declaring God's eternal judgment and blessing. End of Series.

Isaiah 19

May 1, 14

Isaiah 61:1-63:6. Beginning with the 5th Servant song, ch. 61 depicts the coming of the Messiah and includes the passage Jesus read in the synagogue in Lk 4:18, indicating that He—in His First Advent—was the fulfillment. Focused on Jerusalem, Isaiah then describes the end-time restoration of the nation and of God's people (ch 62). The garments of Israel's glorious Redeemer will be stained with blood when He comes in judgment—an allusion to the Armageddon Campaign (Is 63:1-6; Rev 19:11ff).

Isaiah 18

Apr 24, 14

Isaiah 58:1-60:22. The returned exiles complained that they were honoring God by fasting, but to what avail? The Lord sarcastically rebukes them for their failure to uphold righteousness; if they would help the needy and keep the Sabbath, then He would bless them. Ch. 59 continues the litany of Israel's sins, which were separating them from God. He alone had the power to deliver them. In the Millennial Kingdom, nations will come to Zion, bringing their wealth and serving Israel (ch. 60).

Isaiah 17

Apr 10, 14

Isaiah 56:1-57:21 (Ezk 33:1-6; 34:1-10). It wasn't just Israel that had the opportunity to serve the Lord and to be blessed by Him; Gentile proselytes did as well. Even an obedient eunuch will be given an everlasting name. Israel's prophets and priests were condemned for failing to act as the nation's shepherds. In contrast with the righteous, who will enter into peace, are the idolaters who did not fear God. Those with a contrite heart, however, the Lord will heal. (Class ends with a twenty minute Q&A discussion on the four different ways the OT is used in the NT.)

Isaiah 16

Apr 3, 14

Isaiah 52:13-55:13. The Suffering and Exaltation of the Servant. Here is found the well-known description of the stricken Messiah, whose death provided purification for sins. Despised and rejected by Israel, the successful Servant will be exalted at His Second Advent. A husband-wife relationship is depicted between the LORD and Israel; though she was as a barren women, she will become fruitful—a promise of restoration in the Millennium (ch 54). God extends His abundant grace in an invitation for Israel to come to Him (ch 55).

Isaiah 15

Mar 20, 14

Isaiah 49:1-52:12 focuses mainly on the ministry of the Servant-Messiah who will deliver Israel in the future. Zion has not been forgotten; despite the nation's disobedience, the Lord will pour out comfort on her, redeem and restore her. The Israelites are urged to trust in their Maker, who saved them during the Exodus. He will turn His wrath away from His people and redirect it toward their enemies.

Isaiah 14

Mar 6, 14

Isaiah 44:28-48:22. One hundred fifty years prior to its fulfillment, the arrival of Cyrus was predicted. The Lord would provide this chosen ruler the power and authority to help deliver Israel and to destroy Babylon’s. What could the idols of Babylon do to save her? Could a carved image oppose God’s will? The Lord would cause the Chaldeans to be brought down to the dust. And although Israel was obstinate, not faithful, He would save her.

Isaiah 13

Feb 27, 14

Isa 44:1-45:9. Isaiah continues comforting the Jews with insight into the Millennium, a time of abundant blessing. The Lord upbraids His people: In light of His uniqueness and faithfulness as Israel’s Redeemer, how could they be so foolish as to fashion useless idols and bow down in worship to them? God alone is Creator and Sovereign over history. Who but the Lord could summon Cyrus, the future king of Persia, and cause him to return the Jewish exiles to their land?

Isaiah 12

Feb 20, 14

Isaiah 41:1-44:5. Isaiah comforts the future Exilic generation: God still considered Israel His servant; they were not to fear, for He would defeat their enemies and restore them to the land. The first of the Servant passages, ch. 42 pictures the Messiah as the One who will bring forth justice. Both Israel and the Son are God's servants, but where the one failed, the Other will succeed. The nation is rebuked for her idolatry and disobedience to the Law.

Isaiah 11

Feb 6, 14

Isaiah ch. 40 begins the second major section of the book. Whereas the first section centered on coming judgment, the latter focuses on prophecies of comfort. Directed toward the Jewish remnant in Babylonian Exile, 40:1-31 promises deliverance. Here is found the well-known verse "the voice of one crying in the wilderness." A series of rhetorical questions emphasizes the immensity of God's sovereignty over creation and His inimitable attributes. Judah is reassured that God cares for His people and will provide.

Isaiah 10

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Isaiah 9

Nov 14, 13

Condemnation Against the World continued: Isaiah chs 32-35. Interspersed within a series of woes is a prophecy of the Millennium's prosperity and righteous rulership (ch 32). Isaiah then turns to his sixth woe: Assyria will be judged (ch 33). Fast-forwarding to the Tribulation, the prophet describes the bloody judgment that will come upon the nations, in particular Edom (ch 34). Concluding this section is a depiction of the Millennium with its agricultural productivity and healing of the land (ch 35).

Isaiah 8

Nov 7, 13

Condemnation Against the World: The First Four Woes: Isaiah chs. 28-30. Isaiah warned of coming destruction by the hand of the Assyrians, but both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms, unwilling to listen, mocked God's messenger and trusted in Egypt. In the midst of judgment, however, Isaiah brought words of comfort: God will deliver Judah and defeat Assyria. Not only that, but in the future the Israelites will turn back to God and heed His instruction.

Isaiah 7

Oct 31, 13

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Isaiah 6

Oct 24, 13

Structural breakdown of the book’s two main sections followed by a brief review of Isaiah chs. 1-12 (alternating warning of discipline and promise of comfort) and overview of chs. 13-24. Is the prophecy of destruction against the nations (14:22-23:18) historical or eschatological? The four different ways of viewing prophecy: preterism, historicism, futurism, and idealism.

Isaiah 5

Oct 10, 13

Isaiah 9:1-12:6. After giving warning that the Northern Kingdom will fall to the Assyrians, Isaiah enlightens the darkness with a description of the coming Messiah. Focus then returns to the N.K.’s impending divine discipline. Because they did not turn back to the Lord, His hand of punishment would not turn from them. The arrogant Assyrians, God's instrument of destruction, would themselves be destroyed. Advancing far into the future, chs. 11-12 prophecies of the Messiah, the kingdom, and the rejoicing remnant.

Isaiah 4

Oct 3, 13

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Isaiah 3

Sep 26, 13

Isaiah chs. 5-6. Likened to a vineyard that God affectionately cared for, the nation Israel was expected to bear good grapes but instead brought forth wild. Isaiah pronounces a series of woes for Israel's rebellion, predicting her prosperity would be turned to wasteland, captivity, and death. The Lord would "whistle" for the foreign nations—His instruments of impending discipline. In ch. 6, Isaiah has a vision of the Lord sitting on a throne and is commissioned to be prophet.

Isaiah 2

Sep 19, 13

Isa 2:1-4:6. Isaiah 2 begins with a glimpse into the millennial kingdom and then shifts to the day of the Lord, when God will execute judgment on the earth. The prophet returns to the present (ch. 3) and details the divine discipline that unfaithful Judah is soon to experience. The leaders were indicted for destroying the people and plundering the poor. The women’s beauty, both seductive and haughty, would be replaced by mourning. Despite Israel's impending desolation, Isaiah assures the nation that a future time of cleansing and restoration will come (ch. 4).

Isaiah 1

Sep 12, 13

Introduction to Isaiah: Covering the reigns of four of Judah's kings, Isaiah's ministry extended from ~731-681 BC. He urged the nation, undergoing political struggle and spiritual decline, to trust in God, not foreign powers. Although divine judgement awaited because of the nation's unfaithfulness, God also assured the people of His future coming kingdom. Isa 1:1-31 begins the Lord's lawsuit against sinful, stubborn Judah. Even their sacrifices were an abomination and their iniquity as evil as Sodom and Gomorrah's.