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Now that we have a better understanding of how Jesus Christ is important to us; let us take a look at the “Spirit” which also will provide support to us.
(John 14: 15-17)”If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him because he remains with you and is in you.”
(John 14:25-26)”I have told you this while I am still with you. The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.”
How are disciples to show love to each other?
Now that we have learned, that the Spirit” will teach us and reveal too us the proper paths; it puts on the action point – to listen and to act.
The leading quality Jesus stated, followed and provided guidance for was: Complete Obedience to God, so that we could glorify his and our Father.
What is human life about?
Christ, as we should, acknowledge total dependence on his Father in Heaven, with joy and thanks. By doing this, he freed himself from the responsibility of the results and only had to concentrate on “doing His best” to utilize God’s help (grace), guidance (Holy Spirit), to accomplish what his Father expected.
He created us (merged a human and spiritual form (image of God – soul)) so that we can make a choice, to become his Son or Daughter in Heaven, giving truly loving and committed Glory to Him and as a result of our joining with Him, to ourselves, “God’s Family.”
Isaiah Book Overview
Isaiah begins by bringing a message of divine judgment for both Israel and Judah. Although the advance of the Assyrians poses a problem for Judah, God foretells the destruction of Assyria and other evil surrounding nations through the prophet Isaiah. This section ends with the Assyrian invasion being held off, demonstrating the clear unfolding of God’s plan and promises for the nation at this time.
|Purpose:||To call the nation of Judah back to God and to tell of God’s salvation through the Messiah|
|Author:||The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz|
|Date Written:||The events of chapters 1–39 occurred during Isaiah’s ministry, so they were probably written about 700 b.c. Chapters 40–66, however, may have been written near the end of his life, about 681 b.c.|
|Setting:||Isaiah is speaking and writing mainly in Jerusalem|
|Key Verse:||“But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed!” (53:5).|
|Key People:||Isaiah; his two sons, Shear-jashub and Maher-shalal-hash-baz|
|Special Features:||The book of Isaiah contains both prose and poetry and uses personification (attributing personal qualities to divine beings or inanimate objects). Also, many of the prophecies in Isaiah contain predictions that foretell a soon-to-occur event and a distant future event at the same time.|
|served as a prophet to Judah from 740-681 b.c.|
|Climate of the times||Society was in a great upheaval. Under King Ahaz and King Manasseh, the people reverted to idolatry, and there was even child sacrifice.|
|Main message||Although judgment from other nations was inevitable, the people could still have a special relationship with God.|
|Importance of message||Sometimes we must suffer judgment and discipline before we are restored to God.|
|Contemporary prophets||Hosea (753-715 b.c.), Micah (742-687 b.c.)|
Isaiah was a blueblood among the prophets. His Hebrew was classic. His style was noble. His circles were influential. But his message was bare-knuckled.
Through the reigns of four kings he proclaimed one message: God will not forever wink at wrong.
He spoke with a grit in his gut and a fire in his eyes like one who had stood in hell and seen heaven, for that is exactly what had happened. Isaiah saw God.
Whether what he saw was in the sky or in his head matters little compared to the truth that it was in his heart. The lights danced and the angels chanted back and forth, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” as if they had nothing else to say, and they didn’t – for that is all you can say before him who is holy.
There are those who boast about having a vision of God like they boast about seeing the president. Not so with Isaiah. When he saw God he didn’t update his resume, he begged for mercy.
“Oh, no! I will be destroyed. I am not pure, and I live among people who are not pure, but I have seen the King, the LORD All-Powerful” (6:5).
No sooner is the mercy requested than it is received. An angel purges his mouth with a hot coal, teaching us that the only mouth worthy of speaking for God is the one cleansed by God.
Isaiah was never the same after that. Send me! He volunteered. He preached with the passion and fury of a man who seen his life pass before his eyes.
For he had. He preached with a passion and fury of a man sent by God. For he was.
And he preached with the passion and fury of a man who longed to join the angels and spend eternity singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, at the top of his lungs. Something tells me that’s what he is doing right now.
Slowly he rose, and the crowd fell silent. Those at the back leaned forward, straining to hear. The atmosphere was electric. He spoke, and his carefully chosen words flew like swift arrows and found their mark. The great man, a spokesman for God, was warning—and condemning. The crowd became restless—shifting positions, clenching fists, and murmuring. Some agreed with his message, nodding their heads and weeping softly. But most were angry, and they began to shout back insults and threats.
Such was the life of a prophet.
The “office” of prophet was instituted during the days of Samuel, the last of the judges. Prophets stood with the priests as God’s special representatives. The prophet’s role was to speak for God, confronting the people and their leaders with God’s commands and promises. Because of this confrontational stance and the continuing tendency of people to disobey God, true prophets usually were not very popular. But though their message often went unheeded, they faithfully and forcefully proclaimed the truth.
The book of Isaiah is the first of the writings of the prophets in the Bible; and Isaiah, the author, is generally considered to be the greatest prophet. He was probably reared in an aristocratic home and was married to a prophet. In the beginning of his ministry he was well liked. But, like most prophets, he soon became unpopular because his messages were so difficult to hear. He called the people to turn from their lives of sin and warned them of God’s judgment and punishment. Isaiah had an active ministry for 60 years before he was executed during Manasseh’s reign (according to tradition). As God’s special messenger to Judah, Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of several of its rulers. Many of those messages are recorded in his book: Uzziah and Jotham, chapters 1–6; Ahaz, chapters 7–14; and Hezekiah, chapters 15–39.
The first half of the book of Isaiah (chapters 1–39) contains scathing denunciations and pronouncements as he calls Judah, Israel, and the surrounding nations to repent of their sins. However, the last 27 chapters (40–66) are filled with consolation and hope as Isaiah unfolds God’s promise of future blessings through his Messiah.
As you read Isaiah, imagine this strong and courageous man of God, fearlessly proclaiming God’s word, and listen to his message in relation to your own life—return, repent, and be renewed. Then trust in God’s redemption through Christ and rejoice. Your Savior has come, and he’s coming again!
Trees and prophets share at least one important characteristic—both are planted for the future. Yet seedlings are often overlooked and prophets often ignored. Isaiah is one of the best examples of this. The people of his time could have been rescued by his words. Instead, they refused to believe him. With the passing of centuries, however, Isaiah’s words have cast a shadow on all of history.
Isaiah was active as a prophet during the reigns of five kings, but he did not set out to be a prophet. By the time King Uzziah died, Isaiah may have been established as a scribe in the royal palace in Jerusalem. It was a respectable career, but God had other plans for his servant. Isaiah’s account of God’s call leaves little doubt about what motivated the prophet for the next half century. His vision of God was unforgettable.
The encounter with God permanently affected Isaiah’s character. He reflected the God he represented. Isaiah’s messages—some comforting, some confronting—are so dissimilar that some have guessed they came from different authors. Isaiah’s testimony is that the messages came from the only one capable of being perfect in justice as well as in mercy—God himself.
When he called Isaiah as a prophet, God did not encourage him with predictions of great success. God told Isaiah that the people would not listen. But he was to speak and write his messages anyway because eventually some would listen. God compared his people to a tree that would have to be cut down so that a new tree could grow from the old stump (Isaiah 6:13).
We who are part of that future can see that many of the promises God gave through Isaiah have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. We also gain the hope of knowing that God is active in all of history, including our own.
@Strengths and accomplishments
w Considered the greatest Old Testament prophet
w Quoted at least 50 times in the New Testament
w Had powerful messages of both judgment and hope
w Carried out a consistent ministry even though there was little positive response from his listeners
w His ministry spanned the reigns of five kings of Judah
@Lessons from his life
w God’s help is needed in order to comfort people while effectively confronting sin
w One result of experiencing forgiveness is the desire to share that forgiveness with others
w God is purely and perfectly holy, just, and loving
w Where: Jerusalem
w Occupations: Scribe, prophet
w Relatives: Father: Amoz. Sons: Shear-jashub, Maher-shalal-hash-baz
w Contemporaries: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Micah
“Then I heard the Lord asking, ‘Whom should I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Lord, I’ll go! Send me’“ (Isaiah 6:8).
Isaiah’s story is told in 2 Kings 19:2—20:19. He is also mentioned in 2 Chronicles 26:22; 32:20, 32; Matthew 3:3; 8:17; 12:17–21; John 12:38–41; Romans 10:16, 20, 21.
|A. Words of Judgment (1:1–39:8)
1. The sins of Israel and Judah
2. Judgment against heathen nations
3. God’s purpose in judgment
4. Jerusalem’s true and false hopes
5. Events during the reign of Hezekiah
|The 39 chapters in the first half of Isaiah generally carry the message of judgment for sin. Isaiah brings the message of judgment to Judah, Israel, and the surrounding pagan nations. The people of Judah had a form of godliness, but in their hearts they were corrupt. Isaiah’s warnings were intended to purify the people by helping them understand God’s true nature and message. However, they ignored the repeated warnings that Isaiah brought. We need to heed the prophetic voice and not repeat their error.|
|B. Words of Comfort (40:1–66:24)
1. Israel’s release from captivity
2. The future Redeemer
3. The future kingdom
|The 27 chapters in the second half of Isaiah generally bring a message of forgiveness, comfort, and hope. This message of hope looks forward to the coming of the Messiah. Isaiah speaks more about the Messiah than does any other Old Testament prophet. He describes the Messiah as both a suffering Servant and a sovereign Lord. The fact that the Messiah was to be both a suffering Servant and a sovereign Lord could not be understood clearly until New Testament times. Based on what Jesus Christ has done, God freely offers forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith. This is God’s message of comfort to us because those who heed it find eternal peace and fellowship with him.|
|Holiness||God is highly exalted above all his creatures. His moral perfection stands in contrast to evil people and nations. God is perfect and sinless in all his motives and actions, so he is in perfect control of his power, judgment, love, and mercy. His holy nature is our yardstick for morality.||Because God is without sin, he alone can help us with our sin. It is only right that we regard him as supreme in power and moral perfection. We must never treat God as common or ordinary. He alone deserves our devotion and praise. He is always truthful, fair, and just.|
|Punishment||Because God is holy, he requires his people to treat others justly. He promised to punish Israel, Judah, and other nations for faithless immorality and idolatry. True faith had degenerated into national pride and empty religious rituals.||We must trust in God alone and fulfill his commands. We cannot forsake justice nor give in to selfishness. If we harden our heart against his message, punishment will surely come to us.|
|Salvation||Because God’s judgment is coming, we need a Savior. No man or nation can be saved without God’s help. Christ’s perfect sacrifice for our sins is foretold and portrayed in Isaiah. All who trust God can be freed from their sin and restored to him.||Christ died to save us from our sin. We cannot save ourselves. He is willing to save all those who turn from their sin and come to him. Salvation is from God alone. No amount of good works can earn it.|
|Messiah||God will send the Messiah to save his people. He will set up his own Kingdom as the faithful Prince of Peace, who rules with righteousness. He will come as sovereign Lord, but he will do so as a servant who will die to take away sins.||Our trust must be in the Messiah, not in ourselves or in any nation or power. There is no hope unless we believe in him. Trust Christ fully and let him rule in your life as your sovereign Lord.|
|Hope||God promises comfort, deliverance, and restoration in his future Kingdom. The Messiah will rule over his faithful followers in the age to come. Hope is possible because Christ is coming.||We can be refreshed because there is compassion for those who repent. No matter how bleak our situation or how evil the world is, we must continue to be God’s faithful people who hope for his return.|
1 The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he turns it wherever he pleases.
2 People may think they are doing what is right, but the Lord examines the heart.
3 The Lord is more pleased when we do what is just and right than when we give him sacrifices.
4 Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin.
5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
6 Wealth created by lying is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.
7Because the wicked refuse to do what is just, their violence boomerangs and destroys them.
8The guilty walk a crooked path; the innocent travel a straight road.
9It is better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a contentious wife in a lovely home.
10 Evil people love to harm others; their neighbors get no mercy from them.
11 A simpleton can learn only by seeing mockers punished; a wise person learns from instruction.
12The Righteous One£ knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring the wicked to disaster.
13 Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.
14 A secret gift calms anger; a secret bribe pacifies fury.
15 Justice is a joy to the godly, but it causes dismay among evildoers.
16 The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead.
17 Those who love pleasure become poor; wine and luxury are not the way to riches.
18 Sometimes the wicked are punished to save the godly, and the treacherous for the upright.
19 It is better to live alone in the desert than with a crabby, complaining wife.
20 The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.
21 Whoever pursues godliness and unfailing love will find life, godliness, and honor.
22 The wise conquer the city of the strong and level the fortress in which they trust.
23 If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble.
24 Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless arrogance.
25 The desires of lazy people will be their ruin, for their hands refuse to work. 26They are always greedy for more, while the godly love to give!
27 God loathes the sacrifice of an evil person, especially when it is brought with ulterior motives.
28A false witness will be cut off, but an attentive witness will be allowed to speak.
29The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright proceed with care.
30 Human plans, no matter how wise or well advised, cannot stand against the Lord.
31 The horses are prepared for battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.
In Solomon’s day, kings possessed absolute authority and were often considered to be like gods. This proverb shows that God has ultimate authority over world rulers. Although they may not have realized it, the earth’s most powerful kings have always been under God’s control. (See Isaiah 10:5-8 for an example of a king who was used for God’s purposes.)
People may mistakenly think they are doing right, but God sees the motives of their hearts. We often have to make choices in areas where the right action is difficult to discern. We can help ourselves make such decisions by trying to identify our motives first and then asking, Would God be pleased with my real reasons for doing this? God is not pleased when we do good deeds only to receive something in return.
Sacrifices are not bribes to make God overlook our character faults. If our personal and business dealings are not characterized by justice, no amount of generosity when the offering plate is passed will make up for it.
Faithful completion of one’s work is a great accomplishment. Being a diligent worker does not come naturally to some people; it is a result of strong character. Don’t look for shortcuts that result in inefficiency. Work hard as if in the service of God.
Proverbs 21:11, 12
It is usually better to learn from the mistakes of others than from our own. We can do this by listening to their advice. Take counsel from others instead of plunging ahead and learning the hard way.
This proverb is about saving for the future. Easy credit has many people living on the edge of bankruptcy. The desire to keep up appearances and to accumulate more drives them to spend every penny they earn, and they stretch their credit to the limit. But anyone who spends all he has is spending more than he can afford. A wise person puts money aside for hard times. God approves of foresight and restraint. God’s people need to examine their life-styles to see whether their spending is God-pleasing or merely self-pleasing.
The kind of worship (“sacrifice”) described in this proverb is no better than a bribe. How do people try to bribe God? They may go to church, tithe, or volunteer, not because of their love and devotion to God, but because they hope God will bless them in return. But God has made it very clear that he desires obedience and love more than religious ritual (see 21:3; 1 Samuel 15:22). God does not want our sacrifices of time, energy, and money alone; he wants our heart—our complete love and devotion. We may be able to bribe people (21:14), but we cannot bribe God.
This proverb refers to preparing for battle. All our preparation for any task is useless without God. But even with God’s help we still must do our part and prepare. His control of the outcome does not negate our responsibilities. God may want you to produce a great book, but you must learn to write. God may want to use you in foreign missions, but you must learn the language. God will accomplish his purposes, and he will be able to use you if you have done your part by being well prepared.
|Righteousness and Wickedness|
|Proverbs often compares the lifestyles of the wicked and the righteous, and makes a strong case for living by God’s pattern. The advantages of righteous living and the disadvantages of wicked living are pointed out. The kind of person we decide to be will affect every area of our lives.|
|Outlook on life||Hopeful||Fearful||10:24|
|Concerned about the welfare of God’s creation||Even their kindness is cruel||12:10|
|Understand justice||Don’t understand justice||28:5|
|Response to life||Showered with blessings||Covered with violence||10:6|
|Give thought to their ways||Put up a bold front||21:29|
|Persevere against evil||Brought down by calamity||24:15, 16|
|Hate the honest||29:10|
|How they are seen||Are respected||Do not endure||13:15|
|by others||Lead others into sin||16:29|
|Conduct is upright||Conduct is devious||21:8|
|Are not to desire the company of godless people||Plot violence||24:1, 2|
|Others are glad when they succeed||Others hide when they rise to power||28:12|
|Care for the poor||Unconcerned about the poor||29:7|
|Despise the wicked||Despise the godly||29:27|
|Quality of life||Stand firm||Swept away||10:25|
|Delivered by godliness||Trapped by evil desires||11:6|
|No real harm befalls them||Constant trouble befalls them||12:21|
|Income results in treasure||Income results in trouble||15:6|
|Fall into constant trouble||17:20|
|Are bold as lions||Are fearful constantly||28:1|
|Will be safe||Will suddenly fall||28:18|
|Short-term results||Walk securely||Will be found out||10:9|
|Chased by blessings||Chased by trouble||13:21|
|Long-term results||God protects them||God destroys them||10:29|
|Evil people will bow to them||Will bow to the righteous||14:19|
|Will be punished for rebellion||17:11|
|Eternal||Never uprooted||Will not remain||10:30|
|expectations||Earn a sure reward||Earn deceptive wages||11:18|
|Attain life||Go to death||11:19|
|End only in good||End only in wrath||11:23|
|Will stand firm||Will perish||12:7|
|Have a refuge when they die||Crushed by their sins||14:32|
|God’s opinion of them||Delights in the good||Detests the perverse||11:20|