Well, let's get started.
Read Isaiah chapter 6.
-What would you all do if you saw something like this?
Check out Revelation 4:8
-John of Patmos also sees crazy things. This is what happens when you peer into heaven, when you get a taste of the divine, unhindered. There's nothing like seeing God to remind a person of how lowly you are.
-The bad part for Isaiah is that in this scene, he has to come to terms with who he really is! Have any of you had experiences that showed you who you really were? Maybe not seeing the Lord face to face, but that revealed of what you were really made?
Now read Isaiah 10:24-34. Then 11:1-9.
This is Isaiah part 2. OR Second Isaiah.
Go to chapter 40:1-11.
-What was familiar to you in that passage?
-VDMA. Latin, verbum dei manet aeternum. The word of the Lord endures forever. You will often see it in various church logos or symbols. Readers can find a good example here.
Let's read the rest of chapter 40.
-Again, what looks familiar?
“On Eagle's wings” It's a song. Often played at funerals.
-Where else? Job. Particularly the ending. Let's look really quick and see if it sounds familiar. Go to Job. 28:23-27. 40:1-9. Who can do God's work? -Just God. We're fortunate if God asks us to do something. But we can't create or judge like God does.
-“Prepare the way of the Lord.” Where have we heard that? Luke 3:4-6.
Let's continue; go to chapter 41:1-7.
-Much of this particular passage requires a brief understanding of the Babylonian captivity. Click here to get some perspective.
Now read Isaiah 42:1-9.
-This is one of the servant songs. And after reading them I think you'll see why they are important.
Fair judgment to the nations. Skip ahead and read chapter 45:1-7
-Verse 7 tends to ruffle a few feathers among translators of the Bible. Make disaster, make prosperity. More literally, harmony and wholeness, but also evil, bad stuff.
-Verse 1. Who is Cyrus?
He was the king of Persia. Under his reign, he sacked Babylon and conquered their lands.
-Does a person need to know God to do God's work?
Read on to 48:12-15 and 49:1-7.
-Gentiles. Bring salvation to the ends of the earth. The earth seemed smaller back then. The picture of salvation though, it getting bigger.
Skipping ahead to the third part of Isaiah, read 61:1-9.
-As I've been asking, what sounds familiar?
-What is a jubilee year? Every 7th year, according to Hebrew reckoning, was a year of jubilee. On that year, fields would be set fallow. Debts forgiven, and because of that, slaves set free. Slavery in ancient Israel was WAY different than it was in the West during the 18th and 19th centuries A.D. Slavery was a sort of financial indentured servitude. Get out of debt by selling yourself.
-How do we share this news today? The news of captives set free and the year of the Lord's favor?
Now read 66:1-4. What is faithful living?
-Is going to church an obligation? Why or why not?
Now move to 66:18-24.
-Congratulations, you made it through Isaiah.