Isaiah 3:1-4:6; 4:2

"In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel" (Isa 4:2, NIV).

Theme: Are you going to remain proud and trust in man/yourself, or are you going to humble yourself and exalt God alone?

Recap: The Ideal and the Actual: Walk in the Light (Isa 2:1-22, 5)

* Salvation is not a position. It is a ____ (Isa 2:3, 5), a way of life.

* The evidence of our faith is not just what we say but how we live.

* Be brutally honest with yourself before the light of truth (1 Jn 1:5; Jn 8:12). Refusing to face the truth guarantees that one will remain in permanant and incurable self-deception (Jer 17:9) and slavery (Jn 8:32).

* God desires that we live a ______ life (Gen 17:1; Eph 1:4).

* To trust God requires that we STOP ___________ (Isa 2:22).

* Fight against _____ which God always opposes and learn _______ which God always blesses (Isa 2:9, 11, 17; Prov 15:33; 18:12; 22:4; 29:23).

Isaiah 2:1-4:6 (2:1-5; 2:6-22; 3:1-4:1; 4:2-6); 2:2a, 5, 22

"In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as the highest of the mountains..." "let us walk in the light of the Lord" "Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?" (Isa 2:2, 5, 22, NIV).

Theme: Your life (walk) is the evidence of your faith. Walking in the light requires that we trust God and not man.

Recap:

  1. Why study Isaiah?

    The book of Isaiah, in a way almost unparalleled in any other biblical book, reveals a complete picture of God: sovereignty, creativity, purposefulness, trustworthiness, faithfulness, justice, grace, holiness, glory and patience.” John Oswalt, The Holy One of Israel: Studies in the Book of Isaiah, 2014.

  2. What is Isaiah 1 about?

    "Isaiah 1 is an introduction to the entire book, containing the basic themes of Isaiah's ministry, namely, the sinfulness of Judah and Jerusalem (1:3-8), the tender appeals of the Lord (1:16-19), the certainty of the coming judgment (1:24-25, 28-31), and the blessedness of the salvation to come (1:26-27)." Edward J. Young, The Book of Isaiah. 1965.

Isaiah 1:21-31; 18, 23, 27

"Come now let us reason together..." "Your rulers...do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them" "Zion will be redeemed by justice, her repentant ones by righteousness" [HCSB] (Isa 1:18a, 23, 27).

Theme: Judgment is not for destruction but with the hope of redemption (Isa 1:27). The evidence of redemption is that we care for the oppressed and the disadvantaged (Isa 1:23).

Recap of Don't Burden Me With Your Church Activities (Isa 1:10-20): God is grieved and displeased when we worship him in church with iniquity in our hearts (Isa 1:13b). But despite our hypocrisy, God extends to us unlimited grace (Isa 1:18). Praise and thank God for his immeasurable grace.