Isaiah Message to a Nation in Peril Worksheet 16

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					Isaiah: Message to a Nation in Peril                                                          Worksheet 16

 IV. Warnings and promises                               Basic Reading: Isaiah 30:1 – 31:9
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    B. Stubbornness, rebellion, and God’s grace


1.   Read Isaiah 30:1-17; 31:1-3. Once again Isaiah chastises the people of Judah for seeking
     help from Egypt against the Assyrian threat. What activity of Judah’s envoys is Isaiah
     describing in 30:4-7? How does Isaiah describe the help that Judah will get from Egypt? What
     are the main reasons Isaiah denounced seeking help from Egypt? (See 30:1-2, 9; 31:1-3)




2.   What kind of message did the people want to hear from the prophets? (See also Amos 7:10-
     13) What will happen to those who reject God’s word? (v. 12-14) What was Isaiah trying to
     say to the people in v. 15? Does this verse have any meaning for us today?




3.   Read Isaiah 30:18 in a translation other than NIV. What does this verse reveal about God’s
     nature? How does Isaiah use the word “wait” in two different senses? How could Judah be
     seen as a type of “prodigal son” (see Lk. 15:11-32)?




4.   Read Isaiah 30:19-33. How will the Lord deal with his people as a teacher (v. 19-22)? What
     will be a tangible result of following his teaching? How will the Lord deal with his people as a
     healer (v. 23-26)?




5.   How will the Lord deal with his people as a warrior (v. 27-33)? Why will God sift or shake the
     nations (v. 28)? In particular, which nation will be terrified at the voice of God when He carries
     out his judgments (v. 31; see also 31:8-9)? What does the reference to “Topheth” (v. 33)
     mean as applied to the king of Assyria? (See 2 Kings 23:10; Jer. 7:31).




6.   Read Isaiah 31:4-9. Since the Lord promises to protect and deliver Jerusalem (v. 4-5), how
     should the people of Judah respond? What, according to v. 7, will be one of the main conse-
     quences of repentance? (See also 2:7, 18, 20; 30:22)




              [Note: Worksheets and other course materials are available at www.heggen.org/bible.]

				
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