Lesson 5: The Transforming Power of Hope and Humility (2:1-22)


This week we are focusing on Isaiah 2:1-22. The following are some study suggestions to help you get started:

LIMITED TIME:

  1. Read through Isaiah 2:1-22.
  2. Meditate on and/or journal the answers to the following questions.
    1. What does this passage teach me about God and His character?
    2. How does this aspect of God’s character change my view of myself?
    3. What should I do in response?

MORE TIME:

  1. Read through Isaiah 2:1-22 and study it on your own. Here are some possible questions to get started.
    1. Isaiah 2:1-5 describes hope for Israel in the “latter days”. What do you observe happening in verses 1-5? (Check out the cross reference in Micah 4:1-8.)
    2. Read Hebrews 1:1-3 and Revelation 21:1-5. What do these verses add to your understanding of Israel’s future hope? Our future hope?
    3. Isaiah 2: 6-22 speaks about Israel’s condition at the time of Isaiah’s ministry.
      1. Why does God reject His people?
      2. What will happen to them (vv. 9,11,17)? To God (vv. 11,17)?
      3. As God’s people today, how would you describe the church’s condition?
  2. Meditate on or journal the answers to the following questions.
    1. What does this passage teach me about God and His character?
    2. How does this aspect of God’s character change my view of myself?
    3. What should I do in response?

GOING DEEPER (optional): For further teaching and application, do one or more of the following:

  • Read chapter 5, “The Transforming Power of Hope and Humility (2:1-22)” in Isaiah: God Saves Sinners or listen to Ray Ortlund’s sermon series on line. (Most of the sermons correspond to the chapters in his book.)
  • Listen to the sermon(s) from Pastor Liam Goligher’s sermon series on Isaiah that go along with this week’s reading.

Share what the Lord is teaching you with someone else! Feel free to use the discussion board to post questions or thoughts and interact with others.

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