This week we are focusing on Isaiah 12:1-6. The following are some study suggestions to help you get started:
- Read through Isaiah 12:1-6.
- Meditate on and/or journal the answers to the following questions.
- What does this passage teach me about God and His character?
- How does this aspect of God’s character change my view of myself?
- What should I do in response?
- We have reached a beautiful climax of triumphal praise following the Immanuel prophecy (7:1-12:6)! It might be beneficial to read these verses outloud.
- Take time to digest what is being proclaimed about God and why.
- Who is singing this song and when? Context is key, so look back at Isaiah 11 for help. (Note: The ‘you’ in verse 1 is singular, and the ‘you’ in verse 3 is plural.)
- What is their response to what God has done?
- What has been your response to what God has done for you?
- This song of praise echoes back to the song that Moses and the Israelites sang after God delivered them out of the land of Egypt. It might be fun to read Exodus 15:1-18 and compare the 2 songs.
- One theme that runs throughout the Bible is God’s intent to dwell with His people. Isaiah 12 ends with the statement that ‘great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel’ (v.6). Here are a few cross references that speak to this theme (Exodus 25:8; 40:34; Isaiah 57:15; Zechariah 2:10-11; John 1:14; Revelation 21:3). What difference does this truth make in your daily life?
GOING DEEPER (optional): For further teaching and application, do one or more of the following:
- Read chapter 13, “Our Response to the Triumph of Grace (12:1-6)” 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. Reminder! This is your time in the Word. Do what time permits in your season of life. That might look different from week to week. God’s Word NEVER comes back void 😊