This week we are focusing on Isaiah 49-50:3. The following are some study suggestions to help you get started.
- Read through Isaiah 49-50:3.
- 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?
In Isaiah 40-66, the theme of God’s servant is developed. God’s servant, identified as Israel (41:8; 44:1-2) is to serve as God’s witness and light to the gentiles (43:10). The nation of Israel fails in this mission. They are blind, deaf, and walking in darkness thus turning their backs against their God. BUT God has a greater Servant who will not fail in this mission. This Servant will live a life of total faith and obedience to God. This will lead to the redemption of not only God’s people, Israel, but the nations as well!
- Read Isaiah 49:1-13, the second Servant song.
- What do you learn about this Servant?
- How does Christ fulfill the qualifications of God’s Servant? (Possible cross references to check out: Isa. 9:6-7; Luke 1:30-33; Heb. 4:12; Rev. 1:16; John 1:14; 17:1-5; Phil. 2:5-11; Acts 13:46-48; 26:22-23; John 1:10-11; Heb. 7:22,25; Luke 4:18; John8:12; 12:35-36)
- Read Isaiah 49:14-50:3. Picture what is happening.
- God will raise a “signal” (or “standard”) for the people (v.22). What or whom is this “signal”? (See Isa. 11:10,12; Num. 21:1-9 and John 12:20-36.)
- Who are considered God’s children? (See also Rev. 7:9-17.)
- Meditate on one new truth you have learned this week about God and yourself. Turn your thoughts into a prayer!
GOING DEEPER (optional): For further teaching and application, do one or more of the following:
- Read chapter 36, “Not with Swords’ Loud Clashing (49-50:3”) 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.