The Law Will Go Our From Zion
Questions for Study 1
Memory Verse: 2:3a
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I. Ah, Sinful Nation (1:1-17; 21-31)
1. During what time and to whom did Isaiah prophesy? What do you know about the four kings mentioned in verse 1? Find on a map Israel, Judah, Assyria, Aram, Egypt, and later, the Babylonian Empire. What was Israel's and Judah's situation in the geographical and political world picture?
2. What is the first indictment from the Lord upon Judah which Isaiah shouts to the heavens and the earth? (2) What did God's people not know or understand? (3) What was the result?
3. What was the situation of God's people at that time? What was the reason for it? How does Isaiah describe the devastated condition of God's people in verses 4 and 5? What does this teach us about the nature and consequences of sin?
4. According to verses 7 and 8 what seems to have happened to the nation? How did the Lord Almighty show them mercy? What had happened to Sodom and Gomorrah? (Gen. 19)
5. Read God's indictment upon the religious leaders in verses 10-17. What did God think of the religious ceremonies which were supposed to be for the worship of God? Why? Why did he not listen to their prayers? (15-16) What did he want of his people? (17; Exo. 19:5,6)
6. How had the political leaders ruined the once faithful city of Jerusalem? (21-23) What did God decide to do to cleanse and restore his city? What would happen to unrepentant rebels and sinners? (24-31)
II. Come, Let Us Reason Together (18-20)
7. What did God do about the rebellious and corrupted people? (18) Why did he want to talk with them?
8. What was God's gracious invitation? How did he plant hope in their hearts? (19-20) What does this reveal about God? What is mankind's hope?
III. The Law Will Go Out From Zion (2:1-5)
9. What was God's hope when he chose and called his people? (Ex. 19:4-6; and 1 Peter 2:9-10) What is his hope for his sinful people whom he longs to restore? (1-3)
10. How can God's people draw all the people of the world? What do they have that they can give the people of the world? What is the hope that we can have from this vision?