Isaiah 43 – Family Bible Study

On 22nd August, Steven led the following bible study for the family:

Opening Prayer: Andy

Bible Reading: Isaiah 43: 14-28 to read in context, but main focus verses 18-21:

This is what the Lord says –
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
‘For your sake I will send to Babylon
    and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians,[a]
    in the ships in which they took pride.
I am the Lord, your Holy One,
    Israel’s Creator, your King.’

This is what the Lord says –
    he who made a way through the sea,
    a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses,
    the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
    extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
‘Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.
The wild animals honour me,
    the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
 the people I formed for myself
    that they may proclaim my praise.

‘Yet you have not called on me, Jacob,
    you have not wearied yourselves for[b] me, Israel.
You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings,
    nor honoured me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with grain offerings
    nor wearied you with demands for incense.
You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me,
    or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins
    and wearied me with your offences.

 ‘I, even I, am he who blots out
    your transgressions, for my own sake,
    and remembers your sins no more.
Review the past for me,
    let us argue the matter together;
    state the case for your innocence.
Your first father sinned;
    those I sent to teach you rebelled against me.
 So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple;
    I consigned Jacob to destruction[c]
    and Israel to scorn.

Andy read from the Street Bible

Discussion & Prayer to close

Written up by Jo for Steven

 

 

 


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