During the time of the exile and the return to the Promised Land God sent the Prophet Isaiah to tell of the coming of the Messiah. Keep in mind this scripture was written in approximately 680 BC. Today’s bible study comes from the book of Isaiah 6:1-8 & Isaiah 53.
The time was after King Uzziah had died. The main characters are Isaiah, the Lord, and angels. Isaiah saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. (Isaiah 6:1-2)
And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook, and the temple was filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6:3-4)
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:5-8)
Now to finish this week’s bible lesson off we wind up with Isaiah 53.
This chapter continues describing the “suffering servant.” He grows up in front of God like a plant. People ignore him because he doesn’t look particularly majestic. They all reject him and despise him, and he spends his whole life suffering.
But he pays off everyone’s sins with all this horrible suffering. No one realizes it, but it works. The people return to God like sheep to their shepherd.
Meanwhile, the servant goes like a sheep to the slaughter, bearing the people’s punishment silently. He is taken away by a “perversion of justice,” and is buried with the wicked and then with the rich.
God organized all of this to pay off the people’s transgressions. So, in the end the servant will be alright. He’ll see light through his troubles and find a place with the righteous and mighty as a reward for his atonement.
1. Describe what Isaiah saw in his vision?
2. What did he hear and witness?
3. What was Isaiah response and the interaction that followed?
4. In Isaiah 53, pull out the specific messianic (relating to Christ) correlation from these passages?
5. What is God trying to tell us through this story?
Questions to be answered:
1. What did we learn about God in this story?
2. What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
3. What did you learn new in this story?
4. What should I do differently because of this story?