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Isaiah 32-33

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The Coming Kingdom and Future Defeated Assyrian

Isaiah 32-33

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Lesson Number 27

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The coming kingdom will be established.
  2. The coming Assyrian will be destroyed.

Practical Application


Questions

  1. Is there any good news in Isaiah 28-35, a section entitled “The Denunciation of Israel and Judah”?
  2. Explain Isaiah 32:5-6.
  3. Why did Isaiah appeal specifically to the complacent women of Judah to change their ways (Isaiah 32:9-14)?
  4. List some of the characteristics of the coming kingdom of our Lord (Isaiah 32:15-18).
  5. Who is the sixth woe pronounced upon in Isaiah 33, and why?
  6. Who is praying in Isaiah 32:2-6?

Answers

  1. Although these chapters are characterized primarily by six woes, there is some good news, especially as Isaiah looks to the far future when the Lord returns and judges all the enemies of His people and establishes His glorious earthly kingdom.
  2. When the Lord returns with His righteous kingdom, the ungodly behavior of the people will be transformed and brought into line with God’s righteous standards. They will no longer call evil good or good evil, as happens so frequently today.
  3. Women are essential to the moral well-being of society. They were appealed to in view of the trouble on the horizon – the coming Assyrian invasion.
  4. The Holy Spirit will be poured out on a restored Israel The land, including the wilderness, will become fertile Justice and righteousness will dwell within the nation Peace and security will be the portion of God’s people
  5. This woe was pronounced upon Sennacherib and the Assyrian empire, enemies of God’s people. Sennacherib had dealt treacherously will Judah by accepting a large sum of money from King Hezekiah and then besieging Jerusalem anyway (see 2 Kings 18).
  6. This is the prayer of the faithful remnant in Judah at the time of the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem. They are confident that God will deliver them and that they will gather the spoils from the defeated Assyrians.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Calling evil good and good evil has become commonplace in our society. Discuss examples of this that you have seen. How can you set a different standard within your home and family?

Challenge

  1. Many times we have to deal with evil, but this is different than deliberately looking at evil. Will you be like the godly man in the Lord’s kingdom who “stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil” Isaiah 33:15?

Key Verses

  • “Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice.” Isaiah 32:1
  • “O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.” Isaiah 33:2
  • “For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our Lawgiver, the LORD is our King; He will save us.” Isaiah 33:22

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