Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Isaiah prophesies to Israel.
Chapter 44: Reminders to Israel: God has chosen Israel. There is only one true God, and that is God! Worshiping idols is foolish. God will redeem Israel.
Chapter 45: God says that he will use Cyrus, King of Persia, to send them back to their homeland. God is the only Savior, and will save ALL of those on the earth who turn to him.
Chapter 46: Again, God tells Israel to stay away from idols! He is the one true God.
Chapter 47: God explains that the Babylonian Empire will fall after rising to the top.
Chapter 48: God reminds Israel that he knows all and knows best, even though they will think they are wise. God is telling them to stay close to him and remember these things. They will need to be strong in their faith as God takes them out of Babylon back to their home.
What is one key verse?
Isaiah 45:23 “By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.”
How does what you read change your vision of God?
It reminds me that God is love. He has a love for all of his people on the earth. He will do what he said he will do. If we will only remember who he is and what he said he’ll do, we can have hope to be a part of returning to him to bow and confess that he is Lord.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
I need to constantly humble myself and remember what is truly important in life – who God is and what he says he’ll do! God is the only wise one so that is who I should be listening to and filtering advice and decisions through. I shouldn’t judge anyone, only love them – because that is what God does!
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will share my faith with others so that they can learn, love, and grow closer to God in this life. I will try daily to not judge others, but love them, because that’s what God did with Israel so he could fulfill his purpose of bringing all people to him.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
As Israel got these reminders on how to live while they waited to be sent back to their homeland, it made me think of us waiting for Jesus now. It will happen, we just can’t understand or know when. We have the Bible and the church to help us with reminders along the way so that we can be strong when the day comes for us to be with Jesus forever. Also, just as God said in Isaiah “all the ends of the earth” and “every knee and tongue”, Jesus came and showed people just what that meant.