2/09/2016

Isaiah 31 and 32 questions


Trusting Egypt Doesn't Work (Isaiah 31:1-9); Woe Against Reliance on Egypt rather than God
  1. Why does God pronounce a woe (Isa 31:1; 22:11)? Why was it foolish for the people to trust in Egypt and her chariots (1-2; Ps 20:7; 33:17; Prov 21:31)? Why could Egypt not be trusted (3)?
  2. Who would fight for Zion and defend her? How is He described (4; Am 1:2; 3:8)? To what is God's defense compared (5)?
  3. How should the people respond to God's promise of deliverance (Isa 31:6-7; 2:20; 30:22)? Is repentance and returning to God and forsaking idols a prerequisite of divine deliverance?
  4. What would happen to Assyria, and what would the people learn (8-9)? How would Assyria fall (Isa 31:8; 37:36-38; 14:24-27; 29:5-8; 30:27-33)?
  5. What lessons should we learn from the mistake the people made in trusting Egypt without consulting God (Isa 2:22; 51:12-13; Jer 17:5; Ps 146:3)?

Peace is the Fruit of Righteousness (Isaiah 32:1-20)
  1. What is foretold that gives hope (1)? What kinds of rulers are described (1)? Who is this king (33:17, 22)? What blessings are described (2)?
  2. What will various parts of the body be able to do (3,4)? How do these promises work out in the lives of believers?
  3. How is the foolish person described (5-6)? What is the difference between a scoundrel and a noble man (7-8)?
  4. How are the women described (9-11)? What is the condition that concerns Isaiah (and God)? How does this manifest itself in our attitudes and behavior? What will happen to them?
  5. What will happen to the land (12-14)? What is the literary relationship between 32:1–8 and 32:9–14? Why does Isaiah do this? (Remember what is characteristic of him after a promise.)
  6. What will make the difference from barrenness to abundance? What will happen when the Spirit is poured out (15-17)? Notice four results of the Spirit's coming (16–17). What brings forth justice and righteousness (15-16)? What are its result (17-18)? How does this relate to our lives? When might this be fulfilled?
  7. Describe the dwellings of God's people (18-20)? What circumstances will surround them? What will the Messiah make available to the world (11:1; 62:1)?