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ISAIAH – LESSON SEVEN


I. THE BURDENS OF PHYLISTIA, MOAB AND DAMASCUS (14:28-17:14)

A. Burden against Phylistia (14:28-32)

1. Time of prophesy: The year that Ahaz died.

2. Phylistia not to rejoice over Judah’s current weak condition.

3. Phylistia will be destroyed by foe from the north – Judah will be spared.

B. Burden against Moab (15:1-16:14)

1. Capital city – Ar and military strongholds – Kir, along with principal cities will be weeping over their sudden                 destruction.

2. Moab’s protection is in Zion – But their pride and arrogance against God will be their downfall.

3. Prophecy to be fulfilled within three years.

C. Burden against Damascus (Samaria) (17:1-13)

1. Damascus and her confederate Ephraim will be taken into Assyrian captivity.

2. Remnant left of the glory of Jacob

3. Ephraim will look to God in their distress and not their idols.

4. Their oppressor Assyria will be overthrown.


QUESTIONS:

1. Why were the last days of Ahaz a time for rejoicing in Phylistia over Judah?


2. Who is coming from the north that will cause howling in the gates of Phylistia’s cities?


3. What is Isaiah’s description of this enemy from the north?


4. When the enemy comes upon Phylistia, what will messengers be reporting about Judah?


5. Describe the EFFECTS of destruction of Moab upon her inhabitants:


6. How did Isaiah feel about Moab’s destruction?


7. Why was “sending lambs” to the mount of the daughter of Zion important for Moab to do?


8. Why is Zion a place for refuge?


9. What will happen to Moab’s arrogance and boastings?


10. Where will Moab go to pray?  What will result from this activity?


11. Who revealed this prophecy against Moab “in time past”?


12. When does Isaiah his prophecy will be fulfilled?


13. Describe the remnant that will be left behind in Moab?


14. Why is Ephraim included in the burden against Damascus?


15. How is a remnant of the glory of Jacob described by Isaiah?


16. In the day of God’s judgment upon Ephraim to whom will the people look?


17. What did not help Ephraim in the day of God’s judgment upon them?


18. When was the prophecy against Damascus and Ephraim fulfilled?


19. Who will rise up against the foe of Damascus and Ephraim?


20. What will happen to the oppressor of Damascus and Ephraim?




ISAIAH – LESSON EIGHT


I. A TRIOLOGY: PROPHECIES CONCERNING AND BURDEN UPON ETHIOPIA-EGYPT (18:1-20:6).

A. Prophecy concerning Ethiopia: An event of God’s doing will occur that will cause Ethiopia to bring a present unto God                  (18:1-7).

1. Messengers sent back to Ethiopia to wait for the coming event.

2. God has been sitting still waiting for the harvest: defeat of Assyria.

3. God’s authority will be acknowledged in Ethiopia (cf. 2 Kings 32:23).

B. The burden and future blessings for Egypt (19:1-25)

1. Burdens: (v.1-15).

a. Internal civil war (v.1-4).

b. Blessings from Nile dried up (v.5-10).

c. The wise princes of Zoan and Memphis lead people astray as a disorientated drunk (v.11-15).

2. God’s strong actions cause Egypt to tremble (v.15-16).

3. Blessings (v.16-25).

a. Five cities began to speak in the language of Canaan – One city named “destruction” (v.18).

b. Altar and pillar as sign and witness at the border of Egypt for Jehovah’s deliverance (V.19-22).

c. Egypt – Assyria- and Israel worship together (v.23-25).

C. Prophecy of Assyria taking captive Egypt and Ethiopia (20:1-6).

1. Ashdod taken by Assyria: Sargon.

2. Isaiah’s three year portrayal of upcoming shame upon Egypt-Ethiopia.

3. Philistia dismayed for Egypt and Ethiopia are unable to help them against Assyria’s invasion.


QUESTIONS:

1. Why might Ethiopia and Egypt be combined in chapters 18-20?


2. Is chapter 18 a burden of judgment or a prophecy of blessing concerning Ethiopia?


3. Describe the people and the land of Ethiopia.


4. What is God doing as an important event affecting Ethiopia is approaching?


5. What event in history could Isaiah be prophecying about in chapter 18?


6. What will the Ethiopians do when the enemy is cut down?

7. What will cause the Spirit of Egypt to fail?


8. What three industries will be affected by the drying up of the Nile?


9. Why are Zoan and Memphis two important cities of Egypt?


10. What will cause Egypt to tremble?


11. Why is one of the five cities pointed out as the city of “destruction” in the midst of the portion of the prophecy dealing with          blessings for Egypt?


12. How will Assyria, Egypt and Israel be recognized by God when they all become a blessing in the midst of the earth?


13. When will the blessings for Egypt be fulfilled in verses 18-25?


14. Who was Tartan?


15. When was the prophecy in Isaiah 20 given?


16. Why was the Philistian city of Ashdod so important to Egypt and Ethiopia?


17. What sign did Isaiah demonstrate for three years?


18. Why will the inhabitant of the coast-land say , “how shall we escape?”