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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?”





ISAIAH – LESSON NINE


I. GOD’S BURDENS UPON BABYLON, EDOM, ARABIA, JERUSALEM AND TYRE (21:1-23:18)

A. Judgment upon Babylon – the wilderness of the sea (21:1-10).

1. Sighing can cease because the destroyer and treacherous one has fallen (21:1-2).

2. Isaiah sees the judgment upon Babylon with pain and horror (21:3-4).

3. Watchman sees army with provisions approaching, then it is too late: fallen is Babylon –God’s instrument of                  threshing (21:5-10).

B. Judgment upon Edom – stillness of death (21:11-12).

1. Watchman asked urgently about the night.

2. Watchman sees the night reoccurring when the day does come for the history of Edom.

C. Judgment upon Arabia (21:13-17).

1. Prophet pleas for hospitality to be given to fleeing Arabians.

2. Within a year of prophecy the glory of Arabia will be reduced.

D. Judgment upon Jerusalem – valley of vision (22:1-25).

1. The destructive picture of besiegement upon the scoffing people of Jerusalem (22:1-14).

2. Judgment upon Shebna (overseer of house)Eliakim, more of a surety for Jerusalem, will replace him (22:15-23)

3. However, Eliakim’s offspring will not keep Jerusalem from eventually falling (22:24-25).

E. Judgment upon Tyre (23:1-18).

1. The mart of nations has fallen to their chagrin (v.1-12).

2. Besieged by the Chaldeans and forgotten for seventy years (v.13-15a).

3. After the seventy years she will be wielding her seductive ways again upon the nations for merchandise-only to                 have it disbursed for the benefit of God’s people (15b-18).


QUESTIONS:

1. Why might Babylon be described as “the wilderness of the sea”?


2. How does verse two help us in understanding who will conquer Babylon?


3. What does God’s watchman see?


4. When Babylon falls, what else is falling with her?


5. Why is Babylon called God’s “threshing”?


6. To whom does the “the burden of Dumah” apply?


7. Is there any lasting hope in the burden of Dumah?


8. Who were the “Dedanites”?


9. What will happen within a year of Isaiah’s prophecy to the glory of Kedar?


10. To whom does the “burden of the valley of vision” apply?


11. What event is being pictured in verses 1-11?


12. What attitude among the people is being expressed in their saying, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”?


13. Who is Shebna ?


14. Why is Shebna condemned?


15. Who replaces Shebna?


16. In what way will this replacement be recognized?


17. Why was Tyre known as the “mart of nations”?


18. Who has purposed the demise of Tyre?


19. Which city was older: Tyre or Sidon?


20. Who does this prophecy picture as bringing forth ruin to Tyre?


21. What will happen after seventy years of Tyre being forgotten?