At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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May 1, 2016

Isaiah 44 - 46

Messiah Controls History

 

 

 

Does God know what’s going on in America today?  Is He aware of the political and economic conditions on earth?  Can He influence world events?  Does He even want to?  Can He work through unsaved world leaders to do His will?

The answer to all those questions is “Yes.”  Almighty God has power to control history.  Truly, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water, He turneth it whithersoever He will” (Prov. 21:1).  In this week’s lesson you will see Messiah’s power to work through a pagan king for the benefit of His people, along with the utter powerlessness of false gods.

Isaiah 44:28

“That saith of _________, He is my ____________, and shall perform all my ____________.”

 

King Cyrus was the ruler of the Medo-Persian Empire (see the map), which conquered Babylon in 539 b.c.  Look at that verse again.

Isaiah 44:28

What did God direct Cyrus to do?

 

These words were written at least 100 years before Cyrus was born.  God used that pagan king to free the Jews and to order the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Ezra 1:1-4; 6:3-5).  He even laid it on King Cyrus’ heart to finance the rebuilding project!

Isaiah 45:1

“Thus saith the Lord to His __________, to Cyrus.”

 

An anointed person was chosen and set apart for a specific task (such as the kings of ancient Israel – 1 Sam. 24:6).  Interestingly, this is the same word translated “Messiah.”  This is the only time it was ever used in reference to a pagan ruler.  Back to the verse.

Isaiah 45:1

What did God say He would do for Cyrus?

 

 

Isaiah 45:2

What role did God have in Cyrus’ conquests?

 

Isaiah 45:3

What did God promise to give Cyrus?

 

What did He want Cyrus to know?

 

Isaiah 45:4

Why did God foreordain Cyrus and name him?

 

Did Cyrus have a personal relationship with God?

 

God described His great and unparalleled power in creation (verses 5-12), and then spoke about King Cyrus once again.

Isaiah 45:13

“I have __________ him up in righteousness, and I will __________ all his ways: he shall ________ my _______, and he shall let _____ my ___________.”  Cyrus would not do this for ransom or reward, but simply because the Lord of hosts directed him to.

 

Chapter 46 contrasts the powerlessness of false gods with the great power of Almighty God.

Isaiah 46:1

Bel and Nebo were two of the most important gods of the Babylonians.  What were they doing?

 

Who carried them?

 

Isaiah 46:2

Can false gods carry their worshipers’ burdens?

 

Rather than providing protection or victory, the pagan idols were carried by their owners into captivity.

 

Isaiah 46:3

Who did God call to “hearken” to Him?

 

Isaiah 46:4

What did God promise to do?

 

Isaiah 46:5

Is there anyone who compares to God?

 

Isaiah 46:6

This verse describes the expense and effort of creating an idol.  After making it, the idolater falls down and worships it!

 

Isaiah 46:7

Can dead idols do anything?

 

Can they hear or answer prayer?

 

Isaiah 46:8

God called His people to remember who He is.

 

Isaiah 46:9

“Remember the former things of old: for I am _______, and there is none ________; I am ______, and there is none ________ me.”

 

Isaiah 46:10

“Declaring the ______ from the ____________, and from ancient times the things that are not _______ done, saying, My counsel shall _________, and I will do all my ____________” (see also Isaiah 44:28).

 

Concluding Thoughts: False gods and idols are utterly powerless.  They can’t do anything – in fact, those who worship them must make them, carry them, and secure them in their place.  Almighty God – Israel’s Messiah – is the Creator of the universe and has all power.  He made the world and He directs the course of world events.  He can even use lost rulers to do His will.

How should we respond to such a God?  We should humble ourselves before Him, reject all false gods (which can include career, achievements, possessions, sports, and even pleasure), and ask Him to do His will through world events and history.  We should pray about politics and international relations.

Start now by praying for our President, Congress, Supreme Court, and other leaders.

 

Project: When you hear news about wars and international politics this week, ask God to intervene and do His will.

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