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Streams on the Dry Ground
Isaiah 40:1–44:5 Inheritance Class Grace Bible Church

The Book of Isaiah
The Judgment of the Lord The Comfort of the Lord

Hezekiah’s History 36–39

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The Book of Isaiah
The Judgment of the Lord The Comfort of the Lord

Babylonian captivity 39:7

Isaiah 40–66
The Comfort (and Judgment) of the Lord God’s People Delivered 40–48 “No peace to the wicked” 48:22 Restored by the Suffering Servant 49–57 Restoration Completed 58–66 “No peace to the wicked” 57:21

Hezekiah’s History 36–39

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Isaiah 40:1-2
•  “Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God. Chapters 40–48 •  “Speak kindly to Jerusalem; And call out to her, that Chapters 49–57 –  Her warfare has ended, –  That her iniquity has been removed, –  That she has received Chapters 58–66 of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”
Delitzsch; Young

Isaiah’s Prophetic Scope
Isaiah Babylonia captivity Suffering Servant

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586

536

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Isaiah 40:3-5

Clear the way for the Lord in the Wilderness

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The grass withers . . .
Isaiah 40:6-8

Isaiah 40

Isaiah Answers Some Questions
Bill Bryan, GBC, 5/24/92
 What is life all about? “What shall I call out?”
–  The Word of God –  The Lord Jesus Christ himself

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8 10-11

 What is God like?  Does God know me?

12-26 27-31

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Isa 40:12-31

Your Creator Exists, Israel!
•  The form is a disputation text
–  Judah questions God’s existence; Isaiah responds through rhetorical qstns

•  Against the nations •  Who is like God? •  Against the astral bodies •  Conclusion

12-17 18-24 25-26 27-31

–  The Creator is not tired 27-28 –  The Creator is not bankrupt 29 –  The Creator is not unreliable 30-31

Isaiah 41

Who Do You Trust?
•  I, the Lord, am the first, and with the last. I am He. 4b •  Israel my servant 8-20
–  I am with you 11

•  Contest with the gods 21-29
A dragon, Marduk’s sacred pet

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Isaiah 42

•  Behold my Servant 1-4
–  Matt 12:18-20

I Will Not Give My Glory to Another

•  All He does for us 5-9 •  Worldwide praise 10-17 •  Israel’s current condition 18-25

He is a light to the nations Isa 42:6

Isaiah 43:1–44:5

Unworthy Servant Regathered
•  Redeemed 1-2 •  Presence 5-7 •  A witness to the world 10 •  The specifics of the regathering 14-21 •  Waiting on wearying Jacob 22–44:5

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For February 28:

Isaiah 44:6–48:22 Burying Babylon
The Lord makes a surprising choice of who His servant will be

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