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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 The Comfort


of the Lord of the Lord
History 36–39
Hezekiah’s

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The Book of Isaiah

The Judgment The Comfort


of the Lord of the Lord

History 36–39
Babylonian

Hezekiah’s
captivity 39:7

Isaiah 40–66

The Comfort (and Judgment) of the Lord

God’s Restored by Restoration


People the Suffering Completed
Delivered Servant
40–48 49–57 58–66

“No peace to “No peace to


the wicked” the wicked”
48:22 57:21

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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

700 586 536 0

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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? 6-11


“What shall I call out?”
–  The Word of God 8
–  The Lord Jesus Christ himself 10-11
 What is God like? 12-26
 Does God know me? 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 12-17
•  Who is like God? 18-24
•  Against the astral bodies 25-26
•  Conclusion 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
I Will Not Give My Glory
to Another
•  Behold my Servant
1-4
–  Matt 12:18-20
•  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 •  The specifics of
•  Presence 5-7 the regathering
•  A witness to 14-21
the world 10 •  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