Isaiah 3: Bible Study Guide.
23-BSG-3A: WORSHIP GUIDE.
A Worship Guide corresponding with the today’s Bible Reading Plan: Isaiah 3/ Theme: Judah’s Judgment for her Sins/ 23-BSG-3A, (Isaiah 3:1-15)/ Hymn: Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling [Author: Will L. Thompson] (1880)
EXPLORATION: Apostasy in Judah — (1 Kings 14:22-24; 2 Kings 8:16-19; 16:10-16; 21:2-16; 2 Chr. 28:22-23; 33:2-10; Isaiah 1-39)
REFLECTION: The record of the sins of Judah is hereby continued from chapter 2. Having affirmed in greater details (Isaiah 2:9–21) that judgment would come, this chapter gives examples of present sins in the nation that needed to be judged by God. Here we see a profile of a society under judgment: shortages of food/ water, removal of all effective administrative offices/ governmental agencies and the miserable failure of incompetent leaders (1–7). Secondly, the chapter discusses why Judah is ripe for judgment (8–12). Third, God’s case against Judah is laid out in broad terms: their ill treatment of the poor (13–15); the women of Judah are sinful (16–26)–“Because the daughters of Zion are proud and walk with outstretched necks and seductive (flirtatious, alluring) eyes” (16a, AMP).
DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: Isaiah painted for us a vivid picture of what the city (Jerusalem of his day) was about to face. Here is an important lesson: whenever people, or any nation defy the glorious presence of the Lord (Isa. 3:8), often time they are left to experience the misery of His absence. Also, the necessities of life and good leadership is withdrawn (Isa. 3:2-7) and the message is very clear – “For they have brought evil on themselves ‘as a reward’ (3:9, AMP). Beloved, when any nation rebel against Yahweh, what follows is woe, devastation, calamity and ruin (see Gen 19, Jer 48:46; Numb. 31:9-12; Isa 20:3-4; Ps 78:58-61; Ps 106:39-43)
THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the Lord say to me this morning? My son, oh that you would be careful to always keep My charge, My statutes, My ordinances, and My commandments (Deut. 11:1) that it may be well with you. I do not delight in your misery, suffering, etc. (because of the consequences of sin and disobedience). On this day, I am inviting you to confess your sins; consecrate yourself; wash your clothes (repent) and be ready to meet with Me (Ex. 19:10). Cry out to Me and call upon My Name! I would that you look up to Me and be blessed! Will you?
My Desire: By God’s grace, I want to look up to God and surrender all (setting aside all my sins, my evil ways and seeking His face through prayer, confession, and genuine repentance).
Have A Blessed Day: “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with them, for what their hands have done shall be done to them.” (Isaiah 3:10–11, AMP)