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Follow After Righteousness (Daily Portion 10126)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Isaiah 51:1-23

Some of the key words in this chapter are hearken,   awake,   comfort and righteousness .  God wants Israel to hear and awake because His righteousness is near, the time of wrath will pass, and He will comfort His people.

What Does It Say?

  1.  “For the LORD shall _________ Zion: he will _________ all her waste places.”
  2. God promises to make his ___________ to rest for a _________ of the people.
  3. God declares, “my _____________ shall be for ever, and my ______________ from generation to generation.”
  4. Israel was guilty of forgetting the Lord her __________ who had stretched forth the ____________ and laid the ______________ of the earth.
  5. Israel had none to __________ her among all the _________ that she had brought forth.

What Does It Mean?

  1. What is Rahab in verse 9?  The following steps should help you in this study.  According to Psalm 87:4, Rahab is a name for some kind of what?  The cutting of Rahab is connected to a special event as described in Isaiah 51:10.  What event does this verse best describe?  Finally, there is a dragon associated with Rahab (v.9).  What is the identity of the dragon according to Ezekiel 29:3?  With this information, what would say is the identity of Rahab?
  2. Verse 19 states, “These two things are come unto thee.”  The verse then names four things: “desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword.”  Study these items carefully.  How can these four things actually be two things?
  3. In verse 17, Jerusalem has drunk of the cup of God’s fury and the cup of trembling.  In verse 22, God says, “Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again.”  What does the cup of God’s fury picture?  What has happened between verse 17 and verse 22?

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. In verse 1, the Lord says, “Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness.”  In verse 7, He says, “Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness.”  Read the two verses carefully and tell what the difference is between following after righteousness and knowing righteousness.  Take each one separately and tell what you should make do so that God could say this about you.  How should these qualities change your life?
  2. In verse 12, God confirms that He is the one who comforts His people.  Why then should they be afraid of “a man that shall die?”  In what ways does the fear of man hinder your life for God?  What is the solution to these fears?

Suggested Memory Verses

Isaiah 51:1; Isaiah 51:7; Isaiah 51:11

David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 25:19

Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.