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Words swirl around us and opinions are expressed with little thought and less humility. Can you imagine posting, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a [woman] of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Isa. 6:5)?
Studying the book of Isaiah is a great place to start to learn humility. Isaiah uses “holy” to describe God more than all the other Old Testament books combined and then reveals a way that God can make us holy - because Christ’s humility leads to our holiness.
Table of Contents:
Introduction to Isaiah
Lesson 1: The Lord Confronts, Consoles, and Condemns (Isaiah 1-5)
Lesson 2: The Holy Lord Sends (Isaiah 6-12)
Lesson 3: The Lord of Hosts Reigns (Isaiah 13-27)
Lesson 4: A Remnant Will Be Redeemed (Isaiah 28-35)
Lesson 5: In Whom Do You Now Trust? (Isaiah 36-37)
Lesson 6: Deliverance and Declaration (Isaiah 38-39)
Lesson 7: The Lord Who Comforts (Isaiah 40:1-44:23)
Lesson 8: The Superior Servant (Isaiah 44:24-55:13)
Lesson 9: The Lord Sanctifies His People (Isaiah 56:1-59:13)
Lesson 10: The Covenant-Keeper and Crimson-Conqueror (Isaiah 59:14-63:6)
Lesson 11: A Praying People and A Promise-Keeping God (Isaiah 63:7-66:24)
Many women today reach out to false, futile saviors, clinging to things or relationships that are as capable of saving them as sticks floating in the sea. This is tragic, especially because the lifeboat that could secure them to the heaviest anchor is right in front of them.
Perhaps no one has told them that the lifeboat, the Bible, is their very life, because it reveals Jesus Christ, the Anchor of their souls and the One to whom all Scripture points. Only as women are steeped in the Scriptures will women swim in hope, surf waves in security, and stand on shores anchored to the truth.
Sarah Ivill (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) has been leading, teaching, or writing women’s Bible studies since she was eighteen. She has served at the Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership, in Bible Study Fellowship, and as director of women’s ministry in the church. She is the author of other studies in this series on the biblical books of Romans, Ezra, Nehemiah, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude. She is a member of Christ Covenant Church (PCA) in Matthews, North Carolina.
“I am happy to commend these fine studies. Sarah is a sure guide—handling the text carefully, applying the Word wisely, and writing with an eye toward the edification of women in the church. The commentary and questions are marked by exegetical faithfulness and theological integrity. The church will benefit from Sarah’s excellent work (and even more so, from God’s holy Word!).” — Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews NC
“In this remarkable study of the book of Isaiah, Sarah Ivill repeatedly leads us to the cross through Isaiah’s thundering call to repentance. Sarah helps us see the agelessness of this ancient book when she encourages us to consider our own sin, how repentance leads to the freedom of forgiveness, our identity in the context of today’s culture, the comfort of God’s covenant promises, leaving a legacy, and the grace gifts available to each of us. If you’re looking for a meat-and-potatoes Bible study designed to deepen your understanding of the character and love of God, this is it." — Sharon W. Betters, director of resource development, MARKINC Ministries
“Millennia ago, God gave the prophet Isaiah a supernatural word that soars, convicts, reassures, and enlivens. The same God has given Sarah Ivill a passion for gazing on the Christ-centered character of that word and seeing its relevance for the Christian life. These twin realities combine in this book of eleven lessons covering all of Isaiah’s sixty-six chapters. With perceptive study questions, poignant summaries, and piercing application, Ivill helps readers and small groups hear and heed Isaiah’s testimony of judgment for sin, hope in exile, grace in suffering, and the new creation dawned in Christ.” — Carlton and Linley Wynne, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia