CTC Discussion & Prayer | Isaiah 43:1 – 44:12 CSB
1. Take turns reading through the passage below together.
2. What questions or comments do you have about the passage?
3. What stood out to you from the sermon today?
4. How can you apply what your heart is hearing in God’s Word this week?
5. Pray together.
43:21 The people I formed for myself will declare my praise. 22 “But, Jacob, you have not called on me, because, Israel, you have become weary of me. 23 You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings or honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings or wearied you with incense. 24 You have not bought me aromatic cane with silver, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities. 25 “I am the one,I sweep away your transgressions for my own sake and remember your sins no more. 26 Remind me. Let’s argue the case together. Recount the facts, so that you may be vindicated. 27 Your first father sinned, and your mediators have rebelled against me. 28 So I defiled the officers of the sanctuary, and set Jacob apart for destruction and Israel for scorn.
44:1 “And now listen, Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen. 2 This is the word of the Lord your Maker, the one who formed you from the womb: He will help you. Do not fear, Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants and my blessing on your offspring. 4 They will sprout among the grass like poplars by flowing streams. 5 This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’; another will use the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and take on the name of Israel.” 6 This is what the Lord, the King of Israel and its Redeemer, the Lord of Armies, says: I am the first and I am the last. There is no God but me. 7 Who, like me, can announce the future? Let him say so and make a case before me, since I have established an ancient people. Let these gods declare the coming things, and what will take place. 8 Do not be startled or afraid. Have I not told you and declared it long ago? You are my witnesses! Is there any God but me? There is no other Rock; I do not know any. 9 All who make idols are nothing, and what they treasure benefits no one. Their witnesses do not see or know anything, so they will be put to shame. 10 Who makes a god or casts a metal image that benefits no one? 11 Look, all its worshipers will be put to shame, and the craftsmen are humans. They all will assemble and stand; they all will be startled and put to shame. 12 The ironworker labors over the coals, shapes the idol with hammers, and works it with his strong arm. Also he grows hungry and his strength fails; he doesn’t drink water and is faint.
This week’s reading: Isaiah 44