There is No Light in Them: Isaiah 8:1-22


Isaiah 8: 1-22

I. A Large Scroll (vs. 1-4)

a. Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz means:  Speed the Spoil, Hasten the Booty.  God commanded the naming of certain children as a personification of prophetic importance.  We saw the same thing in Hosea 1:4, 6, and 9.  Does the naming of this child bode well for Judah?

b. Who was Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz’ father?

c. His birth announced the destruction of what nation and by whom? _

d. Isaiah prophesied primarily to Judah.  What should the destruction of Israel and Samaria prompt Judah to do?

e. What would need to happen to the alliance between Assyria and  Israel for verse 4 to come to pass?

II. Assyria Will Come in Like a Flood (vs. 5-10)

a. While Judah would not be utterly destroyed by Assyria how close would it come? 


b. In a foreshadow of things to come Isaiah uses the River (Euphrates) flooding as a symbol of how Assyria would sweep over Judah.  Why is this prophetic? 


c. For all Judah’s conspiring and preparations what will happen to her and why?


d. God is with who?

III. I Should Not Walk in the Way of This People  (vs. 11-22)

a. Who was Isaiah not to emulate?


b. Who would be a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel?


c. How do verses 16-18 show Isaiah understood his ministry?


d. What insight do verses 19-21 show how off- track Judah had become?



e. What would they pay for their error?



Application:  How is God’s mercy revealed in this passage?   _

How does it also reveal actions have consequences?