(7-8) Syria and Ephraim come against Judah. How does Ahaz respond, and how should he respond (7:1-8)? How do you tend to respond when trials come upon you? Why?
Isaiah predicts the birth of a child. What will happen before the child can talk (8:3-4)? What will happen before the child becomes a man (7:14-16)?
Instead of trusting God, Ahaz looks to Assyria for help (see I Kings 16). How does that work out for him (7:17, 8:5-8)?
When do you find it hard to trust God? To who or what might you look instead? How has that worked out for you?
(8-10) God instructs Isaiah not to walk like the people, but to follow the Lord (8:11-22). What should this look like? How well does this describe your life? How do you need to heed these instructions?
How does God respond to Judah’s continuous unrepentant sin (9:8-10:4)? Notice the repetition in 9:12b, 9:17b, 9:21b, 10:4b. What warning is there for us?
Assyria is coming against Judah (10:5-19). What does God intend? What does Assyria intend? How does this text help us see the interplay between God’s sovereignty and man’s choices? Why are both of these truths important?
(7, 9, 11) How does the promised child and shoot point forward to Jesus (7:14, 9:1-7, 11:1-10; see also Matthew 1:18-23, 3:16-17, 4:12-16)?
What glorious promises do we find in these passages?
How should we live in response to these promises?
(12) What responses does God call us to make (v1-6)?
Why should we respond in these ways (v1-6)?
How do these reasons spur you on to respond in these ways?