(44-45) Israel is going to be taken captive by the Babylonians. Who is God going to raise up, and for what purpose (44:28-45:6)?
God predicted this over 170 years before it happened. How would this encourage the people of Israel? How does it encourage you as you think of other predictions from God?
(40-41) To what things is God compared in 40:15-26? How does God measure up in the comparison?
In what ways can God help us (40:29-31, 41:10)?
How would God’s help comfort Israel in captivity? Comfort us in our trials? How should we respond (40:31, 41:10)?
(43-46) What idea is repeated in these verses: 43:10-11; 44:6-7, 24; 45:5-6, 18, 21-22; 46:9? Why is this important for Israel to grasp in their captivity? For us to grasp in our daily lives?
(47) What does Babylon claim for itself (v8, 10)? In what ways are we tempted to act like this?
(41-46) How does God compare to the idols of the nations (41:21-29, 44:9-21, 45:16-20, 46:1-7)?
How does Isaiah’s description of idols in his day also describe the idols of our day?
(43-48) In what ways is God for Israel (43:1-7; 44:21-26; 46:3-4; 48:17-18)?
How would God’s actions for Israel comfort them in their captivity? Comfort us in our current situations?
(42-45) Who is this servant (42:1-7 Matthew 12:18-21)? What will he do? How should we respond (45:22-23, Philippians 2:10-11)?
(40) Who is the one preparing the way of the Lord (v3-9, Matthew 3:1-3)? Who is this Lord in Isaiah 40? In Matthew? Ponder the connection being made!