Year of the Bible – Isaiah 4:2-5:30

Year of the Bible - Season of Advent - Isaiah 4



Then sheep will graze as in their own pasture; lambs will feed among the ruins of the rich. – Isaiah 5:17

Isaiah 4:2-5:30 (4:2-6)

Isaiah balances Law and Gospel in his proclamation to Israel. On the one hand, God, who had patiently sought the repentance of Israel, was going to destroy Israel for her proud arrogance, evil deeds, and stubborn unbelief. On the other hand, He was not going to forget her. A day would come when the “Branch”—a Messianic title—would appear to save her. Out of the stump of Jesse, the family of King David, a ruler would come and Zion would be cleansed of her sins. Then, Isaiah said, God’s judgment would purify the faith of Israel. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.(4:4) When the Messiah appeared, Isaiah promised, He would live and dwell among His people, protecting them from the storms of life. Then five woes—verdicts of condemnation— were pronounced by Isaiah against Israel: Woe to those who add house to house; Woe to those who rise early . . . to run after their drinks . . . Woe to those who draw sin with corks of deceit . . . Woe to those who call evil good and good evil . . . Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes. Isaiah presents us with the two-fold way that God judges evil: He declares condemnations upon evil men at the same time that He keeps and preserves the righteous from harm. But the Lord Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will show himself holy by his righteousness. Then sheep will graze as in their own pasture; lambs will feed among the ruins of the rich. (5:16,17)

Questions – Isaiah 4:2-5:30

  1. What two great doctrines does Isaiah clearly distinguish and present?
  2. Which of these two doctrines promises to us that a Savior would be sent into the world to deliver us?
  3. What is the metaphoric name that Isaiah gives to the Savior and what does it mean?
  4. Why are we comforted when God issues judgments against our enemies?
  5. What is meant by the image of a lamb feeding among the ruins of the rich?
Year of the Bible – Advent Week Three | Wednesday |  Isaiah 4:2-5:30 – © John W. Fiene