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Bible Study on Foreshadow of the Desolation of Judah (Isaiah 24:1-13) (Thesis Sample)

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The task required me to formulate a bible study guide for a series of sermons to be delivered in a church. the primary theme of focus was Isaiah's foreshadow of the desolation of Judah. the sample discussed the chronological occurrence of events on the prophesies before the desolation. the discussion was based on the book of isaiah 24:1-13, where each verse was explicitly interpreted.

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Bible Study on Foreshadow of the Desolation of Judah
(Isaiah 24:1-13)
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Introduction
The principle study verses for today’s lesson is based on the events and occurrences foreshadow on the desolation of Judah and Jerusalem as stated on Isaiah 24:1-13. The central theme of the bible passage to be studied focuses is The Prophesy of a great destruction and desolation that was to occur to Judah and Jerusalem as a result of them polluting their God-given land. During the course of the lesson, we should be able to note and understand the key points and illustrations used in the passage. We should also be able to have an understanding on what had transpired before that led to the making of such announcement on the desolation of Judah and Jerusalem. During the course of the lesson, we will be able to discuss the significance and how we can apply this bible message today in our Christian lives.
Events leading to the Formulation of this Prophesy
We can examine the events that illustrated the spiritual and moral condition of the land from the study of the Kings that ruled over the land during this period. The Judean Kings that ruled over the area were not faithful to Jehovah God. Even during the reign of the few who served God, such as King Jotham, Some Israelites still continued to serve foreign gods. A description of the condition of the land in 2Kings 21:11-15 show that evilness ruled over the land. Also, its moral and religious conditions were worse than when the Canaanites had ruled it before it was given to the Israelites. Therefore, would Jehovah play favourites and show obedience of persons? He declares to rain a calamity over the land, and wipe out its inhabitants, similar to the way one wipes a handleless bowl clean, wiping it clean and turning it upside down. All those impressions illustrate how frustrated God was about the inhabitants of the land, He solemnly swears to clean it up.
A flashback on the conditions of the Covenant between God and Israelites (Exodus 24:3-8)
Recall that the Israelites has willingly engaged in a covenant with God about 800 years before Isaiah’s day. That agreement would hold only if the Israelites agreed to abide by God’s commandments. They would receive God’s blessings if they abode by his commandments, and would lose God’s blessings in times that they went astray. The promises were true, as the nation received vast blessings during the times when they followed God’s commandments. Hence, the area was once described in Deuteronomy 27:3 as “a land flowing with milk and honey.”
During the making of the covenant between God and this nation, as they were about to get into the Promised Land, they were told that the Canaanites were being dispossessed as a result of their religious corruption. They were cautioned against copying the same bloodthirsty, immoral pagan religion as the consequences would be dire to them, just the same way it was dire to the Canaanites. The polluted and nauseated land would, therefore, vomit them out to cleanse itself. However, the Israelites ignored the warning; and were vomited out as stated in that prophesy.
The First fulfilment (Read Isaiah 24:1)
In this scripture, Isaiah begins his prophesy by stating, “Behold, the LORD [Jehovah] will lay waste the earth and make it desolate, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.” This prophesy comes to fulfilment many years later when the Babylonian army, under King Nebuchadnezzar march to Jerusalem in 607 B.C. They destroy the city and the temple. It is also fulfilled when inhabitants of Judah are wiped out by sword, famine and plague. The land is left desolate as most Jewish subsister are taken captive into Babylon; the few left in the aftermath flee to other neighbouring countries, such as Egypt. Not even the domestic animals remain there. The remains of the land of Judah are ruins, inhabited only by wild animals and birds.
The treatment Israelites are to receive in captivity
In Israel, there were distinctions or classes of people, there were priests, the rich, the poor, servants among others. However, will anyone in Judah receive discriminatory treatment during this coming judgement? The preceding to verses in today’s lesson illustrate the treatment Israelites were to r...
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