• Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 8th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 64-66

    Bible Study: Isaiah 64-66

    The whole nation of Israel today, is seeking to relate to God on the basis of their righteousness. The day of atonement in which the sins of the nation were forgiven. It was a very solemn and awesome day. It was that one day of the year that the priest would take the blood of the sacrifice into the holy of holies, to offer it there before God for the sins of the nation. It was that day that they would cast lots, which goat would be, the goat that would be released, the sins placed upon it, and it’d be released in the wilderness, and which one would be sacrificed for the sin. It was a very solemn day as the high priest would go into the holy of holies, and there offer the blood of the sacrifice for the nation, and for the sins of the people. As time has gone, and traditions have substituted the law of God, as Jesus in His day said, “You do teach for doctrines, the traditions of man.”

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    Posted on December 7th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 62-63

    Bible Study: Isaiah 62-63

    So God’s promise is faithfulness to the promises that He made. That Jerusalem shall become really the center of the earth. We’re told that when Jesus comes to reign, He will establish there in Jerusalem, His throne. That the nations of the world will flow unto it. This is to be fulfilled in the kingdom age, or the millennial reign of Christ. God’s program is going to go right on. God is not going to stop His program. There will be no rest until it is accomplished. So we look forward to that glorious day when the Lord shall return!

    Now as Peter said, “God is not slack concerning His promises to usward, as some men count slackness.” He, he said that in the last days there would be scoffers that would begin to say, “Oh you know, where is the promise of His coming? Thing’s aren’t gonna change. They’re gonna go on like this forever. Since our fathers have fallen asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning.” There would be that sort of putting down, giving up of the hope of the fulfillment of the promises and the purposes of God. But God here is declaring that they shall come to pass. He will not rest until He has established His work. That Jerusalem becomes really the light of the world, as God intended Her to be.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 6th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 60-61

    Bible Study: Isaiah 60-61

    Let’s turn now in our Bibles to Isaiah sixty. Now the men who made the chapter and verse separations in the Bible were much smarter than I. But I do wonder why they did separate certain chapters where they did. This is one case where I sort of question the separation of the chapters at the point they did it. Had I been on the committee, I would have voted to make the chapter separation at the end of verse nineteen, in the previous chapter. I would’ve started chapter sixty with verse twenty of the previous chapter. Because we are now moving into an interesting aspect of the prophecy of the future glory that will come to Israel when the Messiah comes.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 5th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 58-59

    Bible Study: Isaiah 58-59

    Isaiah fifty eight. The Lord is saying to Isaiah…

    Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet (58:1),

    Jerusalem Bible has it, “Shout with all of your might!” God is asking Isaiah to make this loud proclamation to the people!

    shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins (58:1).

    Now there is an endeavor today to sort of water down sin, and transgressions. But God is telling the prophet, “Shout it with all your might! Cry aloud! Don’t spare! Lift up your voice like a trumpet to show the people their transgressions, and the house of Jacob their sins.”

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 4th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 56-57

    Bible Study: Isaiah 56-57

    Let’s turn in our Bibles to Isaiah, chapter fifty six, as we continue our journey through the word of God. Now this is not for your benefit, but for the benefit of the egg heads that might be listening to these tapes. I do understand that some scholars believe that chapter fifty six begins actually the third Isaiah, because of a change somewhat in style, and in content, as Isaiah now turns to sort of ethical type of instructions. I’m aware of this, what I consider to be fallacious kind of reasoning.

    I believe there was only one Isaiah, the author of the book by his name, and I reject the duotoral Isaiah, or the trilogy that they do suggest, moving in, in chapter fifty six. So that’s just a, a, a disclaimer as far as I’m concerned of the whole theory. It’s not worth even studying. It’s weak. It lacks really the confirmation of Jesus, and that’s the whole, the whole problem as I see it.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 3rd, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 54-55

    Bible Study: Isaiah 54-55

    In the fifty third chapter, we have this most remarkable prophecy concerning Jesus Christ, God’s anointed servant. But we are told by prophecy, that He would be despised and rejected of men. He would be a man of sorrows, He would be acquainted with grief, He would be smitten, and He would be wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities, that He would be numbered with the transgressors in His death, and that He would make intercession for the transgressors.

    So it speaks about the Messiah being rejected, the Messiah being cut off. Rejected by the nation of Israel. We know how completely this was fulfilled. When Jesus came, He was rejected by the nation, He made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Sunday, but before the week was over, He was hanging on the cross, numbered with the transgressors, and with the rich in His death, as He was there making intercession for the transgressors saying, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 2nd, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 52-53

    Bible Study: Isaiah 52-53

    In the fifty first chapter, verse nine, the people in their dilemma, in their need, in their facing, an overwhelming enemy, and in their being defeated by this enemy, cried out to God to wake up. “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord. Awake as in ancient days. Lord again, manifest your power for your people, as we have read that you did in our history, when you delivered us from the hand of the Egyptians and all. Wake up Lord! Look what’s happening!”

    There are some times as I see this overwhelming flood and tide of evil, that seems to be just washing over this nation. I am prone sometimes to say, “Wake up God! Don’t you see what’s happening? Don’t you see the, the conditions that are existing? Lord, wake up!” But you know, it’s not the Lord who’s asleep, it’s His people, who are asleep!

    So in chapter fifty two, it begins with God calling to the people, and basically He is saying, “I’m not asleep, you wake up!”

    Awake, awake; put on strength, O Zion (52:1);

    So God is calling for His people to awake. Now at one time there was described as a silent majority in the United States. How that many of the things that were transpiring in our nation that were manifesting a downward trend, did not really represent the majority of the people.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 1st, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 50-51

    Bible Study: Isaiah 50-51

    Now Isaiah has been prophesying the doom of the nation. He has been telling them that they are going to be going into captivity in Babylon, and it’s not going to be easy. In fact, in the end of our study tonight, chapter fifty one, verse twenty three, he tells them how the Babylon’s are going, the Babylonians are going to say to them, “Bow down that we might run over you.” They’ve laid your body to the ground, made your body like a street, just running over you.

    Now with all of the calamities that they are going to be facing, the thought is destined to come, “God has forsaken us! God has put us away! For how could this calamity befall us if God did not forsake us?” There’s going to be that tendency, as so often is the case, to blame God for their problems. This just sort of points out the perversity of the human nature, when we do all of these things in disobedience to God, in defiance of God’s word, in spite of the warnings that God gives to us of the calamity that will come to us if we do these things, we do them anyhow. Then when the calamity comes, we say, “Why would God allow this to happen to me?” Well He warned you that it would happen! We want to blame God for the calamity.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 30th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 48-49

    Bible Study: Isaiah 48-49

    Let’s turn to Isaiah chapter forty eight, that we might continue our study through the Bible. The prophet Isaiah was prophesying over a hundred years before the defeat of Israel by the Babylonians. A hundred years before their captivity. But not only is he prophesying of, of their captivity, but he is also prophesying of their subsequent deliverance from captivity, how God is going to bring them out of Babylon, and set them free from that Babylonian captivity.

    The prophet Jeremiah, who also prophesied of the Babylonian captivity, actually was specific, and gave the time of their captivity as seventy years. So those that were in captivity had the advantage of both Jeremiah’s prophesies, and Isaiah’s prophesies, so that while they were captives in Babylon, they recognized from the prophesies, that God was going to deliver them. They knew that their period of captivity was to be seventy years.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 29th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 46-47

    Bible Study: Isaiah 46-47

    Shall we turn now in our Bibles to the book of Isaiah, chapter forty six, as the Lord begins to speak concerning Babylon.

    Now the interesting thing about this prophecy to Babylon, is that it precedes by a hundred and six years, the invasion of Babylon, and the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon. It would be like us writing about something that was going to happen to the United States in the year two, well in the year 2100. Now we do hear projections into the year 2001, and 2012, and there are some projections that go on into 2020, population projections and so forth, oil depletion and all. But to think of writing about the year 2100, and things that would be happening in the United States would seem almost ludicrous.

    Yet, Isaiah the prophet is writing about things that will transpire when Babylon has conquered Jerusalem, some two thousand and six, or, I mean, some one hundred and six years later. But then he goes on, and he prophesies the things that will take place when Babylon is destroyed, and that is yet to take place some two thousand, and uh, I mean, it’ll take place some a hundred and seventy six years later.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 28th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 45

    Bible Study: Isaiah 45

    Shall we turn now in our Bibles to Isaiah, chapter forty five, as we continue our study through the word. Isaiah wrote this portion of the book about 712 BC Cyrus, the king of the Medes did not conquer Babylon until about 500 BC, 502 or so, so you’re talking now, two hundred and ten years before Cyrus conquered Babylon. In fact at the time that Isaiah was writing this, Babylon had not yet conquered Jerusalem. Babylon was still not a world power.

    At the time that Isaiah is writing, Assyria is actually the world power. Babylon has not yet come into existence as a real powerful state. But, before Babylon ever becomes the world dominating power, through the prophet Isaiah, he speaks of the fall of Babylon.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 27th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 43-44

    Bible Study: Isaiah 43-44

    Shall we look now, at Isaiah chapter forty three? Isaiah is writing a little over a hundred years before Judah goes into captivity. The northern kingdom, Israel, has recently gone into captivity. The Assyrians have conquered the northern kingdom, but the kingdom of Judah is still strong. Hezekiah is the king, and though he is prophesying a hundred years before the fall, actually, a hundred and six years before Nebuchadnezzar came with the first carrying away of captives, the first conquering of Jerusalem. Yet, he is talking about God’s preservation during the captivity, and God’s restoring of the nation, after the captivity.

    So it is fascinating prophecy in that it precedes the period of captivity by over a hundred years, and yet the prophecy is extended out beyond that. God’s preservation and God’s restoration of the nation, after they have been defeated by their enemies. So God’s unfailing love for the nation. Though the nation has failed, failed miserably, God’s love does not fail. God calls them still His people, though they have turned from God, and have turned after idols and all, still God owns them. Though, because they are children, it is necessary to correct them severely, still, they are children.

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    Posted on November 26th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 42

    Bible Study: Isaiah 42

    Isaiah forty two. God is drawing our attention, as He always does, to His servant. God declares…

    Behold my servant, [“Study, scrutinize, observe, my servant.”] who I uphold; [“I support him, I’m behind him, I sustain him.”] mine elect, [“My chosen one.”] in whom my soul delighteth (42:1);

    So the description of God’s servant. Upheld by God, chosen by God, one who brought pleasure to God.

    I have put my spirit upon him (42:1):

    Again going back to Isaiah chapter eleven, “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and of might, the spirit of knowledge, and the fear of the Lord will make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord, so that he will be able to judge righteously”.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 25th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 40-41

    Bible Study: Isaiah 40-41

    Shall we turn now to the prophecy of Isaiah, beginning with chapter forty? They say that repetition is the key to learning. So, we will tell you once more that the book of Isaiah is often called the miniature Bible. Sixty six chapters equating to the sixty six books in the Bible. Isaiah is divided into two definite sections. Thirty nine chapters with the old twenty seven, and the new. Even as the Bible is divided into two distinct sections. Thirty nine chapters in the old testament, twenty seven in the new. So you have these parallels between Isaiah, and the whole Bible.

    Now as you enter into this second section, which would be chapter forty, it is like entering into the new testament. It is a whole new tone. There’s a whole new excitement, as we contemplate now, more fully, and completely, the promised Messiah, and the glorious age, and kingdom that He will set up! The first part of Isaiah would be as man relating to God through the law. Now we begin to relate to God through His grace towards us in Christ Jesus. So the second section of Isaiah begins with the words…

    Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God (40:1).

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    Posted on November 24th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 37-39

    Bible Study: Isaiah 37-39

    The thirty seventh chapter of Isaiah, is almost word for word, a repeat of II Kings, chapter nineteen. Chapters thirty eight and nine cover the same portion of Hezekiah’s life, as does II Kings, chapter twenty. So in a sense, we have a repeat of history that we have already covered as we were going through II Kings. But that was long enough ago that you’ve probably forgotten it, and so we can go through it again. One further note, and that is, when they wrote this portion of Hezekiah’s life, they were not seeking to record history in a chronological order.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 23rd, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 35-36

    Bible Study: Isaiah 35-36

    Many of you realize that Isaiah is composed of sixty-six chapters. We know that there are sixty-six books in the Bible, and that the Bible is divided into the Old Testament, and the New Testament. There are thirty-nine books in the old testament, there are twenty-seven books in the New Testament, and thus, our Bible composed of sixty-six books. Isaiah has sixty-six chapters and interestingly enough, they are divided into the first section of the book of Isaiah, which is thirty-nine chapters, and the second section which is twenty-seven chapters.

    It is interesting that the fortieth chapter, which would be the first chapter of the second section, opens with the prophecy of John the Baptist, the voice of him that cries in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths!” So you have sort of a miniature Bible in Isaiah.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 22nd, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 33-34

    Bible Study: Isaiah 33-34

    So let’s turn to Isaiah chapter thirty three, and continue our journey through the Bible. The thirty third chapter of Isaiah is directed towards Assyria, and it is written about the time that Assyria was defeated by God in her attempt to conquer Jerusalem.

    Sennacherib, the king of Assyria had come to Jerusalem, and had demanded tribute from king Hezekiah, which he paid. It was sort of a extortion kind of thing, “Either you pay it, or we’re gonna destroy you!” So Hezekiah took money out of the treasury, and he paid off king Sennacherib. But having received then the payment, he turned as if to go away, but then he returned and set up the siege against the city. Thus he broke the covenant that he had made, and he set his siege against Jerusalem.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 21st, 2012

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    Bible Study: Isaiah 31-32

    Bible Study: Isaiah 31-32

    Let’s turn now to Isaiah chapter thirty one, as we continue our journey through the Bible. The situation is this, Assyria has a conquering army that has conquered the northern kingdom, and is now moving towards Jerusalem, conquering all of the cities in the path. Those that are in Jerusalem are fearful because no city has been able to stand against the forces of Assyria. The Assyrians are very cruel. They are inhumane, they are known to mutilate their captives physically, gouging out an eye, cutting off an ear, cutting off the nose, cutting out tongues. Thus, those in Jerusalem are fearful.

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