Isaiah 14:28- Isaiah 20

 Sermon Outline:

1.    The fallen Rod of David will rise for the terror of his enemies and the refuge of those called “God’s People”

2.    Foreigners are offered a permanent home in Zion, but will mostly reject it because of pride

3.    Interim fulfillment: Moab’s destruction

4.    God’s strikes on the nations to turn eyes away from idols and onto His Son

5.    The Lord’s invisible hand is at work in the furthest reaches of the world and with perfect timing destroys false hopes and fears and brings multi-ethnic tribute into Zion

6.    God’s typical way of destroying the hopes and fears of the world

7.    David’s multi-ethnic family: the people, the work, and the inheritance of God

8.    Interim fulfillment: Isaiah’s, Egypt’s, and David’s coming nakedness  

Family Discussion Questions:

1.    What was the broken rod which the Philistines were gloating over? Why should they not have gloated? Which story in Exodus is he using to describe this?

2.    Why is Zion a safe place to find refuge? Who can find refuge there?

3.    What kind of refuge were the “refugees” of Moab to receive from Zion’s people? Why did most of them not receive it?

4.    When you examine your heart, which error would you be prone to fall to when you are confronted with your sin: “cost too high” or “cost too low”?

5.    Where in the Moab passage does God “show" that there is no other salvation than in Zion with the Son of David?

6.    Where in chapter 17 is God’s purpose in His dealings with the Nations

7.    What does chapter 18 tell us about God’s “timing”? What is the purpose of this, and what does Paul say about God’s timing?

8.    Chapter 19 gives a regular pattern which God uses to shame the fears and hopes of cultures and nations which do not know Him. Which can you point out, and how has God used these to refine your hopes and dreams and fears?

9.    The second half of Chapter 19 is shocking. Can you list the blessings of believing Egyptian, Assyrian, and Israelite people in the days after the Messiah comes? Which of those blessings is one you regularly treasure? Which ones have you tended to neglect?

10.  Which are the three “interim fulfillments” in chapters 14-20? Can you describe the purpose of “interim fulfillments?”

11.  In what way does the nakedness of Isaiah and Egypt demonstrate our need for the Gospel of Christ?