Introduction: We have come to the end of our study of Isaiah. Isaiah
knows how to make a great ending to his book! He ends with a picture
of God’s final judgment and the reward of the righteous in the earth
made new. Let’s plunge into our study of Isaiah 65 and 66 and learn
about our future!

  1. The Choice

    1. Read Isaiah 66:1. Are we expected to build a resting place
      for God?

      1. What problem would we face in building a home where
        God could sit down and put up His feet? (God says our
        earth is His “footstool!” He is too big and too
        powerful for us to consider making a home for Him.
        The implication is that He would instead build a home
        for us.)

    2. Read Isaiah 66:2. What kind of person “trembles” at God’s
      word? (Someone who takes God’s words very seriously. God
      says, “I am the Creator of everything. What basis do you
      have for arrogance when it comes to Me?)

      1. Do most people today “tremble” at God’s word, or do
        they expect God to conform to their wishes, desires
        and expectations?

        1. How about you – do you accept those parts of the
          Bible that you agree with – and reject those
          that you consider inconvenient or wrong?

          1. If God’s word conflicts with your culture,
            which do you follow?

      2. What point is God making when He talks about us
        building a home for Him and trembling at His word?
        (God wants us to understand the proper relationship
        between Him and us. We cannot give God anything
        (except our hearts). However, many humans believe
        that they are in charge, they make the rules or
        decide which rules to follow, and they give God the
        respect they think He is due. God tells us that true
        reality is not like that.)

      3. What kind of person does God esteem? Would you like
        God to hold you in esteem?

    3. Read Isaiah 66:3. How can presenting God with a grain
      offering be like sacrificing pig’s blood to God?

      1. Does God want pig’s blood? (Pig’s blood would be an
        abomination to God. See Deuteronomy 14:8.)

      1. What message is God trying to teach us in verse 3? (I
        think God says that these people count it all the
        same – whether they sacrifice to God or kill a
        person. Offering pig’s blood is just as good as
        making a proper offering. God’s directives have no
        influence on them. Another potential meaning of this
        verse is that these people do terrible things and
        think that offering the proper sacrifice makes up for
        it. No need to worry about sin because you can just
        sacrifice afterwards. Whichever is the best
        interpretation, these people do not take God’s word

      2. Have you heard the teaching: “All choices are equally
        valid. What is important is that you respect the
        choice of others.” Is that the logic which God
        condemns here?

      3. Consider the flow of God’s argument. He tells us
        about the proper relationship between Him and us.
        His power is way beyond that of us little humans.
        Then He explains what He is looking for: humans who
        take His words very seriously.

    1. Read Isaiah 66:4. What is the end for those who pay no
      attention to what God says? (God will bring on them what
      they dread might happen.)

      1. What do you dread?

      2. Why would God bring such a harsh result on them?
        (These are people who are God’s enemies. They are
        glad to oppose God. They delight in it. They are not
        innocent bystanders in life.)

  1. God’ New Invitation

    1. Read Isaiah 66:18-19. Where does God go with His message
      that has been rejected by those who want to follow their
      own desires? (God’s glory is proclaimed to all nations.
      Compare Acts 28:25-28.)

      1. Why would God go to others?

      2. Read Isaiah 65:1-4. What reason does God give here
        for going to others?

    2. Read Isaiah 65:5. What kind of spiritual state do these
      people claim? (They claim that they are better than
      others! God rejects those who are spiritually arrogant and
      disobedient. What an awful combination.)

    3. Read Isaiah 66:20-21. God not only goes to these “others,”
      but He selects priests and Levites among them. What does
      this mean? (That God now selects spiritual leaders from
      those who are His “extended family.” Isaiah predicts that
      the gospel will go to those who are not Jewish. It will go
      to those who are willing to listen and obey. Those
      willing to listen and obey become leaders in God’s work.
      Compare Revelation 5:9-10.)

  2. God’s Reward

    1. In Isaiah 65:2-12 God speaks of the rebellion against Him
      and His punishment for rebels. God then discusses His
      reward for the faithful. Read Isaiah 65:14. How is your
      life today? Would you like more joy? Do you know what it
      is like to have so much joy in your heart that you just
      feel like singing?

    2. Read Isaiah 65:17. What is the reason for all of this joy?
      (God has created a new heaven and a new earth.)

      1. When we speak of “heaven,” is that our eternal

      2. Read Revelation 21:1-3. Where will we ultimately

        1. Where will God ultimately reside? (Between
          Isaiah and Revelation we see that God will
          create a new earth where the redeemed will live.
          God will bring to earth His “Holy City” – the
          New Jerusalem. God will live with us on the
          earth made new.)

          1. Why, of all places in the universe, would
            God choose to live with us? (Earth was the
            center of the conflict between good and
            evil. Jesus gave up His life for us here.
            God’s new capital is located at the site
            of His victory.)

    3. Notice that Isaiah 65:17 says the former things will not
      be remembered or brought to mind. Is that good? Why?

      1. Read Isaiah 66:22 & 24. How can you reconcile Isaiah
        66:24 with Isaiah 65:17? (One major reason the former
        things will not come to mind is that we are enjoying
        our new world so much. Another reason is that the
        thought of loved ones who were lost would be painful
        to us. In some wonderful way God erases the memory of
        loved ones who were lost while keeping the issues of
        the rebellion before us.)

        1. Why would God want to keep the issues of the
          rebellion before us? (God went through this sin
          mess with us because He gave us free choice. I
          cannot imagine that choice will be taken from us
          in the earth made new. Thus, it is important to
          God (and to us) to keep the results of rebellion
          before us so that we will continue to choose

    4. How can we know that we will not suffer sadness because of
      the loss of our loved ones? (Read Isaiah 65:19. God says
      that weeping and crying are a part of our past.)

    5. Read Isaiah 66:22-23. What is the day of worship in the
      earth made new? (Sabbath worship of God continues even in

    6. Friend, you have a choice. God invites you to take His
      words seriously, repent of your sins and accept His free
      offer of salvation. The reward of the redeemed is a new
      earth and life eternal with our Father.

  3. Next week we start a new quarter and a new series of lessons
    entitled “Religion in Relationships.”