Understanding the Scriptures
|Shaft (v. 2)||Arrow|
|Quiver (v. 2)||Container for arrows carried on a person’s belt or back|
|Nought (v. 4)||Nothing|
|In vain (v. 4)||For no good|
|Preserved (v. 6)||Saved alive|
|Gentiles (v. 6)||Those who are not members of the family of Israel|
|Despiseth (v. 7)||Looks down on, dislikes|
|Abhorreth (v. 7)||Hates|
|Desolate heritages, desolate places (vv. 8, 19)||Empty places|
|Way(s) (vv. 9, 11)||Roads|
|Afflicted (v. 13)||Troubled|
|Sucking child (v. 15)||Baby fed at a mother’s breast|
|Graven (v. 16)||Engraved|
|Make haste (v. 17)||Hurry|
|Waste (vv. 17, 19)||Destroyed|
|Go forth of thee (v. 17)||Leave you|
|Ornament (v. 18)||Decoration|
|Narrow (v. 19)||Small|
|Swallowed thee up (v. 19)||Conquered you|
|To and fro (v. 21)||Here and there|
|Standard (v. 22)||Banner, flag, ensign|
|Prey (vv. 24–25)||Captured (Prey is commonly used to describe what an animal captures for food.)|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Isaiah 49.
Look for Items That Teach You about Jesus Christ
Choose verses in Isaiah 49 that you think sound like they describe Jesus Christ—His ministry, His power, or His love—and explain why you chose the verses you did.
An Important Addition
The basic theme of Isaiah 49 is the gathering, or the redemption, of Israel. Find a verse (or verses) that answers the following questions about the redemption of Israel: Who? How? Why? Write these questions in your notebook and write the verses that apply after each question. You may also want to underline these verses in your scriptures and write what question each verse answers in the margin next to the verse.
Remember that while we often speak of the Israelites gathering as a group, we should realize that the gathering occurs as each individual is personally gathered to the Lord and His Church. We can look at the gathering of Israel out from among their enemies in ancient times as similar to our own personal gathering to the Lord from the captivity of sin and unrighteousness.
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