These Bible study lessons are designed to complement the myriad of study guides and plans
available today. Through them, we hope to introduce sound study methodology, build a strong foundation of knowledge from which you can
build and integrate a more coherent and comprehensive understanding of God's word and theology.
By 600 B.C., through unending unfaithfulness and covenant infidelity, the nation of Israel (now split into Northern and Southern
Kingdoms) was reckoned to have irretrievably broken the Mosaic Covenant; they were to be expelled from the Land. With Nebuchadnezzar's
destruction of the Temple and unable to make atonement, how will God's people ever possess their inheritance of the Promised Land?
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1. Learning about a biblical author provides context to his perspective of God's word. Use a Bible dictionary to look into the prophets
Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. In this instance, notice their historical background: when and where did they exist and what is happening
to the kingdom they are prophesizing to? It is significant to observe that God used these three prophets to reveal His New Covenant that
replaces the Old Covenant that the people broke and could not keep.
4. Who is associated with the New Covenant (Ezek 37:21-28) and what is its significance?
Notice that Isaiah develops the concept of the righteous sufferer as the Suffering Servant (Isa 42:1-7;
53:3-8); what is its significance?
5. Within the context of the New Covenant (Isa 61:8-9), what does God love? Use any
resource that can help you parse the meaning of that term. How does this help you a glimpse into the relationship between the Old and New
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