a) Verses: List the verses’ numbers for this study and begin to write down a short phrase or a single
word from each verse that will remind you what is happening in that verse.
1) Cyrus anointed by God
2-3) God will bring him victory
4) for Jacob's sake
5-6) no other God
7-8) I have created all things
9-10) don't quarrel with maker
11-12) God created earth
13) He raises up Cyrus
14) God will bring victory over Egypt & Sabeans
15-16) idol makers put in their place
17) Israel will be saved
18) God created earth to be inhabited
19) God declares truth
20-21) What I have declared will happen
22) turn to me
23) no word revoked
24) in the Lord alone is righteousness
25) descendents of Israel righteous in the Lord.
b) Divisions: For each division, write a short, but complete sentence describing the key action and
character in that division. Keep your sentence factual as opposed to spiritual.
1-4) The Lord calls Cyrus as His instrument.
5-12) God is the Creator, don't argue with Him.
13-25) God will bring victory to Cyrus to prove His righteousness.
c) Subject Sentence: From your divisions, combine the central thoughts into a subject sentence of 10
words or less. This must be a complete sentence with a subject and verb.
God proves His power and sovereignty by raising up Cyrus.
d) AIM: Find the compelling motive of this passage that would cause you to change your life.
Cause my audience to understand the righteousness and sovereignty of God - do not contend
with His plans.
e) Applications: Go back and look at your divisions. Generally, you should try to write at least one
application for each of your divisions.
1. For what purpose has God raised you up?
2. How has the sovereign hand of God been revealed in your life?
3. In what ways are you futility trying to argue with God?
4. How can you be found righteous in the eyes of God?
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