These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Isaiah 61: A Garment of Praise for a Spirit of Despair

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Isaiah.

When Jerusalem was destroyed, some people contemptuously nicknamed her "Zion for whom no one cares" (Jer 30:17). She was utterly despised and alone. But God is the only one who can delete the indelible and heal the incurable. In this chapter we see his healing and restorative work through his servant. The healing depicted here is as long as time and as wide as the created world, and we can have a part in it as well.

Warming Up to God

Think of a time you felt like an outcast. Who or what brought you comfort?

Read Isaiah 61

Discovering the Word

  • Summarize the transforming ministry of the Lord's anointed servant in verses 1-3.
  • What is the significance of each metaphor in verse 3?
  • How do verses 4-9 depict Zion's transformed situation?
  • How are the two metaphors for righteousness found in the delighted outburst of song in verses 10-11 appropriate?

Applying the Word

  • How do verses 1-3 encourage you in areas of personal need?
  • There is a strong emphasis in this chapter on "righteousness" (vv. 3, 10-11) and "justice" (v. 8). How can you take a stand for justice this week for the glory of God's name?

Responding in Prayer

Pray for the poor, the broken-hearted and prisoners.

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Luke Luke

by N. T. Wright and Patty Pell

With a scholar's mind and a pastor's heart, N. T. Wright guides us through the New Testament book of Luke, showing how we can particpate in Luke?s story by making it real in our own world. Twenty-six sessions for group or personal study.