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God Foretells Destruction

Lesson 1 


Summer 2022


By: RLD Editorial Team 


June 05, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

Closely examine who or what you trust most deeply

Bible Basis:

Isaiah 47:10–15

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Closely examine who or what you trust most deeply

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Music Video, Traditional: “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above”
Music Video, Multicultural: “What a Beautiful Name (Rake & Scrape Remix)” by Rorey Storr
Music Video, Contemporary: “Joy to Be” by Citizens
Guzik’s Commentary on Isaiah 47
JFB Commentary on Isaiah 47
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Isaiah 47

Memory Verse:

15 That is all they are to you—
    these you have dealt with
    and labored with since childhood.
All of them go on in their error;
    there is not one that can save you.
–Isaiah 47:15

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

Ransomware is a crime in which hackers gain access to a victim’s computer network and demand payment to return control to the owners. Victims range from individuals all the way up to huge companies and even entire cities. Part of the agreed-upon arrangement in ransomware, says cybersecurity expert Charles Carmakal, is that hacker gangs promise to abide by the deal and not simply seize control again tomorrow or release embarrassing data even if the victim pays. But as this crime becomes more mainstream, unscrupulous hackers join in, many with no intention of honoring a deal. Carmakal says victims could pay the ransom and yet still see their data leaked. Such unreliable criminals could give hackers a bad name.

The people of Judah in Isaiah’s day had turned to magic spells and astrology to bring them good fortune and protect them from calamity. But the prophet sought to turn them back to the Lord. He delivered God’s warning that soon a disaster would come upon them that they could not dispel with their magic nor ward off with any ransom. All such protections would prove futile and unreliable in the end.


  • Which aspect of computer technology do you like best? Which do you like least?
  • What do you think of the notion of honor among thieves?
  • When have you given up on something unreliable in exchange for more faith in the Lord?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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