Throughout John’s gospel, he gives us glimpses of the glory of Jesus Christ, the Rescuer, the Redeemer, the Savior that was promised in the Old Testament. Today as we walk into Passion Week, we see that Isaiah gave similar glimpses of Jesus’s glory 600 years before the Incarnation. Isaiah reminds God’s people in 66 chapters of a number of things. First that man is sinful and deserves judgement. But he also shares that God promises to REDEEM His people from this judgement, both Jews and Gentiles. How? Isaiah prophesies that God would do the work Himself, through the Messiah, a mighty King and a Suffering Servant. Today, Monday, April 15, 2019, in this passage we see some of the prophesied miraculous signs which would reveal this Redeemer when He came. Jesus Himself reads the words of Isaiah’s prophecy on the Sabbath in Nazareth and says it is fulfilled in Him in Luke 4 (attached below). He also encouraged John the Baptist and his disciples in Matthew 11 (also attached below) that He was fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy by Word and by action. Jesus is the long awaited one, the LORD’s Chosen Servant. Kim
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ Isaiah 42:1-9 ]
Behold my servant, whom I uphold,my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. 5 Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:
_ What are some of the characteristics of the “servant” described in verse 1?
_ Who is working with the servant? What is His role?
_ What kind of “splash” would this servant make when He entered on the scene in verse 2?
_ How does that line up with the text from Luke 4?
_ What recurring theme/role of the servant do you see in verse 1, 3, and 4?
_ Who or what is waiting for the law or justice?
_ How do you see God’s power to accomplish this justice in verse 5?
6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. 8 I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. 9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
_ What is God’s plan to accomplish the justice mission? Who is the “you” referring to in verse 6?
_ How is this “you” equipped once called?
_ What are some physical signs that would point to the servant from verse 7?
_ How do those signs relate to the Matthew and Luke passage above?
_ Summarize verse 8 - what is the goal?
_ What “new thing” might Isaiah be referring to in verse 9?
_ How does this passage show a glimpse of Jesus’s glory?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)