Sunday, January 14, 2024

Isaiah 35

Starting Out:
1. Share a time when you found refreshment in a difficult situation or season.

Read Isaiah 35:1-4:
2. The return of God’s people from exile is cast as a second exodus. How is the wilderness mentioned here different than the wilderness of Exodus 15:22 or Deuteronomy 1:19?
3. What is the relationship between hoping in God’s salvation and living in fear?
4. What are the ramifications of God’s vengeance and recompense working on behalf of his people?

Read Isaiah 35:5-7:
5. Are the prophesies of physical healing literal or metaphorical?
6. Why does Isaiah go out of his way to highlight water and growth in desolate areas?

Read Isaiah 35:8-10:
7. A highway might seem like an odd detail to some. What is the significance of a path made for the righteous to walk?
8. Unclean people and predatory animals are not permitted to walk the Way of Holiness. Why might these details matter to people in exile?
9. How has Jesus generally fulfilled the promises found in this passage? How has he fulfilled these promises in your life?

Taking it Home:
10. What challenges are causing you to feel weak and shaky? Which promise of God makes you feel strong? Which promise takes away your fear?
11. How are you doing on the way? Cruising toward your destination? Running out of gas? Broken down on the shoulder? Still trying to find the on-ramp? How can the group help?
12. When do you think unending joy will come?

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
John 14:1-6, Acts 3, Jeremiah 17:5-8