Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Isaiah 9:1-7. Grace for the Gloomy.

Discussion Question - Isaiah 9:1-7. Grace for the Gloomy.

1. Isaiah 9 presents a very gloomy world. It is not only a world in darkness (v. 2), but also a world where there is visible oppression (v. 4) and violence (v. 5). Is our world different? Why or why not?

2. Isaiah gives us permission to see that things are not the way they are supposed to be. However, there can be pressure to hide our brokenness and shy away from the gloom in the world. What are some of the ways that you have done this? 

3. Read Isaiah 9:2. What does Isaiah tell us will happen to this world in gloom? Who are the recipients of these promises?

4. Estonian artist Mati Karmin’s specialty is known for making unique furniture out of recycled naval mines. One of his pieces is a naval mine that has been recycled into a baby carriage. What are the connections between what Karmin has done and what Isaiah tells us will happen in the end of verses 4 and 5? Compare with Isaiah 2:4.

5. Isaiah envisions the day where there will be no more darkness, oppression, and violence. Instead there will be light, freedom, and peace. How does the season of Advent remind you of this?

6. Jesus is pushing through the world of gloom. He has planted the Garden of His Kingdom in this gloomy world and it has already begun to bloom. As we celebrate Advent, what hope does that give you?