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WEEK TWELVE: RESTORATION

Prayer:
 

O come, O come Emmanuel. Lord, I pray that You would bless me with Your knowledge and Your wisdom. When I experience things I do not understand, help me to rest in Your unchanging goodness.
 

Your ways are higher than my ways, and Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. And I praise Your great name because of Your love. I thank You that even in times of struggle, You are working for my good. Give me a hope for the future, and may I never forget Your loving grace.

Amen.

WEEK TWELVE | DAY ONE

 

READ:  Isaiah 9:1-7; 11:2-10


JOURNAL: Write your initial thoughts on today’s reading. What words or phrases stuck out to you? What questions do you have about what you read?

LEARN: During Israel’s moment of desperation, with war knocking on their gates, the prophet Isaiah foretells of a child who will be born in the line of David whom God will place on His throne forever. This king will rule with wisdom and with peace, and the Lord will be with Him always. Isaiah was one of the earliest prophets to prophesy about the coming Messiah – the great light of Israel.

 

RESPOND: Isaiah talks of a great light shining in the darkness, which is a reference to the star that the magi follow to find the baby Jesus after His birth. Go outside this evening and spend 5 minutes looking that the stars.

  • What lights do you see?

  • What are some lights, whether real or metaphorical, that God has placed in your life to help guide you closer to Him?

  • Are there other “lights” in your life that distract you from the light of God?
     

WEEK TWELVE | DAY TWO

 

READ: Isaiah 24-27


JOURNAL: Write your initial thoughts on today’s reading. What words or phrases stuck out to you? What questions do you have about what you read?

  

LEARN: Israel’s exile from the promised land was a horrific event, and it terrified God’s people. They assumed that God would blindly protect them from any threat regardless of how they treated His commands. He called them to be a blessing to all the nations, but the Israelites neglected God’s word. Because of this, God needed to discipline His people. He chose to correct them in order to draw them back to their original purpose.

RESPOND:

  • Being disciplined is never a pleasant experience, even when we know we are in the wrong. And yet, a parent disciplines their children out of love and not hatred. In the same way, God corrected the Israelites because of His great love for them.

  • Can you think of a time when your parent/guardian disciplined you? What was the discipline? What lesson(s) did you learn from the experience?

WEEK TWELVE | DAY THREE

 

READ: Isaiah 40-43


JOURNAL: Write your initial thoughts on today’s reading. What words or phrases stuck out to you? What questions do you have about what you read?

 

LEARN: There is a clear pivot point in the book of Isaiah between chapters 1-39 and chapters 40-66, with the former being written before the exile and the latter being written after the exile. In this shift, God comes to His people now speaking words of comfort. They had been severely disciplined, but God never stopped loving the Israelites, and He certainly did not intend to abandon them. And in His love, God offers them hope for their future!

 

RESPOND:

  • God demonstrates His love in the ways that He frees His people from exile and brings them back to the promised land. And this great act of redemption is attached to Isaiah’s new revelation about the messiah and the final Kingdom of grace and peace that He will create when He comes.

  • Can you remember when you first heard about God’s love and grace?

  • Did someone tell you about Him, or did you have an encounter with Him on your own?

WEEK TWELVE | DAY FOUR

 

READ: Isaiah 51-55


JOURNAL: Write your initial thoughts on today’s reading. What words or phrases stuck out to you? What questions do you have about what you read?

 

LEARN: Since the beginning, when Adam and Eve first sinned, God has been working for the redemption of the world. Sin is separation from God, and we are all affected by it, which is why we are all in need of God’s grace. And from the beginning, God knew that Jesus was going to come to earth to die for our sin. This is why the prophets are able to speak about Him centuries before His birth. It is all a part of God’s good plan for the world.

 

RESPOND: Redemption is a major theme throughout Isaiah’s book, because redemption is a major theme of God’s
work in the world! 

  • What are some of the ways that God promises to restore His people?

  • How relevant do you think Isaiah’s words are for modern believers?

  • Where else have we seen God’s redeeming work so far on our WORD ALIVE journey?

WEEK TWELVE | DAY FIVE

 

READ: Isaiah 61; 65


JOURNAL: Write your initial thoughts on today’s reading. What words or phrases stuck out to you? What questions do you have about what you read?

 

LEARN: God’s ultimate plan for the world is to redeem His people and clear away all sin and brokenness. This is what we are promised for our eternal life with God in Heaven. There will be no more tears, no more shame, and no more brokenness. Instead, we will only experience God’s goodness, and it will be perfect like it was in creation. But we are all called to make a choice about whether we put our trust in Jesus or something else. Because, as the prophet wrote, there are eternal consequences for our sins.

 

RESPOND: consider your own choice: have you put your trust in Jesus or are you trusting in something else? In response to today’s reading, you are  encouraged to pray these words from Psalm 139: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

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Church of the Saviour United Methodist is a multi-generational Christian congregation serving Montgomery, Blue Ash, and other communities in the northern region of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

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Church of the Saviour United Methodist​

8005 Pfeiffer Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242

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