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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "Hope"

Sermon Overview:
Writing during a time of God’s judgement upon Israel through the invasion of Assyria, Isaiah prophecies that a king will rise up to deliver Israel from her oppression. The coming king will bring light where there was only darkness, and joy where there was only burden. Having an eternal governance over His people, this king will be a king like no other, and nothing less than the LORD Himself will bring about His purposes through the promised king.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is the significance of Zebulun and Naphtali, as presented in the passage, and how does the LORD’s inclusion of these cities in His plan to bring about a future king better illustrate His character?

2. CJ mentioned that every Christian ought to care about redemptive history, because it’s our history as the people of God. How does the historical context of Isaiah 9 concerning Uzziah, Ahaz, and Assyria change how you understand the passage?

3. The coming king is identified as a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Which one of these titles most resonates with your personal relationship with Christ, and why?

4. CJ talked about how Isaiah’s inclusion of the phrase “to us” makes his prophecy deeply personal to modern-day readers, as well as the book’s original audience. How does God’s promises being “to us” affect your faith? Your evangelism?