- What is the biggest question you have about what God is really like? Why is that issue important to you?
- This weekend at Eastbrook, we are beginning a new series called, “What is God Like?” Our series will draw on the words of the prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament. To get a sense of who Isaiah is, take a moment to read the following passages of Scripture: Isaiah 1:1; 6:1-13; 2 Kings 19-21. What do you learn about Isaiah from these passages?
- Our topic for this week is “The God Who Rules” and focuses on the words of Isaiah in Isaiah 9:1-7. The chapters immediately before this (7-8) tell of the troubles facing God’s people in Judah. In chapter 7, Isaiah brings a word from God to King Ahaz. What is the situation Ahaz is facing (7:1), what is the challenge Isaiah gives to Ahaz, and how does Ahaz respond?
- In the midst of these national and international conflicts, the people of God were unsure of whether God was still trustworthy. They began to turn to idols and demonic powers (8:19-22) instead of Yahweh God. What does Isaiah say will happen in the days to come in Isaiah 9:1-5?
- What challenges do you see currently in your life or our world? How might Isaiah’s words from God speak to these present-day situations?
- In Isaiah 9:6-7, we encounter a description of a child who will come to bring about the changes described in 9:1-5. What does Isaiah say about this child?
- This same passage (Isaiah 9:1-7) is referenced in Matthew’s Gospel. What does the placement of this reference tell us about the promised child (Matthew 4:12-17)?
- How have you grown in understanding the rule of God through this study? Identify one practical way you will respond to this week’s study and sermon. Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.