The God Who Restores (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “The God Who Restores.”

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the longest journey that you have ever taken?
  2. This week we are continuing to explore “What is God Like?” by looking at Isaiah 49:1-13, and the ways that God leads us on a journey of restoration. Read that passage out loud to start your study.
  3. In the first three verses of Isaiah 49, the prophet paints a picture of the identity of the speaker, who is the “Servant of the Lord.” What are we told about this person in those verses?
  4. In verse 3, we read that this person will be called, “my servant, Israel.” Originally, Israel was a name given to Jacob when he was set apart by God (Genesis 32:22-32). Later, Israel became the name of the new nation that descended from Jacob. That nation’s history is one of God calling and human failing. What does Isaiah tell us about the failings of the nation of Israel in Isaiah 48:1-11?
  5. Returning to Isaiah 49:3, Isaiah is telling us that the Servant of the Lord will be a new, perfect ‘Israel’ to fulfill God’s plans for the earth. What is the ‘weapon’ God is giving His servant according to 49:2? What is the significance of this?
  6. What is the goal of the Servant’s task, according to Isaiah 49:5-6? What does this tell us about God’s intention for the world? (You may want to read Genesis 12:1-3 as further background.)
  7. Verse 4 shows us that the Servant’s pathway to accomplish God’s goal will not be easy. What do you see in this verse about the Servant’s task and approach to it?
  8. The end result of the Servant’s work is seen in 49:7-13. Take some time to list off what God will do through the Servant.
  9. Isaiah 49 shows us that God intends to restore His people by sending a perfect ‘Israel’ as the Messiah. We encounter that perfect ‘Israel’ in Jesus the Messiah. Read Luke 4:14-21 to get a glimpse of Jesus’ intention to restore His people.
  10. 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.

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