THE LIGHT: Isaiah 9:2-7

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SCRIPTURE

Isaiah 9:2-7 
The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
    you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
    as with joy at the harvest,
    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
    and the staff for his shoulder,
    the rod of his oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. 

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 

DISCUSSION

1. Study through Isaiah 9:2-7 together. What stands out to you and why?

When the Bible speaks of us walking in darkness, it means both evil actions (injustices and sin in general) and ignorance (inability, accidents, or lack of knowledge).

2. In what ways do you see Isaiah’s words, the people who walked in darkness, still ringing true today?

Christmas first announces that though we were made to walk in the light with God, humanity as a whole walks in darkness. At our best, we’re stumbling; at our worst, we’re exploiting.

3. What did the people in Isaiah’s day do in order to dispel the darkness (Isaiah 8:19-22)? What was the result as they “inquired of the mediums and necromancers” and “looked to the earth” to fix the worlds problems? What can we learn from this? 

4. How does Isaiah promise God will dispel the darkness of sin and evil (Isaiah 9:2)?

5. What clues are there in Isaiah 9:6 about what this Light will look like? 

6. What will this Light bring about (Isaiah 9:3-5, 7)? What darkness that you’ve experienced will you be freed from when Jesus comes again, shining in full force? 

GOOD WORD

Christmas is the beginning of the end of sin, the beginning of the end of death, the beginning of the end of suffering and ignorance and evil. All that is dark has it’s days numbered because the light of the world has come.

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