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Isaiah 11:1-10 Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

On this Second Sunday of Advent, we will once again hear from the prophet Isaiah. Our Scripture lesson is filled with the hope that comes from faith in God's righteousness and God's promise to bring wholeness to God's people through leaders who hear and follow God's mission of mercy and love. The lesson describes the faithful leaders and goes on to describe the "peaceable kingdom" of God that will be realized. We will discuss what the transition to this "peaceable kingdom" might look like, and how we might act as God's children to bring out God's plan on earth.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Isaiah 11:1-10).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the Scripture lesson for the week. Consider that the prophet Isaiah is describing a new type of leader for the Jewish people, how might his prophetic message been received? What do you think it means when Isaiah says, "the new leader will judge by righteousness rather than by what his eyes see or what his ears hear?"

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below and reflect on the image of the "peaceable kingdom" described by Isaiah. What are your thoughts about the image of the restoration of Eden...prey and predator living together?

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect on the author's challenge to not be "stuck in the traditions of the past." How does tradition both help and challenge us to understand what God is doing in the world?

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and consider the prophet's image of a new branch shooting up from the stump of what was before. Reflect on this question: "Consider what areas of our lives most need the promise of new life, and how we might become open to such newness."

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