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Sunday Scripture Reflection: Isaiah 40:1-11

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

On this Second Sunday of Advent, we will again reflect on the words of the prophet Isaiah to the people of God, however, this time the Jewish people are still in exile in Babylon. Our theme is once again centered in the Hope that comes from the Word of God and in trusting the righteousness of God. This week, as we hear "Second Isaiah," that hope is set in the context of ongoing challenges and disappointments of life.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of the prophet Isaiah. The Scripture passage may be found by following this link: (Isaiah 40:1-11).

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

  • After reading the assigned Scripture lesson for this week, reflect on the following: How were Isaiah's words comforting to the Jewish people in exile? and, how can God both punish and love? What are "words of comfort" for you, from the assigned Scripture?

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on a difficult time in your life, where everything seemed can the prophet's words "be the anchor" in difficult times?

  • After reading the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the last sentence of the author's statement, and consider what the final words mean in your life: "God will arrive and will come in gentle power."

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