Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
1. Isaiah 11:1-2 - For a King
2. Isaiah 11:3-5 - For Righteousness
3. Isaiah 11:6-9 - For Peace
I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
but let them not turn back to folly.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
that glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him
and make his footsteps a way.
I am both provoked and encouraged hearing that you will judge with equity.
We will rejoice in the work of your Son and in the truth of your judgements.
The kingdom is established; the flag is flying. It will never fall, but it is opposed. Our part is to stay true.
How has longing or loss effected you during the Christmas season?
Consider Isaiah 11:1-2 and the longing for Christ the King. How does the character of the king in these verses encourage us as we wait for Jesus’ return?
Consider Isaiah 11:3-5 and the longing for righteousness. Then read John 7:24. Jesus seems to think that Isaiah 11 doesn’t just describe the king, but also the righteousness of the king’s people. How have you seen, or not seen, the righteousness described in Isaiah 11 in your own life.
Consider Isaiah 11:6-9 and the longing for peace. It sounds like a zoo without cages. What do you find compelling about the peace found in these verses?
Consider Isaiah 11:10 and the “signal for the peoples”. Ray Ortlund says, “The kingdom is established; the flag is flying, but it is opposed. Our part is to stay true.” How can we “rally to the banner” of Jesus the King this advent?