The King and His People
Topic: Exposition Scripture: Isaiah 11:1–11:11
The King and His People
Rise of the King (v.1)
Righteousness of the King (v. 2-5)
Reign of the King (v. 6-9)
Rule of the King (v. 10)
Disciplship Group Questions:
- As a group, read Isaiah 11:1-10. What do you remember most from the teaching
- In your opinion, why is it impossible for any human government to make good on their promises to achieve a perfect society? Why are Christ's promises different and better than theirs?
- How does Isaiah 11:1 relate to Isaiah 53:2? How does Jesus fulfill both verses by his humble birth and absence of physical splendor?
- Reread Isaiah 11:1. What is the significance of the image of a shoot coming up from the stump of Jesse? In what ways is it easy for us to underestimate what God is doing in the world when we judge by what we appear?
- Reread Isaiah 11:2-5. Identify which aspect(s) of the Spirit of the Lord that is most needed in your life, right now-The Spirit of wisdom, understanding, comfort, strength, knowledge or the fear of the Lord? Upon identify which aspect(s), take the time to pray for one another concerning what you identified as your greatest need.
- How do you understand the promises of Isaiah 11:6-9? Do you see a description of the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 19:11-15) here? Or could this be the eternal state [new heavens and new earth] (Revelation 21)? The problem with the first [millennial reign]: there seems to be no end mentioned in the text, the millennial reign of Christ will have an end (some think 1,000 years); the problem with the second [new heaven and new earth]: how can there be infants in the eternal state? Talk, discuss, enjoy! (PS-please know, there is no clear nor concise answer).
- Reread Isaiah 11:3. What does it mean to delight in the fear of the Lord? How does these words seem contradictory? In what specific ways does Jesus harmonize these words and make the fear of the Lord delightful?
- Reread Isaiah 11:6-9. The Kingdom of the Branch will be different from our world today-why is this so significant? Take time to imagine and share your own version of a "perfect world". What would it entail? Would it looks like Isaiah 11:6-9. Why or why not?
- Reread Isaiah 11:10. Who is the root of Jesse and how will that “Root" stand as a banner for the peoples? In what specific ways does the promise that “The nations will look to him [Jesus] for guidance, and his [Jesus] resting place will be glorious" help you with your own fears and anxieties that you experience today?