Joy in the Lord
Read - Isaiah 51:3, Habakkuk 3:18, 1 Thessalonians 1:6
As we come to church this morning, reflect on our week reading through Isaiah 60 and the good news it brings. There is a strand of joy and delight woven throughout the entire chapter. Consider what that means for you, and pray God impresses it onto your heart as we gather to worship together.
Glory to God
Read - Isaiah 60:21-22, 1 Timothy 1:17
What is the ultimate purpose or endgame communicated in Isaiah 60:21? What does the righteousness of God’s people point towards? What does their inheritance magnify? Reflect this morning on what our future hope and God’s promises have to do with God’s glory.
Light of the World
Read - Isaiah 60:19-20, Revelation 21:23, John 1:1-9
For Israel, and most today as well, all of life revolved around the schedule of sun and moon - night and day. Isaiah writes of a time in which our lives will no longer be governed by celestial spheres, but by the light and presence of God himself. How does such a strong “light” theme in the prophets speak to John’s writing in chapter 1? What do you make of what he has to say about Jesus?
Peace at Last
Read - Isaiah 60:17-18, Romans 14:17-19
Every empire that ever existed stayed that way through violence and force. God’s kingdom will reign in peace, and His people will know peace for ages to come. Such peace will not be maintained by ongoing and continual devastation, but by the transformation that God brings. How do we, as believers, pursue such peace in the present? Is it possible that doing so would give others a glimpse of things to come?
Read - Isaiah 60:15-16, 1 Peter 5:10
God’s people have no doubt struggled through years of oppression and hardship. What sort of hope does Isaiah cast here? What shall hatred and forsakenness be replaced with? How will they know that the Lord is their Savior and Redeemer?
From Every Direction
Read - Isaiah 60:4-7, Philippians 2:10
Isaiah says people shall come from all over, naming regions to the South, East and North. God’s praise will not be limited to the Jews in Jerusalem but will extend far beyond its borders. Such praise will manifest in the way the world turns to the Lord and His throne as never before. How does Isaiah’s imagery connect with what Paul has to say to the Philippians?
Arise and Shine
Read - Isaiah 60:1-3, 2 Corinthians 3:18
These verses set the stage for a chapter about the future glory of God’s people. Despite a world marred in darkness, Isaiah calls out for the city of God’s people to “arise and shine.” What is the source of this transformation? What does it mean to say we will behold the Glory of God?