Date: January 8, 2017

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Isa. 40:1-11 – “Behold your God!”
“Behold your God!” Series, Week 1
Sun. Jan. 8th 2017 - Pastor Stephan
Sermon Outline
I. The Loving Mercy of Our Great God is Stunningly Glorious to Behold (Isa. 40:1-11).
A. God is a Good yet Holy Father who seeks to bring comfort to His people (vs. 1).
Holiness: This is the attribute that sets God apart from all created beings. It refers to His majesty and His perfection of Being.
B. God mercifully provides a means for the pardoning of our sins (vs. 2-5).
C. Through the atoning death of Christ, God’s mercy is exercised to the glory of His justice (vs. 6-9).
II. Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, Tenderly Awaits your Homecoming to Himself (vs. 9-10).
Questions for Study and Reflection
1. Reflect upon the statement, “All human life is warfare”. Do you agree with this? Why or why not? Is there “warfare” of any kind in your life? What is it? Why is it there?
2. Read Isa. 39. Recalling your knowledge of the book (a quick summary skim is a good thing!), what is being prophesied up to this time in the book of Isaiah, and specifically Isa. 39? What has caused this state of events?
3. Read Isa. 40:1-31. Why does Isaiah declare what he does (vs. 1)? What event(s) do you believe he has seen? When will it/they be fulfilled? What stands in the way of Isaiah’s hearers receiving comfort? Why is this so?
4. Explain vss. 2-5. Why does John the Baptist refer to this verse (see John 1:23)? How did God provide pardon to the exiles from Babylon? Hoes does God provide pardon for the future salvation that Isaiah foresees?
5. Explain vss. 6-9, specifically how these relate to human withering and glory and the need for the prophesied good tidings?
6. Reflect upon vss. 10-11. What imagery is being invoked? Why? How do these verses apply to Israel in the time of Isaiah and to ourselves today?
7. Spend some time this week reflecting upon the mercy of God in your life this past year. What event(s) and person(s) come to mind? Why?