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1. After a long and cold winter, what is the first spring flower you watch for? How do you feel when you see it?
2. When was the last time you or your city “danced in the streets for joy”?
3. In contrast to those God destroys (chapter 34), what will happen to the land and people He saves? What does the image of the crocus bursting into bloom convey to you? What does this show you about the ultimate purpose of God’s judgment?
4. What effect will this spring-like salvation have on the people (verses 5 – 10)? When do you think such everlasting joy will come?
5. Are such physical transformations meant to be taken literally, or figuratively (see Isaiah 6:9ff; Isaiah 32:3, 4)? If figuratively, then what does each mean? Might Isaiah have in view the work of the Messiah (see Luke 7:22; John 14:6) and the Holy Spirit (John 7:38, 39)?
6. What pressures are “causing your hands and knees to tremble” now? How might the message of verse 4 bring strength to you? When you have given up trying to reach God, how has He come to you?
7. Is the water of God’s Spirit more like a flooded spring or a plugged faucet in your life now? Why? What will it take to release all the joy of the redeemed in your life?
8. Jesus claims to be “the Way” (John 14:6). What insight does that give you into the meaning of verse 8? How are you doing on this “Highway to Holiness”?
- cruising on auto-pilot
- running out of gas
- stuck in the breakdown lane
- still trying to find the entrance ramp