Zion’s New Name; God’s Day of Vengeance and Redemption (Isaiah 62:1 – 63:6)

Scripture Text:

Isaiah 62:1 – 63:6

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1. Do you know the meanings of your names? For what reasons were you given your first and middle names? What did they mean to your parents? What do they mean to you?

2. What was one of the more exuberant weddings you have attended? What made it so much fun?

3. What is one “blood and gore” movie you have seen? How did you feel during it? How do you feel about fairy tales or movies where the heroes kill all the bad guys?

4. What is God’s intent for His people (chapter 62:1, 2)? What is the relationship between God’s plan for the nations and the restoration of His people (chapter 62:2; see also chapter 61:6, 9, 11)?

5. What does each new name indicate about God’s new relationship with His people (chapter 62:4, 12; see also chapter 60:14, 18)? Why is a new name so important for Zion? What names and words have been associated with her in the past? Why? Why will they no longer be appropriate?

6. What things does the picture of marriage communicate about God’s relationship to His people (chapter 62:5; compare chapter 61:10)?

7. Normally, watchmen were guards who kept a lookout for enemies approaching the city, but what is the purpose of the watchmen in this new Jerusalem?

8. What are these watchmen like (chapter 62:6, 7; compare chapter 56:10)? What are they calling to God for? Why give Him “no rest”?

9. “Edom” (symbol for God’s enemies) means red. What might the symbols used in chapter 63:1 – 6 mean? How is this the flip side of the salvation coming to Jerusalem?

10. What does this picture of God as a warrior add to the other images of God in chapter 62:1 -12?

11. Of the new names God gives to the people He saves, which one means the most to you right now? Why?

12. Do you normally tend to think of God’s relationship with you as that of a bride to her waiting bridegroom? Or a judge to a criminal? Why? How does each picture affect your view of God? Of yourself? What does it mean to you that the bride and bridegroom image is the one He invites us to consider in His relationship with us?

13. Is there anything you want so much that you will neither rest, nor give God rest, until you see it come to pass? What does this mean for your prayer life?

14. How might the prayer to establish Jerusalem relate to the request in the Lord’s prayer, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done”? If you prayed that consistently and sincerely, how might that begin to affect your priorities? Your perspective on life? Your plans? How might it lead you to “prepare the way” for God’s kingdom?

15. Many think God’s wrath is an Old Testament idea. How would you respond to that in light of Revelation 19:11 – 16? How do you feel about this as a description of Jesus (see also Romans 2:5 – 11; 2 Thessalonians 1:6 – 10)?

16. Isaiah 60:1 – 63:6 portrays what the coming kingdom of God will be like. He will include judgment of those who rebelled against Him. It this what you are praying for when you pray, “thy kingdom come”? Why or why not?

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