A Savior is promised

December 13, 2015 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Born to Save

Topic: Christmas Scripture: Isaiah 9:6–9:7

A Savior is promised
Isaiah 9:6-7
The promised Savior is a counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:6–7 — 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

1) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; 9:6a.
How does what Isaiah says in 9:6-7 relate to what he says in 9:1-5? How does this promise of a child/son fit with the storyline of Scripture? (i.e., the promise after Adam & Eve sinned the offspring of the woman would crush the head of the serpent, the promise to Abraham, to David). Discuss in light of Luke 1:30-33.

2) and the government shall be upon his shoulder, 9:6b.
Are there any problems with world governments today? ? How does God’s promise of a Savior who will rule all give us hope?

3) and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, 9:6c.
Discuss what these four “names” of the Savior say about his nature and character. How do each of these qualities describe God’s provision for us in the Savior?

4) Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, 9:7a.
How is the Savior presently preparing his kingdom (see John 3:3, 5; Colossians 1:13)? What does Isaiah’s description of the Savior’s rule fulfill God’s purpose in saving us?

5) to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. 9:7b.
Jesus said that a characteristic of his disciples is that they hunger and thirst for righteousness. Why is this significant in light of Christ’s fulfilled kingdom?

6) The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. 9:7c.
What does this verse say about what will not and what will bring about the promise of a Savior and of a kingdom of everlasting righteousness and peace?

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