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ISAIAH 52: 7-12

THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – APRIL 21, 2004

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How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns”. 8 Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. 9 Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all nations; and all the end of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. 11 Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing; go out in the midst of it, purify yourselves, you who carry the vessels of the Lord. 12 For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go out in flight; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Background Writer: The prophet Isaiah. He was an expert in international relations, was well educated, and was on familiar terms with the ruling courts of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, and was purportedly put to death by being hacked to pieces during the kingship of Manasseh. There is a school of thought that doubts his authorship of chapters 40-66, which is where many of his prophesies are deadly accurate, including those of the coming of the Messiah. Isaiah is the most oft-quoted prophet of the Old Testament in the New Testament, which refers to his book over 250 times. About 740-681 B.C.

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What’s Going On: Isaiah prophesized that the Judaic nation (Zion) would return to captivity (which it did under Nebuchadnezzar for 70 years) and that the Messiah would bring Israel back to the promised land and to bring light to the Gentiles. Some have interpreted this as meaning that God has deemed that Israel will someday be brought back as a nation in the land of Palestine.

St. Matthews Emmaus Groups Facilitator’s Biblical Equipping: Jan-April 2004

ISAIAH 52: 7-12
THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – APRIL 21, 2004 Facilitator Notes: The intent of this reading is to get a discussion going about how we can 1. rejoice in the risen Lord as we have deepened our relationship with Him, and 2. Spread that good news to others. Another call to action to kick off the new covenant! Explore:

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Who is the messenger referred to in v7, and what is he bringing? What does Isaiah want Zion (the Israelites) to do when the messenger comes? Why did God allow the Jews to be enslaved again, after the whole Egyptian (Moses) slavery?

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How does this passage show us to rejoice in the risen lord? How should we approach spreading the good news? Why is it important? How does God have our back when we speak about him?

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Prepare Everyone writes down how they plan to apply the concepts discussed here to their daily life in the ensuing week. We will discuss how that went during Check In next week.