Discussion Questions

  1. This passage describes both a new life for exiled Israel under Babylonian captivity and ultimately a picture of the new heaven and new earth after Jesus returns. What do you get excited about when you think of Jesus’ return and Him “making all things new?” Does anything scare you?
  2. How can we guard ourselves from being so heavenly minded that we are of no use to earth or so earthly minded that we are of no use to heaven?
  3. The big picture of Isaiah 40-66 is how God wants Gentiles (non-Jewish people) in the kingdom and He does this through the sacrifice of Jesus in Isaiah 53. This is known as a ministry of reconciliation and God asks all of us to join in this ministry. Who are you praying for and encouraging to join the kingdom of God? How are you living out the ministry of reconciliation?