This morning as I was stepping over underwear in the bathroom and clothes on bedroom floors I thought, “Maybe we should change the names of these things, maybe we should call the surface we walk on ‘closet’ and call the shelves where teenage boys place their folded clothes ‘floor’. Change the names, maybe that’ll change where the clothes end up! I doubt it. Switching names or even giving something a new name probably won’t change much. Christmas introduces a name that changes everything. Isaiah 9 gives us a name for the child born in Bethlehem and there has never been a more powerful name. It’s a name that has power to change people’s lives, relationships and the world! Real change, from the inside out! Bring it on! Now only if I could find a solution for the laundry…
Isaiah 9 – Study Questions
1. Describe one of your family Christmas traditions.
2. Is there significance to the places named in verse 1: ‘the land of Zebulun’, the land of Naphtali, Galilee’. Do some homework, see if you can figure that out.
3. What about the names in verse 6, what special power might they hold?
4. Does it mean anything to you that Isaiah, at God’s prompting, predicted these things 700 years earlier? Does that help or hurt you?
5. v. 7 “of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end”… What does that promise do for you?