I’ve always liked climbing trees. Old Mr. Connor had some apple trees that we used to climb up and eat apples until we were sick. There were hawthorn trees in our backyard that we kept climbing, even though the thorns on them would puncture our skin and we’d run into the house crying. There was a maple tree in our front lawn that was smooth and tall and a favorite place to climb. I don’t know why but for some reason, climbing into that tree, I always imagined that somehow I was narrowly escaping alligators or lions that were biting at my heels. Weird, the stuff that goes through a kid’s head.
In Isaiah 61 God says that He wants to make us into ‘oaks of righteousness’. Wouldn’t it be great, that all of us be ‘safe places’ for those who need refuge.
Isaiah 61 Study Questions
- Explain how God works in a person’s life, from birth to death and beyond. How does this ‘God thing’ work?
- How does Jesus ‘bind up the broken-hearted’ or give ‘freedom for the captives’?
- What would being an ‘oak of righteousness’ look like in your life?
- Could there be ‘ruined cities’ around you that God would have you help repair?
- What ‘garments of salvation’ are you wearing?