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Thursday, 09 February 2012

TWO PROPHECIES ON JESUS’ VIEW OF THE POOR AND OPPRESSED

A Bible Study on Economic Justice

By Jim Jordal

CONTENT: READ ALOUD THESE TWO PROPHECIES BY ISAIAH AND MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS:

(1) "There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. (2) The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (3) His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; (4) But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. (5) Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist."

Isaiah 11:1-5 (NKJV)

(46) And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord, (47) and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. (48) For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. (49) For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. (50) And His mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. (51) He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imaginations of their hearts; (52) He has put down the mighty from their thrones; And exalted the lowly. (53) He has filled the hungry with good things; And the rich He has sent away empty.

The Magnificat of Mary, Luke 1:46-53 (NKJV)

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:

ISAIAH’S PROPHECY:

  1. Who is being spoken of? How do you know?
  2. According to verses 3 and 4, what criteria will the Rod or Branch use to judge the earth?
  3. Think of some ways that Christ might "judge" the poor should He appear on earth today (v. 4).
  4. How might the earth be struck with the "rod of His mouth"?
  5. How might Jesus slay the wicked with the "breath of His lips"?
  6. Do these passages present the Jesus we commonly hear about? Why, or why not?

MARY’S PROPHECY (THE MAGNIFICAT)

  1. What are some "imaginations of the proud" that Christ will scatter?
  2. What could possibly occur to "put down the mighty from their thrones"? Is this happening anywhere today?
  3. Are the lowly being exalted anywhere on earth? If so, where, and how?
  4. Are the hungry today being "filled with good things"? If so, what?
  5. Is Mary speaking of good things spiritually, or of good things materially for the poor?
  6. What might Mary mean when she says Christ will "send the rich away empty"?

GENERAL QUESTIONS:

  1. These two prophecies were uttered over 1,000 years apart by vastly different people. What similarities
  2. do you find in them?

  3. Using what you know about Christ and Christian history, to what extent do you believe these

prophecies have already been fulfilled? What do you think is still to come?

PRINCIPLES FOR CONSIDERATION:

  1. Jesus is not all sweetness and light! He also stands for and promises righteousness and justice in political, social, and economic arenas.
  2. Christ's earthly millennial kingdom will bring these benefits to earth. Meanwhile, we are to teach and administer justice, truth, and mercy wherever possible.

REFERENCES: James 5:1-6; Isa. 32:16-17; Isa. 49:8-9; Isa. 61:1-3; Matt. 6:19-33