SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
December 8-9, 2018
2 Samuel 7:8-16, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 11:1-5, Mark 10:46-52
Get To Know You
1) We are well into the season of Advent. What is your favorite part of the Advent season? How has your Advent observance changed over the years?
Into the Text
2) Read 2 Samuel 7:8-16. God said to David, "Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me, your throne will be established forever." Why do you think God made such a huge promise to David?
3) Most - but not all - Christians affirm that the promise made to David was fulfilled in Jesus. Do you agree with that? Why or why not?
4) Read Isaiah 9:2-7. What stands out for you in this passage? Why?
5) Is the vision expressed in these verses fulfilled in Jesus? If so, why is there still war, evil, etc.?
6) Read Isaiah 11:1-5. Why do you think the prophet speaks about "a shoot from the stump of Jesse" as opposed to naming David specifically?
7) Isaiah says, "He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears" (11:3). How, then, will he judge? Could a human being do what is described here?
8) Read Mark 10:46-52. How do you think blind Bartimaeus knew to refer to Jesus as "Son of David?"
9) In the story of Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" Reflect on how you would answer Jesus' question. How would you respond if Jesus asked you, "What do you want me to do for you?"