Advent: The Light of the World – Lesson 2

Isaiah 60 Lectio Divina (Lectio in groups)

 Lesson 1, Chapter 59 of Isaiah, ended with these words:

“The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins,” says the Lord.  “And this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Lesson 2 continues with the words from Isaiah 60, which is a further depiction of this covenant promise.

We recommend that you use a journal or notebook to write down the various parts of the exercises.  You are encouraged to record your thoughts, reflections you have, any questions that arise, and the ways in which God speaks to you through these scriptures.  Please share any insights that you think might be helpful to others.

LectioRead Isaiah 60Highlight all the references to light.  List everything that is coming to Jerusalem.

MeditatioRead verses 10-22.

  • Highlight the words that describe what the new Jerusalem will be like.
  • What place does the temple have in this description?  Why is this significant?
  • Read verses 2, 10b, and 15.  Note the contrasts in these verses.

OratioRead verses 16b through 22 as a doxology of praise to God.

ContemplatioRead the chapter again, this time focusing on the promises of God.  Close your eyes and imagine the scene that is described.  Give glory to God for his mercy and faithfulness.