Here are some questions I have on Isaiah 50:4-9a, the Old Testament reading for Palm Sunday, 14 April, 2019:
- What questions do you have of this text?
- This text talks twice about God’s will in verses 4 & 7. What can you learn about what God’s will might be from the words of this text?
- What kind of situation does it sound like this person is walking into – something good, dangerous or something else?
- From what you read in verses 7-9a, why can this person go into that situation? What gives this person the courage to do that?
- Who do you think this text is talking about? What gives you that impression?
- Why do you think this text is has been selected for the reading on Palm Sunday?
- If you read this text from the point of view of Jesus, what might it say to you about him? How does it fit with the beginning of the week before Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection?
- if you read this text from your own point of view, what might you hear it saying to you?
- What good news can you hear in this text? What is God promising to do for you? How might that make a difference in your life?
Let me know if you have any additional thoughts or question on the text in the comments below. I’m always interested in your perspectives on the text…