1. The Israelites had taken the Covenantal promise and the language of separation and interpreted them to mean the message of salvation and restoration was meant for only them. But this is counter to the reality of the Scriptures.
  2. This text arguably contains the clearest teaching concerning the bodily resurrection from the dead in the Old Testament.
  3. This is an extremely important chapter and it speaks to the motif of DEATH and RESURRECTION in a powerful way.
  4. The LORD your God is one—He is your LORD. Therefore, you may/can/shall live as His child, and this is what that looks like!
  5. The full effect of the Law had been visited upon God's people, but now the LORD will remember His people and return them to the land of promise and to Holy Jerusalem.
  6. A little or a lot, great is the joy of the child of God for the meaning of life is not defined by stuff, but rather by the cross.
  7. God will establish justice and righteousness even in the midst of the most uncertain and evil times. This we know because of the hope based upon the promise.
  8. Man and woman together are complete. Apart, they are incomplete. The two correspond and form “one flesh” when combined in sexual relationships and as helpmates.
  9. This complaining is a rejection of the LORD and all He has done to rescue them, guide them, and provide for them as He leads them to the Promised Land.
  10. The “Lamenter” does not ask to carry out the vengeance/action himself, rather He trusts the LORD God to take care of business.
  11. We have a Servant who stands in/is a substitute for Israel. This is the One who will atone for the sin of Israel—even the sin of the whole world.
  12. The text gives beautiful imagery of the “waters of life” and how they will transform the dead and barren and bring new life.

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