- Throughout this passage the Lord is seen acting.
What is he pictured as doing?
How many of these actions were, or can now be, fulfilled in Christ?
Are there some that still await fulfillment, and, if so, why?
- Consider the character of the remnant that the Lord leaves (verses 12, 13).
Compare 2:3; and contrast 2:1; 3:1, 2. Does 3:17 suggest a reason for this change of character?
How is it brought about? Cf. 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 4:24.
Verses 9, 12. To ‘seek refuge in the name of the Lord’ (RSV) is an expressive figure for trust in the Lord’s revealed character. Truly to call him ‘Lord’ means to acknowledge him as such, and to give him the service that is due. Cf. 1 Pet. 3:6a.