Sermons on Isaiah
Where did we get the idea…?That reason and feelings are reliable guides? God reminds us that his thoughts are sky-high above ours.Human beings are very, very, very smartJust not very wise Isaiah 55:8-9 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,So are My ways higher than your waysAnd My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:10-11 10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,And do not return there without watering the earthAnd making it bear and sprout,And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;It will not return to Me empty,Without accomplishing what I desire,And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it
We are on a Mission.The Way is our Good ShepherdThe way of:– Love for all– Self-sacrifice– Peace– Unity Go forth and plant congregations and save the lost. Expect trials along the way. Isaiah 6:8 Isaiah’s Commission 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah 6:3 3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,The [a]whole earth is full of His glory.” 1 Peter 1:16 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” Revelation 4:8 8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night [a]they do not cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who [b]is to come.”
Isaiah 11 The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring 11 There shall come forth a [a]Rod from the [b]stem of Jesse,And a Branch shall [c]grow out of his roots.2 The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,The Spirit of counsel and might,The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. 3 His delight is in the fear of the Lord,And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,And decide with equity for the meek…
Rather you, than me 1.Demands great physical and mental stamina 2.Excessive investment –Years of work. –Long distances –Controlled Diet 3.Punishing toll –Injuries –Hours alone Could be doing something else 4.For what? –A medal –Fame –Money –Personal satisfaction Spiritual Endurance 1.Demands great physical and mental stamina. •Struggle against the devil •Excesses of this world •Staying focus amidst constant distractions 2.Excessive investment –2Cor.12:15—“I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls.” –Mt.19:21—“Sell all and give to the poor…come follow me”…
God is not silent •The Witnesses speak Isaiah 1:18 (NASB) “Let Us Reason” 18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”Says the Lord,“Though your sins are as scarlet,They will be as white as snow;Though they are red like crimson,They will be like wool.
Why bother? •The task is too big •Stories of failure abound •How many ex-Christians, ex-preachers, ex-churches…do you know? •Lots of bad guys •Lots of rip-offs •Lots of disappointments Isaiah 55:11 (NASB) 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;It will not return to Me empty,Without accomplishing what I desire,And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Part 2: 2nd Sermon in the Series on God’s Ways, God’s words will never return to him empty. Isaiah 55:11 (NASB) 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;It will not return to Me empty,Without accomplishing what I desire,And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Part 1: Man’s ways and God’s way are two totally different things. Why are they different and how do you cope. Isaiah 55:8 (ESV) 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.