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There is only One
Isaiah 40-66 is often called the Book of Comfort as it reveals the rescue God desires to bring to His people through His Messiah. It is comfort and a deliverer that would come in a package that would surprise Israel- and still surprises us today. Isaiah reveals a King that will wear justice like a cloak, act with mercy, and restore what people have broken. He is a King that proclaims that He is the one source of life, hope, and salvation for those who would name themselves the People of God.
No Longer Forsaken
In the last sermon of the Isaiah series we will look at how we all carry labels, sometimes from our birth, sometimes stuck to us by situations or people in our lives. The people of Israel also had a label, and not a pretty one: "forsaken." We are going to look together at what God promises to do about these labels, and how he can deliver and change us from things that do not have to define us for the rest of our lives.
In Isaiah chapters 56-59 God reminds Israel that He never wanted nor asked for the machinery of religion. Rather- a life of true worship, fasting, and prayer is lived out of humble and contrite hearts which reflect the redemptive character of God.
The Messengers of God
Isaiah 40-66 tells the story of how the God of the whole earth was about to intervene to deliver and restore His exiled people before the eyes of the watching nations. This was good news and it needed to be told, not least to Israel. But we should also ask: what does this teach us about “Evangelism” today?
God Redeems and Restores His people
Mother's Day reminds us of both the joy and the complexity of family relationships. In Isaiah, God speaks to His people in passionate words of both tenderness and pain, promising that just as a mother cannot forget her own child, so He will not forget His people.
No Other Gods
Isaiah shows us not only who God is in terms of His power, greatness, majesty and sovereignty - but also how this mighty awesome God is moved to compassion for a stubborn, disobedient and obstinate people. His heart throbs with forgiveness and mercy and He longs to restore His people and bring them back to Himself. And He extends His lovingkindness and offer of salvation not just to wayward Israel but to us as well. How will we respond?
Isaiah 42, a New Song
Isaiah writes words of comfort, hope and expectation to a people who had plenty of reasons to feel hopeless. Their future was unknown, their present reality was as a people in exile, and yet Isaiah not only reminds them of who their God is, but also shows them how God is doing a new thing- and they are called to be part of that.
Comfort my People
We begin this new series halfway down the road—actually at a turning point in the road. Israel is a failed vineyard. The land has been devastated, turned over to briers and thorns. The people have been taken into exile. Then suddenly a wonderful word is heard: Comfort, comfort my people. A new day is dawning, a new world is coming to light. But first they need to learn a crucial lesson about their God—and perhaps we do too.