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He will remember you

Isaiah 49:1-16, Andrew Love, March 11, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Opening remarks
  • Overview:
    • Who will He remember?
    • When will He remember you?
    • How will He remember you?

Who will He remember?

  • Answer found in Isaiah 49
  • A servant song
    • He was coming into a world of much rejection
    • He was coming to win victory
    • He would be upheld by His Father
    • He would set His people free
      • v12 - both people near and far (the Jews and the Gentiles)
  • "Yet I will not forget you" (v15)
    • He will not forget His people
    • These are the covenant people of God
    • The children of God are those redeemed by God
  • Do you belong to the people of God?
    • Have you come by faith to God?

When will He remember you?

  • (He will always remember His people)
  • The context:
    • The people of God are facing imminent invasion
    • Isaiah is prophesying to a time 200 years in the future
    • Many of the Israelites had died
    • Many of the Israelites had lost hope
  • In this context God says 'I will never forget you'
    • Consider Lamentations
    • There are times that seek to overwhelm us - but God is not with us any less than in the good times
    • Isa 41:8-10 (God promises comfort)
    • At these bleak times we need to take hold of the promises of God (the "I will")
    • Isa 43:1
    • Consider the example of Mary
    • Example of hymn
    • We have every reason to look to and trust the Lord
  • Trials and tribulations are not a sign that God has left us
    • Heb 13
      • Our High Priest is sympathetic
    • Let us call upon God and trust Him
    • 1 Pet 1:7
    • v14 seems to be a cry of unbelief - yet it is the true cry of a godly heart (Psalm 13:1-2)
    • Psalm 42:9,11
    • Christ was tempted in all ways (yet was without sin)
      • He can render aid to the believer
  • God will remember you in the depths

How will He remember you?

  • Example of the strong maternal bond
  • God remembers us with a love that is deeper than the love of any human
  • Words of Solomon and David
  • How has Jesus loved us?
    • John 15:9
    • God's love towards His Son
    • Jesus' love towards us
  • He loves us with a love deeper than a lovers mother
    • If God will not forget us - how come we forget Him?
    • If He loves us so much - why do we not love Him?
  • v16 - we are inscribed/engraved on the palms of His hands
    • God is branding Himself because of the depth of His love for us
    • Example of the hymn
    • Once His, we are forever His
    • Example of Calvin and hymn
  • Should we ever doubt His love?
  • v16 - we cannot forget the wounds in Jesus' hands
    • A Lamb slain from the foundation of the world
    • Jesus lifts up His hands and God remembers us
    • Christ's hands intercedes for us
  • v16 - God sees things that do not exist now as though they do exist
    • We are secure in God
    • God's walls of salvation surround us
  • How we will respond?

Closing Remarks


About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


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