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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


Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 49:1-16

1Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 2And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; 3And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 4Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God. 5And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 6And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. 7Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. 8Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; 9That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. 10They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. 11And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. 12Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim. 13Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. 14But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. 15Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. 16Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. (KJV)


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