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Grace Speaks

Isaiah 43:1-28, Andrew Love, May 13, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Re-reading v1-4
    • These are extremely comforting words for the believer
    • "You are mine"
    • We know the Lord is ours
    • We are precious in His sight
  • Context:
    • We must not take the passage out of context
    • We must also consider the wider context of the whole of the Bible
      • The link between the Old Testament and the New Testament
        • The Doctrine of Redemption
        • The Doctrine of Adoption
        • The Doctrine of Providence
  • Overview:
    • Grace Speaking (v1-7)
    • A Sad Response (v22-24)
    • Grace Speaks Again (v25)

Grace Speaking (v1-7)

A Contrast

  • A Contrast
    • Notice v1 starts "but now"
      • 42:24 - Israel was not living according to God's law
        • They were idolatrous
      • 42:25 - God's anger was to fall upon them
    • Such sweet words from God
  • This contrast appears in later chapters in Isaiah
    • Is 43:27-28/44:1-2
  • There are many contrasts in the Bible
    • Romans 1
      • God's wrath is revealed from heaven against all wickedness
      • God gives people up the life they want to lead - to their lusts
      • God warns the religious hypocrites
      • "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of the Lord"
    • Romans 3:21
      • "But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed"
      • Jesus the sinless one will take our sin and provide a righteousness from God
      • Have you put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ?

The Doctrine of New Birth

  • v1 - A chosen nation: not speaking about physical creation -
    • From Abraham, taken out of Egypt and established in the Promised Land
      • v7 - The people are made for Himself and for His glory
      • He chose them
    • What about the Jews now?
      • Jesus taught people that His Kingdom was coming now
      • God's nation and Kingdom is made up of all people all over the world
      • God's Kingdom is made of those who are born again, regardless of where they are or live or worship
    • God has redeemed us
      • We need not fear
      • We are God's holy nation, a priesthood

The Doctrine of Redemption

  • God redeemed Israel with an outstretched hand
    • Judgment grieves God's heart
    • The Passover and the angel of death
    • The Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ
      • Sin shall no longer have dominion over us
      • We are under grace
      • We need not be fearful

The Doctrine of Adoption

  • I have called you by my name and you are mine
    • Personal Example
  • He adopts us and makes us His very children
    • None of God's children are natural children, they are all adopted
    • Adoption is a wonderful thing
    • God adopts us

The Doctrine of His Providential Care

  • v2 - Example of the Israelites escaping Egypt and going through the Red Sea
    • Example of Daniel and his 3 friends delivered from the fiery furnace
  • v5-7
    • There is nothing to fear in God
    • Do you know a God as gracious as this?
      • There is nothing special in us
      • God loves us with an unconditional love
  • Our responsibility to live in the light of this grace
    • Eph 5:1-8
    • The grace of God must not be abused but is a wonderful gift for living

A Sad Response (v22-24)

  • Israel had stopped speaking to God
    • God had called Israel by name but they had stopped speaking to God, praying to Him and calling on His name
    • Has this happened to us?
      • Do we call upon Him?
      • Do we live in our own strength?
      • What is our attitude when we come to church?
      • Are we being blessed by the word?
  • Israel¬† had not brought the required sacrifices
    • They could not do the basic things?
    • Has this happened to us?
      • Are we sacrificing?
  • Israel were burdening God with their sins
    • What a terrible thing for the believer?
    • Are we glorifying God or sinning against our bodies?
    • Are we living sinful lives before God?
  • A terrible response from Israel towards God's grace

Grace Speaks Again (v25)

  • God blots our out transgressions and will not remember our sins
  • There is always hope in God


About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 43:1-28

1But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. 4Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. 5Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; 6I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; 7Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. 8Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. 9Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. 10Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. 12I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. 13Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? 14Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. 15I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. 16Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; 17Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. 18Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 20The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. 21This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. 22But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. 23Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense. 24Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. 25I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. 26Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. 27Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me. 28Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches. (KJV)


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