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Trusting in God's Servant

Isaiah 50:1-11, Andrew Love, July 15, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • A passage of great contrast: tremendous severity but great tenderness
    • e.g. v10 & 11 - explanation
  • Great hope and great tenderness, but also great severity
    • e.g. v1 - where is the guilt for your transgressions?
      • The God who judges sin and rebellion
    • e.g. v4 - tenderness
      • The God who gives a word to the weary
  • The passage is about Jesus Christ
  • Severity contrasted with tenderness
    • What is your view of God today?
      • Is He only a God of love with no holiness?
    • Jesus is there to give hope to those in darkness but also to judge in righteousness
  • Overview:
    • v4-7
    • v10

The Servant with a word to him who is weary

  • v4: weary
    • A whole nation can be weary of prolonged war, of its politicians, of society, abuse of the poor, injustice, crime, domestic violence, etc
    • Are you weary of personal issues: life, wounded, disappointment, lost job, ill-health
    • A guilty conscience:
  • Isaiah knew that God's people would be weary in Babylon - cf 40:11
    • 40:29-31 - He gives strength to the weak
    • This promise is not just for the people of Babylon but us also
  • Isaiah prophesies about the coming servant - 4 Servant Songs
    • 42:1-3: Jesus is not abrasive but strengthening
    • 42:6-7: Jesus' ministry is to free people from the chains and weariness of sin
  • Jesus said that His yoke was easy and His burden light
    • He will give us rest and peace
    • Think of Zacchaeus and the woman of ill repute
  • Jesus had a word for the weary
  • If you feel weary:
    • John 14:1-4 - Jesus is praying for us and preparing a place for us
    • John 14:16-18 - God's Spirit will come to us and not leave
    • John 15:9-11 - Jesus loves us, as God the Father has loved Him
    • John 16:33 - Jesus gives us His peace

The Servant with a life of listening

  • v4: Why should he need to be a scholar and learn?
    • He limited Himself as a man
    • He put Himself in a place of learning as He grew up
    • He was given the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge - Isa 11
    • He listened to and learn from the Father
    • He subjected Himself to God the Father
      • John 5:19, 8:28-29, 8:40, 14:10
  • Jesus received and was taught by the Father
    • Jesus always knew how to speak and spoke the truth
    • Jesus was in constant prayer with His Father
    • Jesus listens to His Father

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 50:1-11

1Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. 2Wherfore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst. 3I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering. 4The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. 5The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. 6I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. 7For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. 8He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me. 9Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up. 10Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. 11Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow. (KJV)

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