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Hope in God's righteousness

Isaiah 51:1-16, Andrew Love, August 12, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • Evangelical
    • Romans is to the New Testament as Isaiah is to the Old Testament
  • Chapter 51
  • The word righteousness comes up a lot
    • It is linked to the doctrine of salvation
    • God has provided a righteousness for us in Jesus Christ
    • v1, v5
    • God's righteousness is not far from us
    • v6, v7
  • To understand the main theme of the passage - look for repeated words
  • The word righteousness is full of rich meaning
    • Explanation
    • All you will find in the person of Jesus Christ
    • It is our need and the need of a nation
  • Isaiah is prophesying 200 years into the future (chapters 40-66)
    • God will restore the remnant
    • The nation will see it
    • Now is the time to restore the city - v17, 52:1
  • During the 70 years of captivity there was none to guide Israel
    • v18
    • God will bring them back - cf Psalm 126
  • The people felt they were under the judgment of the Lord - v20
    • How do we feel this morning?
    • Do we feel in Psalm 23, do we feel as though we have lost our way, do we feel under discipline or captivity?
    • If so:
  • Look at v1-8
    • Look back (v1-2)
    • Look forward (v3-6)
    • Face the present (v7-8)

Look back (v1-2)

  • Reading v1-2
  • The people were is disarray in Babylon
    • Look back to the beginning of the nation
    • Look back to Abraham and Sarah
    • Look back to the rock from which you were hewn
    • Look back to his faith in God
    • Look back to were he came from (the family of Terah)
    • Look back to the miracle child Issac
    • Look back to how God was faithful to His promises and grew the nation
    • Look back to how God brought them out of Egypt
    • Look back to Joshua and David
  • As Christians today we can have all sorts of worries
    • Look back to the Cross
    • Look back to Jesus Christ
    • Look back to the history of the Church
    • Remember God is the same God today
    • Remember your origins

Look forward (v3-6)

  • Reading v3
  • There will be thanksgiving and the joy  of melody
    • It will be like Eden and Paradise
    • Partially fulfilled [in history] but ultimately this passage speaks of heaven
    • A direct application for the Israelites
  • Isa 35:1-2
    • Reading v1-2
    • Is there fruit in your life or a barren wilderness?
    • Do you know the fruits of the Holy Spirit?
    • God is able to change your heart
    • God is able to take away the anger, bitterness, sighing and sorrow
    • God can save many souls
  • Psalm 126
    • Reading v1-6
    • The Lord can do mighty things
  • We need to look forward to better days
  • Look at the promises to the nations
    • v4-5
    • 53:1 - "the arm of the Lord" - the Lord Jesus Christ
    • v11
    • 52:9-10
    • v5
      • The Righteous Servant
      • The four servant songs
  • What are we living for in the comfortable life we have?
    • Examples
    • O that we would know and live for the Lord Jesus Christ
    • v6 - don't live for the temporal but live for God

Face the present (v7-8)

  • Reading v7-8
    • Temporal things will decay but eternal things remains
  • How do we face the present?
  • Listen to God - v7, v1, v4
    • The first thing
    • By having a meek and humble heart
    • Listen to His word
  • Be realistic about the present
    • Pray for the government
    • Pray to live a quiet life
    • Proclaim Christ to others
    • Jesus said there will be trials, division and conflict because of the gospel
    • Think how UK society has changed - examples
    • Do not fear the people - God is greater
    • Example of 10K race
    • Example of the apostle Paul

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 51:1-16

1Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. 2Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. 3For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. 4Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. 5My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. 6Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. 7Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. 8For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation. 9Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? 10Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over? 11Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. 12I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; 13And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? 14The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. 15But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name. 16And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people. (KJV)

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