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Isaiah 55:1-13, Andrew Love, October 7, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Opening Illustration
    • How would you cope if someone in your family divorced
    • Example
    • The Samaritan Woman - John 4 who lived in Syca
    • Jesus deliberately met this woman
      • He spoke to her - he knew her heart
      • He gave her an unconditional offer of eternal life and living water
      • This is the Gospel
  • Isaiah - the gospel text
    • Isa 53 - Particular redemption
    • Isa 55 - the free offer of the Gospel to all people
    • Both of these must be held hand in hand
  • Isa 55
    • Reading 55:1-2, 6-7
    • Paul uses these verses to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ
      • There can be no doubt that these are gospel verses
  • Overview:
    • An Invitation
    • A Response
    • A Promise
  • Consider first last week's memory verse: Isa 53:6
    • We have all sinned
    • Example of deceit, a bad or unkind word, always loved God
    • Example of the Samaritan woman had fallen into the temptation of looking for satisfaction in relationships
    • Example of Zacchaeus
    • Example of King Saul
    • Each person discovers that this way does not lead to peace or satisfaction
      • v2
      • Have you not found the words of Jesus Christ true?
      • Things of the world do not satisfy the soul

An Invitation

  • Who is invited? - Everyone who thirsts
    • Isa 54 - is about the Gospel going out to the Gentiles (not just the Jews)
      • Reading 54:1-3
    • 55:5 - the nations are invited
    • The Christian Gospel must go to all lands and all people
  • He who thirsts
    • There are many who have no desire for and reject God
    • Some are stirred up
    • You are not to do 'work' but come to and trust in Christ
    • It is a wonderful free and unconditional offer
    • Consider the parable of the Wedding Banquet
  • Have you come to Jesus?
    • Is He your personal Saviour?
    • Is He your personal Lord?

A Response

  • You must believe
    • That He is
    • That He rewards those who seek Him
    • That Jesus is your solution to sin
    • The record about Jesus Christ
  • v2 - Listen carefully, open your ears and hear
  • v6 - Seek God
    • Example of Spanish ship laden with gold
    • Are you seeking Him?
    • Do you see Him as greater treasure that anything in the whole world?
    • Have you sought Him with your whole heart?
  • v6 - Call upon God
    • Cry out to Him
    • Don't worry about the words you will use
    • Hold onto the promises of God
    • God is near in the preaching of His word - He is not far from any of us
  • v7- Come with a repentant heart
    • No one who has ever found salvation has continued in sin in the same way
    • If you love sin you have not been converted
    • You must repent of and turn away from sin
    • Sin described in terms of way and thoughts
    • Forsake your sin - the Spirit of God will help
    • God sees into your heart and knows us through and through
    • Turn from your sin and turn to God
  • Will you believe and repent?

A Promise

  • He will abundantly pardon
    • He delights in mercy
    • Do you believe that God loves to save sinners and change hearts?
    • Do you believe that all your sin will be forgiven?
    • Do you believe that Christ forgave all those who requested forgiveness?
    • Do you believe in justification by faith?
  • His promises
  • Think of the prodigal son
  • Think of the Samaritan woman
  • I am the bread of life
  • v2d - God wants us to know joy and rejoice
    • Do we really desire God?

Closing Remarks

  • Exhortation: Trust in God - while you have time
    • Do not drift
    • While He is near - call upon Him and He will abundantly pardon you

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 55:1-13

1Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. 6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. (KJV)


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