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God Stoops

Isaiah 57:14-21, Luke 15:11-24, Andrew Love, October 28, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Focusing on v15
  • It predisposes...
    • The existence of God
    • That this God can be known
    • That He dwells with people
  • This verse applies not only to the backslider but also the person who has never known God
  • Man's fundamental problem is unbelief - the suppression of truth
    • God has placed eternity in the hearts of men
    • This is why people think there must be something more
    • This is why we yearn for a higher being
  • We are an evolved lifeform
    • God cannot be quantified or qualified - He is invisible
    • Some say we are nothing but a higher animal
    • Think of what humans have: language, self-reflection, reasoning, a capacity to worship
    • Humans are so different to the animals
    • Think of how we treat our dead vs animal instincts
    • Think of how we understand good and evil
  • There is a vast difference between an animal and a human being
    • v15 tells us we have a God who wants to know us and dwell with us ...
    • ... for those who have a contrite heart and a humble spirit
  • The verse in context is a verse for a greatly back-slidden Israel
    • v3 - sorcery and witchcraft
    • v6-8 - worshiping idols and lewdness
    • v14 - God says things need to change
    • v16 - God gives His people a great promise, despite their terrible wickedness and unspeakable evil
      • God would send them prophets to warn them of their sin
      • God would not be angry with them forever
  • Overview:
    1. Who is God?
    2. How can He be known?
    3. What must I do?

Who is God?

  • He is the high and lofty one
    • He is not like one of us
    • He is not a god of our imagination
  • The Bible points you to a transcendent God, of which the gap between God and man is infinite
    • There is nothing outside of God
  • His name is holy
    • Isaiah speaks of the holiness of God
    • Isaiah's glorious vision in chapter 6
  • God is not like us
    • There is so much unknowable about God
    • He is majestic
    • He is holy
    • He is absolutely just
    • He hates and disdains all that is evil
    • He is perfect
    • He is so different and distinct from us - yet mysteriously we are made in His image
      • Examples
    • God is a Father 
    • God is the Father and the Son
    • God is a triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
    • He is omnipotent - God can do anything
    • He is omniscient - God knows all things
    • He is omnipresence - God is everywhere
      • But He dwells in the high and holy place
      • But He dwells with man
  • God is love
    • It is a holy love
    • It is a righteous love
  • We can know God
    • He has forgiven sin
    • His heart beats for us

How can He be known?

  • If there is an infinite gap between God and man, how can He be known?
    • God has bridged the gap
    • Isaiah was prophesying of the Messiah
    • God has sent His only Son to bridge the gap between God and man
      • He came in the person of Jesus Christ
  • Jesus Christ:
    • We need to be careful about limiting God
    • He performed many miracles and met many people
    • He went to the cross
  • We can know God only through (the finished work of) Jesus Christ
    • To those who have a contrite and humble spirit
    • Jesus said - "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs in the kingdom of heaven"
    • To those who have repented of their sin

What must I do?

  • I must repent
    • Personal
    • Nation - examples
      • Example of Israel v8
    • The people of God
  • I must repent of my sin - whatever it is
    • To look to Jesus
    • To return to God
  • The parable of the prodigal son
    • cf v18
    • Explanation
    • Become like a servant
    • God will embrace you with loving arms
  • Do not spurn the love of God
  • v19-21
    • A wonderful gospel promise
    • A warning

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 57:14-21

14And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people. 15For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. 16For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. 17For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. 18I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. 19I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. 20But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. (KJV)

Luke 15:11-24

11And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. (KJV)


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