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No peace for the wicked

Isaiah 59:1-8, Isaiah 57:19-21, Andrew Love, December 2, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • v19-21
  • Days of rejoicing - a baptism and a wedding
    • My heart wants to continue in the theme of rejoicing
    • Compelled to preach on v19-21
  • Not an easy text to preach on - a difficult text to preach on
    • Quote from Solomon
      • He knew that human beings rarely face their mortality
      • Eat, drink and be merry
      • People need to consider their eternal soul and a funeral does that
    • Do people really believe they are sinners?
      • Unless we speak on texts like this - how will people know they are sinners?
  • Consider what it means to be restless, sins of the human heart, the verdict God gives
  • Overview:
    • The reasons for no peace
    • The verdict
    • The way of peace

The reasons for no peace

  • Sin - examples
  • Envy, discontent:
    • This brings a troubled heart
      • It can bring spite
      • It can eat away at people
      • The soul is restless
      • They may wish the downfall of others
      • Example of King Saul
    • God has appointed all things for us - He is sovereign over all our life
      • We are content
      • We may be given some trials to refine us
  • Certain sins may take hold of us
  • Greed:
    • The waters stirring up the mire and dirt (v20)
    • Think of the very rich profiting at the expense of the poor
    • The poor can also be greedy
    • Example of King Ahab
      • Are we restless?
    • Example of CEO of betting company
  • Anger:
    • Are you angry at others, the world, yourself?
    • We are not talking about righteousness anger
    • Anger leads to bitterness
    • Today we need anger management courses
      • The real need is for the heart to be dealt with
      • The real needs is for forgiveness of sin
    • Example of Cain
  • Lust:
    • Inner turmoil
    • Depression and sadness often accompanying it
    • Sexual
    • Food
    • Pleasures
    • The cravings are never satisfied
    • Example of the Samaritan woman
      • Only Jesus can satisfy
  • Selfish Ambition:
    • Are you pushing ahead?
    • Are others heart in the process?
    • It can be found in the church
  • The wicked are like the restless sea
    • Isa 59 - a foretaste of Romans 3
      • It describes the human condition at its worse state
      • v3-8
    • Example of knife crime in London, gang culture, domestic violence
    • Wickedness is on every hand but we have God's restraining grace
      • When that restraining hand is removed - terrible things happen
    • Not just open rebellion
      • Secret sins
      • God says there are only two camps - the wicked and the righteous
      • Each person who has turned away from God, not repented of the sin - in God's eyes are wicked
      • Those who have trusted in Jesus Christ are considered righteous by God - they are clothed in the righteousness of Christ

The verdict

  • "There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked" - v21
  • God makes this declaration twice
    • v21
    • Isa 48:22
  • No reconciliation or pardon but condemnation
    • God will not be indifferent about sin
      • All sin is deeply offensive and contrary to what God is
    • God's anger is a settled anger
    • God's wrath is revealed from heaven
  • There is no peace of the wicked
    • God knows the heart
    • The wicked may prosper, but they will never know peace

The way of peace

  • The solution - in Jesus Christ there is peace (v19)
    • A prophecy
  • God makes peace between sinners and Himself
    • God sent Jesus Christ to make peace between God and man
    • Jesus has come to lay down His life on a cruel cross
    • Jesus has come to make peace between those who repent and God
  • Jesus invites all to come to Him
    • He offers His peace
      • He is the Prince of Peace
    • He protects us in the palm of His hand
  • Do you know the peace of God?

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 59:1-8

1Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. 3For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. 4None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. 5They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. 6Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. 7Their feet run to evil, and they make hast to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. 8The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. (KJV)

Isaiah 57:19-21

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)

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