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When there is no blessing

Isaiah 58:1-14, Andrew Love, December 9, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Church attendance is on the decline
    • The vast majority have no idea of the worship of God
    • Of those that attend, how many are true believers or nominal Christians?
  • Isa 58 - people that attend church/religious observance is a must for them
    • Their hearts were far from God and they needed to repent
    • God was not listening to their prayers
    • There was a distinct lack of blessing in their life
  • Overview:
    • Absence of Blessing
    • Promise of Blessing
    • The Means of Blessing

Absence of Blessing

  • They have a superficial observance
    • They have no blessing
    • They are in exile
    • They accuse God of not seeing
  • The Lord brings a charge against His people
    • They are continuing in sin
      • Denying yourself (e.g. Lent, coming to church) does not bear weight with God
    • The problem is sin
  • It is not due to a lack of God's ability or that God cannot hear (59:1)
    • The problem is inquity and sin (59:2)
    • God will not hear your prayers:
      • If you cherish sin in your life - Psalm 66:18
      • If you turn away from hearing the law - Prov 28:9
      • If you pray selfish prayers - James
    • It is no good bowing your head and putting on sackcloth unless your hearts change
  • An absence of blessing due to cherished and unrepented sin

Promise of Blessing

  • A new day dawns (after repentance) - v8
    • No longer cut off but fellowship
    • God turns His face towards His people
    • You will see a time of restoration and blessing
  • The Lord will hear and answer - v9
    • 2 Cor 7:10-11 – The Church repented
  • God gives a promise of blessing to His people
    • v11 - Explanation
    • v12 - Explanation
      • This rebuilding might be within the Church
      • This rebuilding might be personal
  • v10

The Means of Blessing

  • Righteous living - v6
    • Explanation
    • Live justly and in the fear of God
    • Avoid the negative
    • Do the positive - v7
    • Then the blessing shall come - v8
    • Remove false accusations and true accusations with a critical spirit - v9
  • James
    • 1:26
      • Not saved by works, saved by faith alone in Jesus Christ
      • We are saved for works
    • 2:14-17
    • 3:10
    • 4:11
    • 5:4-6
  • The Sabbath – v13-14
    • The original Sabbath is not the same as the Lord's day
    • There are strong transferable principles
    • Explanation
  • These blessings flow from the Cross
    • Jesus paid for all of our sins on the cross
    • We trust this alone for our salvation
    • Our blessings come from our relationship with God through Jesus Christ
  • Challenge:
    • Have you found this relationship with God?
    • Are you a distance from God, repent of your sin?

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 58:1-14

1Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. 2Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. 3Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. 4Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. 5Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? 6Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. 9Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 10And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: 11And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. 12And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. 13If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. (KJV)


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