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THE RAGE AGAINST GOD
In Isaiah 26-27. There is a rebellion. It’s not just the rebellion of some minor King against the king of Assyria, the rebellion that took his main focus off Jerusalem long enough for the Rabshekah to abandon his post and go back to Assyria and get himself killed. There is a greater rebellion. It is the rebellion of the King of Assyria against the King of the Universe. Isaiah calls it ‘raging against God’. The Psalmist recognises it too in Psalm 2
It is just one short episode, one tiny skirmish in the most serious ongoing rebellion of all, the seemingly endless rebellion of sinful man against the One Holy God who is his creator, sustainer and redeemer. The source of this rebellion is Satan himself. Isaiah 14:12-15 In this passage God answers Hezekiah’s prayer. He speaks about the King of Assyria, and describes the rebellious nature of man:- by nature and practice, mankind is: Read more…
It looks like more ‘positive confession’ garbage is about to be tossed out into the world by America’s most loved heretic… Read more…
What does it mean to ‘Grow in Grace?’
Text: Isaiah 27:5-20
Remember that Hezekiah has received really bad news. He has mourned over his sin, repented of his unfaithfulness, gone to the Lord’s house, to pray and to listen to the faithful proclaimation of God’s word, and took heart from the message – for the Word of God to the believer is constant and unchanging: DO NOT BE AFRAID! Thus assured, Hezekiah trusts the Lord. So what can we learn from this passage? Read more…
When You Get Bad News….
Text . Isaiah 37:1-7
What do you do when you get bad news? We have a ‘case-study’ in Isaiah 37. Hezekiah has been the recipient of some very bad news indeed. The three civil servants had reported back to King Hezekiah, and their message was the worst possible news, news that no one would ever want to hear. 36:22 What will Hezekiah, the godly King of Israel do now? He would:- Read more…
What to do when the Worldlings Sneer.
Text . Isaiah 36
Marching on while the worldlings sneer… It’s a popular hymn, and it is certainly true in part. Christians constantly face a tirade of abuse from the world. In this narrative, we see the opening gambit of the Assyrians. It is to demoralise the people in the city, to prepare them for their surrender. Read more…
Fear and Dread
Text Isaiah 30
Isaiah continues his prophecy to the wayward, backslidden nation of Israel, warning them of the consequences of their actions in rejecting their God. They were terrified. A large and powerful army is encamped on their borders, and that army is very hostile indeed. What were they to do?
Fear is an emotion that is common to mankind. It is defined as ‘a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Synonyms: foreboding, apprehension, consternation, dismay, dread, terror, fright, panic, horror, trepidation, qualm.’ What does Isaiah teach Israel about fear that will help us too? Read more…
The Bare Naked Truth!
Text. Isaiah 20
Background and context: 711-713BC, Asdod rebelling against Assyria with the help and encouragement of Egypt, is crushed, as is foretold in Isa 14. Isaiah ordered by God to prophecy(to Judah) of Ashdod’s downfall and defeat.
1. Isaiah’s Method. v2
Isaiah is ordered by God to go about naked and barefoot. Purpose was to show to the people, that God was and is always faithful to his promises. This was a prophecy to be fulfilled before their eyes in a very short space of time. Isaiah 14:28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden. 29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent. 30 And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant. 31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times. 32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it. Isaiah was just to be unclad for 3 years. This is important, for Isaiah would make other prophecies, the fulfilment of some of these were 600 years away – but God would bring them to pass, just as surely. Read more…