“The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.”
Isaiah 50.4 NRSV
God chose the prophet Isaiah and gave him inspired words that not only judged Israel but gave hope and comfort to those seeking relief from suffering and sin.
How can we permit God to waken us today in order that we might listen to his words as Christ’s disciples?
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“Men will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from dread of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth” Isaiah 2:19.
Judgment’s coming! That’s not a popular subject today. It’s not a popular subject in any age. It certainly wasn’t popular in Isaiah’s time of the eighth century B.C. when people lived and worshiped whatever and however they wanted. But, a just God warned of judgment then just as He warns now. For Israel, they were brutally overrun by the Assyrians, never to return to the promised land, the promise of which their conduct had spurned. For us, many will deceive themselves into believing that they are heirs of the promise of eternal like only to find their conduct has spurned heaven. Isaiah was Israel’s ‘fire and brimstone’ preacher at a time when the people only wanted to hear sermons of God’s great mercy and love. The ‘fire and brimstone’ sermons of a century ago are rarely heard today, but God is still a just God and still warns us of judgment through His Word. Perhaps the themes of Isaiah are exactly what we need to hear to once again become a prepared people.
Are you ready for that Day to come?
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by Mike Madden — One of the great prophets of the Old Testament was Isaiah. It was not uncommon for many New Testament preachers to refer to his writing. This is because he foretold the coming of the Messiah and the establishment of His kingdom.
Isaiah lived about 750 years before Christ. He was sent to prophesy in Judah and Jerusalem. (Isaiah 1:1) He has often been referred to as “the Messianic Prophet”.
In his book, we find the good news that was going to come in the future. Continue reading
Anybody else besides me need to learn this lesson?
I talked to the editors at Gospel Minutes and I received their permission to put up a PDF of the article that I referenced a few days ago written by Clem Thurman called “Bed Too Short and Cover Too Narrow.” I encourage you to check it out if you don’t receive these papers through your congregation. Brother Thurman did an excellent job relating an “obscure” piece of scripture that’s thousands of years old to our modern-day mindset when it comes to finding fulfillment in the wrong places of life. Just click the link below!
PDF of Bed Too Short and Cover Too Narrow
There is definitely more than one wonderful verse about Jesus in Isaiah but one that I don’t hear referenced very much is Isaiah 59:17. There the scripture says, “For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak.”
Some may shy away from this verse because of the reference to violence. But one should not be afraid to use this verse in connection with the gospel. Jesus refrained from using justice filled violence while subjecting himself to the justice of God and the unjust violence of men and women here upon the earth, but Jesus’ life here on Earth is over and when Jesus returns it won’t be a picnic for the enemies of God much to contradicting advice given by all the “universalists” out there.
Jesus is the slaughtered Lamb of God for our sins, but Jesus is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah for unrepentant sinners!
“since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 – NKJV)
A good number of years ago Neil Diamond wrote and sang a song that still resonates with me today. That song: “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.” I suppose a number of people can interpret it any number of ways, but I interpret it as both humorous and as a slight against preachers who have more interest in promoting themselves with their “healing” services than they have in promoting the gospel of Christ. The Scriptures are rather plain-spoken about such people – and they need to be called out (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 John 4:1).
“It has been said that God has performed many miracles through Chiles,” we are told. During the days of the prophet Isaiah, God’s prophet was preaching to and against the charlatans of his day. The standard by which any and all preachers were to be judged was the written word of God (Isaiah 8:20). The subjective feelings of a person were only accorded respect when that person lived by the Lord’s expressed word. For the individual or individuals eternity hung in the balance!
It may seem harsh to some to call out preachers who promote things contrary to the Lord’s written words, but it is necessary (Jude 3). It may be that these self-promoting preachers are doing many good things in the community and, if so, there will be nothing negative coming from me in that regard. On the other hand, whatever good may be done or may have been done does not allow a compromise of the Lord’s will as expressed in His holy word. In fact, the good that was done by any and all will not be that which judges us on Judgment Day; it will be the words spoken by the Lord Himself.
The challenge, therefore, to all religious folk is to measure everything by the Lord’s word (John 12:48; Romans 15:18; 1 Peter 4:11).
This is a letter to the editor that is pending