Who are we? God’s People (People who belong to God) Godly People (People who reflect God’s character)
God’s vs Godly a The problem of sinfulness b It is a scourge, a burden, and a common human trait b It brings disaster and deserves punishment b We need to be rescued from it but we cannot rescue ourselves
1. God is ABLE to rescue us from Sin a The Context of Isaiah 40-48 b Hezekiah shows the Babylonians everything [to impress them] (39:2, 4) b Isaiah prophesies that they will come to conquer Judah(39:6-7) a Isaiah 40 ff, jumps 150 years ahead (700 BC to 550?BC) b Written in the context of Babylonian exile b Exile raises its own questions: g Was God conquered by other gods (Bel & Nebo 46:1)? (did he fail Judah in the end?) g Is God’s covenant with Israel over (are they now forsaken forever)?
1. God is ABLE to rescue us from Sin... a Unlike Idols (who are a burden, 46:1-2 ), God carries his people ( 46:3-4 ) a The sureness of God’s ability is revealed in a number of ways – b He is CREATOR of the cosmos (e.g. 40:26, 42:5, 45:12) b He is CONTROLLER of events, life, history (e.g. 41:1-4, 42:5, 44:24-28, 45:1, 47:1-3) b He is REDEEMER of those who trust in Him (e.g. 43:1, 44:22, 45:8,17,22, 46:12-13) b HE is REVEALER of his Plans (e.g. 42:9, 44:7-8, 46:10, 48:3-5) g He WANTS us to know so that we can be witnesses (e.g. 43:9-12, 44:8, 45:19) a Directly contrasted to uselessness of Idols ( 41:7,22, 44:9-12, 46:1-2, 48:14)
2. God is WILLING to rescue us from sin a God’s willingness to save is because – b He has Chosen Israel (41:8-10) [for the salvation of the world, Gen 12:3] b He Loves His people; they are precious to him (43:4) b Punishment/Payment for unfaithfulness is complete (40:2, 48:10) b He is a God who Redeems (e.g. 43:14, 44:6, 47:4, 48:17) a God’s willingness and ability to save is so contrary to Idols (42:16-17)
To Whom/What do you entrust your Life? a The Ultimate question of Isaiah 1-39 a Idolatry today: b Money/wealth/possessions? g They cannot save (Psalm 49:6-8) b Knowledge/Skills g God gives us our skills (Deut 8:17-18) g Knowledge (without from God) is nonsense (Isa 44:24-26, 47:8-10) b Success/Power/Beauty/Pleasure g It will be shown to be empty without God (Isa 47:1-7, the example of Babylon)
Who are we? a God’s vs Godly a God will bring these two together: b He is ABLE to Save b He is WILLING to Save He asks us to look at the facts and trust in Him; then we will live in Shalom (Isa 48: 17-22)