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The Salvation of Isaiah

It was in the year King Uzziah died in the land of Judah about 760 B.C. that the Prophet Isaiah saw the Lord seated on His Throne high and lifted up in Heaven. As Isaiah beheld the glorious scene he immediately became aware of his own sinful wretched condition and his shame. Even the heavenly beings present above the Throne covered themselves with their wings from head to foot in reverence and awe of the Holy One who sat upon the Throne.

As Isaiah witnessed the Lord’s royal train “filled the temple… and the house was filled with smoke,” the seraphim cried, “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts” in adoration of Him Who sat upon the Throne. Isaiah realized standing in the presence of Almighty God just how sinful he truly was, proclaiming, “Woe is me! for I am undone.” He knew he was not worthy to join in the heavenly chorus of praise because of such wickedness in his being. Isaiah confessed he was a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips, “for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

At Isaiah’s confession of his sin one of the seraphim used tongs to pick up a burning coal from off the altar of sacrifice and laid the hot ember upon Isaiah’s mouth, declaring “Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.” When confronted with the Holiness of God in light of his own innate sinful nature, Isaiah’s confession led him to repentance and a restored fellowship with God that was lost when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden (Genesis 2-3; Isaiah 6:1-7).

The Apostle Paul writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote to the Romans, “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” just as Isaiah’s salvation came about over 700 years earlier (Romans 10:10). The Apostle John, exiled to the island of Patmos late in his life for preaching the Gospel of salvation in Christ Alone to the Jewish nation, wrote in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” King David’s testimony included confession of sin before receiving God’s forgiveness, “I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me,” (Psalm 51:3). Without confession of sin one remains lost in sin with no hope of salvation.

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Hope Thou in GOD

The world seems hopeless, and it is. There are wars and rumors of wars. There are earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions. There is violence and death, disease and sickness, hatred and jealousy; fathers against sons, mothers against daughters, children against parents (Micah 7:6; Luke 12:53). The world seems out of control, and it is. But there is Light in the midst of darkness, Life in the midst of death, Hope in the midst of hopelessness.

David’s life seemed totally hopeless as he hid in caves and tried to keep one step ahead of King Saul’s pursuit to kill him. It was because of Saul’s anger and jealousy David had many a sleepness night. Not knowing what the future might hold for him, David in his loneliest hour quizzed himself, “Why art thou cast down , O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me?” Suddenly the answer to overcoming his troubled soul came to him, “Hope thou in God,” (Psalm 42:5).

Adam hoped in God to send a Redeemer – Genesis 3:15

Abraham hoped in God to father a nation – Genesis 17

Moses hoped in God to lead His people – Exodus 3-4

Joshua hoped in God to conquer the Promised Land – Joshua 1

Nehemiah hoped in God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem – Nehemiah 4-6

Isaiah hoped in God to be His witness – Isaiah 6

Martha hoped in God for life after death – John 11

Peter hoped in God for forgiveness in denying Christ – John 21

Paul hoped in God to deliver him safely to Rome – Acts 27

 “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart,    

All ye that hope in the LORD.”

Psalm 31:24

 

 

2 KINGS – Book of “The Divided Kingdom”

Key Verse:   2 Kings 17:7, “For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt.”

Judah & Israel’s Kings – Chapters 1, 3, 9-16

Elijah Taken Up in Chariot – Chapter 2

Elisha & the Widow’s Increase of Oil – Chapter 4

Healing of Naaman the Leper – Chapter 5

Elisha’s Ministry – Chapters 6-8

Israel Taken into Captivity – Chapter 17

Judah’s Kings Continue to Reign – Chapter 18

King Hezekiah Sends for Isaiah – Chapter 19

Hezekiah’s Sickness & Recovery – Chapter 20

Judah’s Final Kings – Chapters 21-23

Judah & Jerusalem Rebel – Chapter 24

Seige & Taking of Jerusalem into Captivity – Chapter 25

 

HE Was Wounded for Our Transgressions

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“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

The Iniquity of Us All

In Isaiah 59 we are told exactly why man is separated from God:

“Your iniquities have separated between you and your God,                                                                    and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.”

BECAUSE:

  1. Your hands are defiled with blood
  2. Your fingers are defiled with iniquity
  3. Your lips have spoken lies
  4. Your tongue hath muttered perverseness
  5. None calls for justice
  6. None pleads for truth
  7. They trust in vanity
  8. They speak lies
  9. They conceive mischief
  10. They bring forth iniquity
  11. They hatch cockatrice’ eggs [venomous serpents]
  12. They weave the spider’s web [entangle others]
  13. Their works are works of iniquity
  14. Violence is in their hands
  15. Their feet run to evil
  16. They make haste to shed innocent blood
  17. Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity
  18. Wasting and destruction are in their paths
  19. The way of peace they know not
  20. There is no judgment in their goings
  21. They have made them crooked paths

Whosoever goeth therein shall not know Peace.”

RESULT:

  1. Judgment is far from us
  2. Neither does justice overtake us
  3. We wait for light, but behold obscurity
  4. We wait for brightness, but we walk in darkness
  5. We grope for the wall like the blind
  6. We stumble at noon day
  7. We are in desolate places as dead men
  8. We roar all like bears
  9. We mourn sore like doves
  10. We look for judgment, but there is none
  11. We look for salvation, but it is far off from us
  12. Our transgressions are multiplied before Thee
  13. Our sins testify against us
  14. Our transgressions and our iniquities, we know them:                                                               a. Transgressing against the LORD                                                                                                     b. Lying against the LORD                                                                                                                    c. Departing away from our God                                                                                                          d. Speaking oppression and revolt                                                                                                     e. Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood

BECAUSE:  

Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off:

  1. Truth is fallen in the street
  2. Equity cannot enter
  3. Truth fails
  4. He that departs from evil makes himself a prey

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; And with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 

                            “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”  

Chosen by God

God chose Adam to care for His Garden – Genesis 2:15

God chose Noah to build an ark – Genesis 6:13:14

God chose Abraham to father a nation – Genesis 15:5

God chose Moses to lead His people – Exodus 3:10

God chose David to kill a giant – 1 Samuel 17:32

God chose Isaiah to foretell the birth of Christ – Isaiah 7:14

God chose Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to walk with Him in a fiery furnace – Daniel 3:24-26

God chose Daniel to share a den with lions – Daniel 6:22-23

God chose the Apostles to walk with Him – Matthew 10:1-4

God chose Paul to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles – Acts 9:11,15

God chose the Apostle John to write of future events – Revelation 1:1

God chose YOU to be His child“But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” John 1:12

The Relevancy of Scripture

There are those who say God’s Word is not relevant for today, that it is outdated and old-fashioned. They say life is far different today and anything written in Scripture would not be applicable with what we are experiencing now. But God’s Word is as much relevant for today as it has been for every age in time past. The Psalmist wrote “For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations,” (119:89-90).

The Bible, God’s Holy Word, is a unique book that has been relevant to generations of people since the time Moses began writing the first five books of the Old Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Just as God’s Word does not change, people have not changed. They are still sinful, wretched, miserable, poor and blind (Revelation 3:17).

The things written of in Scripture were written for our example as Paul tells us in I Corinthians 10. Just in the area of jealousy which is still very much prevalent in our society, we read of Moses’ siblings, Miriam and Aaron, becoming jealous of Moses’ Ethiopian wife and the displeasure God had with their jealousy, sending leprosy upon Miriam who was shut out of the camp seven days until God healed her and allowed her to return (Numbers 12). We read of Korah of the sons of Levi, who became jealous of Moses’ leadership and led a rebellion against him to have Moses overthrown, but was destroyed himself when God opened the earth beneath him and swallowed up all that pertained unto Korah (Numbers 16). And then there was King Saul, whose jealousy of David was so great he and his army chased the slayer of the giant Goliath all over Judea in a desperate attempt to kill David. In the end it was the king who was destroyed in battle, along with David’s best friend, the king’s son, Jonathan (I Samuel 19-31).

God’s Word is as much relevant today as it has always been. It would behoove those who say it is not to set aside what they are doing and begin to read for themselves the wealth of relevancy found in the Scriptures. When they do, as with all who do, they will exclaim with Isaiah, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (6:5).