I WILL... | Isaiah 40-55
Aug 13, 2017 | Dr. James Carroll
Isaiah 42:18-43:7 | Israel's Blindness and Redemption
Overview - When God seems slow to intervene, we respond with repentance and rest because we are being shaped for His glory.
1. We must repent of our blindness.
2. We can rest in the God who saves for His glory.
Demoralized, humiliated, and homesick, God’s people were held captive in exile in Babylon for decades. A century before Nebuchadnezzar’s army destroyed Jerusalem – robbing the temple, tearing down the walls, and burning most of the city – and plucked them from their homeland, God sent words of comfort and hope through his prophet Isaiah. Knowing they would doubt Him and His promises during these tough days, God reassured them that through the devastation His purposes would be advanced, and not thwarted.
These beautiful chapters in Isaiah confront raw emotions, answer difficult question, and reaffirm the promise of salvation for God’s people. In these sixteen chapters, God speaks through his prophet and more than 80 times He commits to a future action. God says, “I will…” He speaks before He is ready to act inviting us to trust in Him As we look back on these words through the lens of the revelation about Christ, we will rejoice in knowing that God kept every promise and brought salvation for His people through His Servant. Begin reading through these chapters and prepare to be shaped by the God who never fails to follow-through when He says, “I will.”