Sermons on “Isaiah”

Looking Ahead

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

It is difficult to look ahead when you are walking in darkness or living in the darkness.

This was certainly the case for the people of Israel. More specifically the people of the southern Kingdom of Judah. In our biblical time line there are now two Kingdoms; one in the north called Israel and one in the south called Judah. Isaiah was a prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah.

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Rejoice in the Lord

Friends in Christ, grace to you, and peace, from God our Creator, and our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

I recently learned that a friend of mine had been going through a very hard time. Job loss, illness, a death in the family, and still more. I was late getting a hold of her to offer my love and support, and wasn’t sure quite what to say. So I took a breath, apologized for taking so long, and told her: it will be okay. It isn’t right now, and some day, it will be. She told me later how much that simple statement meant to her.

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What Shall I Cry

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

These words of comfort were spoken by Isaiah approximately 70 years after the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by the Babylonians in 587/586 BC.

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A Vineyard, a Stump, and One Small Shoot

Once again, in the biblical story we hear of God’s best efforts that don’t work out due to the persistent problem of human sin and brokenness.

The story begins with a love song; perhaps a country and western love song.

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Jesus, Them, and You

In any place in the Bible, but especially as we read through the prophets, some texts can feel a little obscure. What’s going on? Who are we talking about? It can be tempting to think, “I just don’t get it”, and move on to a passage where you feel a little more comfortable. Don’t give in to that thought. When you encounter a text where the meaning isn’t readily apparent, don’t skip past it. That passage has wisdom to reveal and it’s worth the work.

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Lead in Faith

It’s okay to admit that you don’t really know what just happened for the past five minutes. You heard a lot of names and places and situations that might have sounded very unfamiliar, and you may be left wondering what on earth King Sennacherib of Assyria and his Rabshakeh, or King Hezekiah and Isaiah son of Amoz have to do with you and your life. Allow me to give you a brief background on the situation, and allow me also to promise that this has a lot to do with you, your life, and what God is calling you to do.

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