There was a wonderful poem written after September 11 which reminds us of our unity and how we are tied with those around the world who suffer. Here Matthew gives us an example of how Jesus proved to be the Servant that Isaiah wrote about in Isaiah 42. till he has established justice in the earth; who created the heavens and stretched them out. Regardless how good the craftsman is who shapes the idol, it is nothing and the craftsman is nothing. God loves everybody. I will give My Spirit upon Him. This exposition consisted of readings from Isaiah 42:1-17; Isaiah 43:18-25; Romans 10:1-19. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 18 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen. and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. Then you say, I really don’t care about that too much I want what was stolen, returned. OUR TENDER LORD. There have been many people who have given glib answers to this problem. Aug 31, 2012. And isolated from everything that … Sundays at 10:15 AM. The way in which God proves this is that the One He sends, His Servant, our Lord is not a dead idol but a powerful servant and specifically One who is sent by the true God who speaks of things that have not yet happened. It was interesting to read how Muslim’s responded. Browse Sermons on Isaiah 42. and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; 4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged. Repent and be saved.” Some say, “God is trying to tell us something. Messiah is God’s chosen vessel, selected and anointed to accomplish God’s work among His people. (Critical scholars call this portion of the book “Deutero-Isaiah.”4) These chapters contain prophecies of comfort for Israel written by Isaiah from the perspective of the Exile and the return. Bible / Our Library / Bible Commentaries / Wesley's Explanatory Notes / Isaiah / Isaiah 42; Share Tweet. I am thankful that God has spared me from that disaster.” Did God spare Star Jones, and then choose not to spare the other 140,000 people? Pastor Robin Fish. The former things have died. It’s God way of telling us to get ready for the Second Coming of Jesus. and there is not even a single atom outside his sovereignty. I think the role of comfort is to say, “I don’t know why but I know God loves! And many followed him, and he healed them all 16 and ordered them not to make him known. God controls everything. I want to conclude this morning by asking you to turn to Matthew 12:9. A sermon based on Isaiah 42:14-21 Sunday, March 3, 2002 – Lent 3A Most of you are probably familiar with the story of Helen Keller. Jesus has been given God’s Spirit in order to accomplish all God desires to be accomplished. SUPPORT MISSIONS AT GBC. And we also believe from the Bible that God is benevolent; We are all broken, we are all bruised reeds and smoldering wicks but Jesus is the divine Redeemer who takes broken people with barely any image of God left and heals them and adds fuel to the smoldering wick and ignites the flame of God’s image once again. When He comes across one of God’s people who are broken He doesn’t step on them or say why have you acted this way? God chose to create the world with freedom and for us to have free will. to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon. This is a sermon on Isaiah 42:1-9 ***** Sermon on Isaiah 42:1-9 ***** By: Rev. This is the Servant’s main overarching task. He had to have God’s Spirit in order to accomplish His ministry tasks. Smedly Yates June 29, 2014 Isaiah Isaiah 42:10-13. Isaiah 42:3. Her response was, "I am just so thankful." Used by permission. Read the Elder Blog. Isaiah 42:7.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. Once upon a time there was a pastor who wanted a break from preaching every Sunday. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It can’t redeem what was lost when the law was broken. We just need to love one another.”. Messianic Prophecy. It is entitled, “One,” and was written by Cheryl Sawyer: God says that we are here to share our love for those around the world, and we are surely one with those who suffer. • The first song (42:1-4) tells of the call of the Servant to After a few days the police call and tell you that the lead they had paid off and the thief was found and they assure you justice will be carried out. Jesus described Himself as a servant in Matthew 20:25-28, Matthew 23:11, Mark 9:35, Mark 10:43-45. So, Jesus came to grant salvation and grace to us sinners and, at the same time, maintaining God’s holiness. You see Jesus is the One who will restore proper worship of the Father. With the tsunami, we have a natural disaster that humans had nothing to do with, and such natural disasters are often called “an act of God.” Why did God allow or cause this great tsunami to kill 140,000 plus people? Why was Jesus called Emmanuel, God with us? I am not willing to make God a bad person. Baptism of the Lord, Reflections on Isaiah 42:1-9, John C. Holbert, Patheos, 2011. I read another story where they were having a mass burial after the tsunami. It cannot redeem what was lost. In Scotland, a newspaper reporter said, “God, if there is a God, should be ashamed of himself. According to the Washington Times, his father was a day laborer. I cannot let go of the fact that the Bible says, “God is love.” Jesus shows us love and compassion in every way. It does not exist even in the mind of God. In almost every case, Christians brought more pain and little comfort. There is a reason for this, but we don’t know what the reason is. And I will tell you how most classical Christian theologians deal with this kind of issue. We must see our great need to turn away from idols and embrace the true God found in Jesus Christ our Lord. He wants all His people to reflect His image perfectly. Everything changes… by Brian Evans, Truth Taught -God’s Servant brings forgiveness of sin for God’s people. I am going to keep holding to the love of God. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Pleasant Dale, Nebraska IN NOMINE JESU. Like reeds, they are bruised. Isaiah 40:21-31 On May 25, 1979 American Airlines flight 191 took off from Chicago’s O’Hare airport and then, just seconds after takeoff, crashed killing 258 passengers and 13 crew members. If a person’s faith is rooted in the New Testament, as mine is, then the picture of God is rooted in Jesus Christ, and Jesus didn’t go around causing natural disasters. Like the man who wants his painting back, God wants His image back. We can cling to both extremes and just conclude that it is a mystery, or we can let go of one or the other in some way. The sheer enormity of the Asian tsunami disaster, the death, destruction, and havoc it has wreaked, the scale of the misery it has caused, must surely test the faith of even the firmest believer.” He goes on to say, “I hope I’m right that there is no God. If God could have, I insist that God should have. God can do everything. He will restore the full image of God in man. While you’re away a thief breaks in a steals the painting. If God did that, then there are a lot of things God doesn’t control. Additionally, Matthew quotes Isaiah 42:1-5 and plainly says it is a prophecy fulfilled in Jesus (Matthew 12:16-21). Isaiah 42.1-9 | Acts 10.34-38 | Matthew 3.13-17Preached on: 2020-01-15 Scripture: Isaiah 42:1–3, Matthew 12:18–21. StoryShare Biblical Commentary Isaiah 42:1-9 EXEGESIS: THE WIDER CONTEXT: THE SERVANT SONGS Chapters 42-53 of the book of Isaiah contain four Servant Songs. In the same way, I personally believe the future does not exist. 14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. For me, God did not know the tsunami was going to happen, and God didn’t cause it to happen. It is the righteous God who has chosen to make us righteous. Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands. When Helen was only a few months old a disease left her both blind and deaf. So our Lord was given the Spirit of God in order to accomplish God’s work. Jesus died for our sin in order to, as it were, clear or vindicate God’s name. And suppose there was some way that you could have done something about it, and yet you didn’t. One lost person at a time. When we see the word "behold", it is saying, come closer and take a better look. 7 to open the eyes that are blind. 61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. Scripture quotations from the World English Bible. 10 - 16. are beyond question.”. There is something here that our English Bibles really can’t bring out. Isaiah 42:1-9 What God Is Up To? The classic position was probably best expounded by Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This sermon was preached on March 1, 2015. He is divinely determined. Every painful circumstance in our lives can be traced back to sin as its source. Why do bad things happen? I would even suggest that God doesn’t know what we are going to decide. How does he put these two things together? A SERMON ON ISAIAH 43:1-17 by Rev. And I think there are some things God cannot do. Her response was, "I am just so thankful." I think it’s a part of freedom in the world. Maybe God allows Satan to be at work, but God does not cause these actions. If God did that, science would be impossible. He is telling us to be more compassionate.”. Let me put it this way, suppose you knew in advance that this tsunami was going to happen. LCMS Sermons - Pastor Robin Fish Sermon on Isaiah 42:1-7. I want to share with you how I struggle with this issue. Thanks again!”. How could God pronounce death on the human race because of their sin and yet forgive us? Is God really in control?”. iii. I suspect you would be prosecuted in any court in the land. He had taken his wife and two children on a pilgrimage to a Roman Catholic Church called “Our Lady of Health in Vailankanni, a shrine famed for its healing powers. https://gccwaverly.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/sermon-12-24-17-122417-4-35-pm.mp3, Sermon: Salvation Through the Son of David Isaiah 11, Sermons: God’s Gospel, For All Times and All People (part 1) Paul’s Three Passions. Messenger - My messengers, the singular number being put for the plural, namely the priests and other teachers whom I have appointed to instruct my people. They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods. Initially, we might think that Jesus is to be some sort of divine attorney or a divine policeman who goes around performing justice acts. A bruised reed shall not break The tenderness of Christ to weak and ignorant persons is here and in the next clause expressed; by whom young converts or weak believers seem to be designed; who are compared to a "reed", because worthless with respect to God, whom they cannot profit; and in the view of men, who reckon them as nothing; and in themselves, and in … Isaiah 42:1-7. Subscribe to the GBC Sermon Podcast. 2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice. We’ll hear the second Servant Song next week, in Isaiah 49. This verse describes the general spirit and tone of the Divine dealings with men; but, as it takes distinctly personal form, we are justified in seeing in Christ the type and specimen of such dealings. Logically, you have to come to one conclusion or the other. We’ll hear the second Servant Song next week, in Isaiah 49. No, He cares for the weak and wounded. Later on in Isaiah’s prophecy, he speaks of King Cyrus, God’s servant. The Lion and the Lamb. How can God be one and three at the same time? However, I also suspect that most of you do not know as much as you should in order to better understand Jesus. Here is what a few commentators said who took us at our word. Literally, God takes delight in Jesus Christ, His Servant and He has been chosen the perfect Man for the job. We see a bruised reed and a smoldering wick and we see Jesus taking him by the hand as it were and redeeming this poor sinner…. That is not God’s love. In Isaiah 42:1-9, God promises comfort and that comfort will come in the form of a Chosen Servant. A Hindu newspaper in India said God was behind it too, “God was punishing India because this naturally Hindu nation was letting in too many Christian missionaries.” For them, the tsunami came because there were too many Christians around. Isaiah 42:1-9 "The Compassionate Servant" Introduction In our Bible passage Isaiah is talking about hurting people. Another response is merely to look to Jesus. I think God loves us. We have to just have to let go of that constant desire to control it and realize we will never know.” It sounds a lot like Christian theology. Both advents in view. A SERMONWRITER SUBSCRIBER SAYS: “Thank you so much for your SermonWriter ministry. Isaiah 41 Isaiah 43 The Book of Isaiah Chapter 42. Posted on December 24, 2017 Some people say, “God is punishing the wicked. I was surprised by He said, “Christians always seemed to make matters worse.” One day a Christian would come to the hospital and say, “God is punishing you.” Another Christian would come to the hospital and say, “No, it’s not God; it’s Satan.” Another would say, “God hand picked you so that you would give God the glory through this experience.” Another would say, “It’s not God nor Satan; you just happened to get in the way of an angry mother bear.” Theories of pain only confuse and do not help. 1. December 9, 1997, was a wonderful day in my life, for that was the day my niece, Mikayla, was born. This painting is valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Buddhist theology doesn’t worry too much about logic. He interviewed a family where the father had died while sheltering his children with his body during a blizzard on Mount Rainier. He does it in our text for today and in chapter 61. For me, if I get to the place where I am pushed to decide, then I will let go of God’s power rather than God’s love. He will bring forth judgment to the nations. 1508. L. Judisch. . Sermon Isaiah 42:1-9 What God Is Up To Dr. Mickey Anders On a recent television program, the television personality Star Jones was asked about her response to the tsunami on December 26. The Messiah will not exert His authority like an earthly ruler. Read the Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-4 In preparation for communion, I would like to lead you in a brief study in the servant song in Isaiah 42. I encourage you to wrestle with this question, struggle with it and come to your own conclusion. So this family came to the shrine, made their offering at the church, and went into the sea to bathe, according to their custom. One of the Scripture texts, associated with the Baptism of Our Lord, is the wonderful reading from Isaiah 42, our First Lesson for today: Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight … He will make justice shine on the nations. On the one hand we have God’s power and on the other God’s love. Both advents in view. And if God doesn’t prevent them, God doesn’t love us. How is it that Jesus could accomplish the job God had for Him? Intro: Ill. Looks forward to the coming of the Messiah. Jesus at His baptism is officially endorsed by God with the Holy Spirit. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. But listen to the rest of that story. He will not break a bruised reed, or snuff out a smoldering wick … [Isaiah 42: 1-4] 6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people. The law is good for an ordered society but laws only go so far. I want to suggest several theological answers and tell you where I come down. In my book, he would be as guilty as sin…”, Another writer wrote, “If we say ‘The heavens declare the glory of God,’ surely the tidal wave proves his incompetence.”, Another writer in Australia said, “Responsibility for the tsunami must be sheeted home to God. I can’t know it; you can’t know it; and God can’t know it. Isaiah 42:5-9: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. The officer says unfortunately not but we do have the thief in custody. He did not come to earth to serve us but to serve His Father. The book of Isaiah is divided into three parts: The first section, Chapters 1-35, deals with Isaiah's times. A lot of people buy into Augustine’s theology. How can I take care of this boy and his education now?”, Did God spare the boy and not the rest of his family? The Servant is God's agent to do God's work in the world. We have looked at the promised birth of our Savior from Isaiah’s Prophecy. LCMS Sermons - Pastor Robin Fish Sermon on Isaiah 42:1-7. He said that every person he interviewed confessed that their experience brought them to the wall with God, but every one had a devastating indictment of the church. Though we were still left with the question, “Why didn’t God prevent that disaster?”. Until He exclaims from the cross, It is finished, He will not let up or relax or rest. Prepare your messages on God's Word in Isaiah with sermon outlines or an entire sermon series. I was surprised by And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him. • The first song (42:1-4) tells of the call of the Servant to Preach on topics including returning to God, the source of salvation, repentance, the call of God, and fervent prayer offered to the God who answers. and the coastlands wait for his law. We see in this, the prophecy of the coming Messiah. Is that the kind of God we have? He said. Messiah is God’s chosen vessel, selected and anointed to accomplish God’s work among His people. You see without Christ it’s always winter but never Christmas in our land. John Piper Mar 8, 2012 4.2K Shares Article. Father, You have Gathered Your people that You may let us hear Your words, so that we may learn to fear You all the days that we live on the earth, and that we may also teach our children…amen. When God says that He has placed His Spirit upon Jesus He indicates that His presence is with Jesus in a very special way. First we see that Jesus doesn’t raise His voice or cry out in the street as if to command people. But many Christians say the tsunami hit the Muslim part of the world because it is a false religion. If God knew, and God could, but did nothing, then there is a legitimate problem. Behold My Servant whom I shall uphold, My Chosen One with whom My soul will be satisfied. Everyone say that God protected this child. Personally, I can let go of some of the sovereignty of God. Series: Isaiah’s … He will restore proper image in us, which will restore proper worship of God over against the false worship of idolatry. One of the Scripture texts, associated with the Baptism of Our Lord, is the wonderful reading from Isaiah 42, our First Lesson for today: Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight … He will make justice shine on the nations. The grandmother said, “They went to offer their hair to [Mother] Vailankanni. But we’ve entered in the middle of the story of God’s people, so the point will be lost if the preacher doesn’t state … Continue reading "Commentary on Isaiah 42:1-9" The Call of the Servant in Isaiah 42:1-9 13 The four servant songs appear in Isaiah 40-55. but at the same time I confirm that God’s goodness and love His way is quiet and humble. LCMS Sermons - Pastor Mark Schlamann Sermon on Isaiah 42:1-7. Isaiah 42:9.— Ibid., vol. Most Christians just say, “It’s a mystery; I am going to affirm both sides.”, They approach the problem of evil the same way we approach the doctrine of the Trinity, which is an equally difficult issue to discuss. The Adaptations Of Divine Grace . Only Jesus is the right Man for the job, only Jesus can pull it off. Every painful circumstance in our lives can be traced back to sin as its source. God allows some disasters so that people will respond with a great outpouring of help and love for the victims. 12 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! Chosen: A Sermon on Isaiah 42:1-9 “Chosen” Isaiah 42:1-9 The Baptism of the Lord January 13, 2007 I spent a part of my vacation with my children in a certain magical kingdom in the south. Therefore, I think there are some things God does not know. Don’t change. What we need to realize is the justice cannot ever make right what is wrong. Now for his enemies. Isaiah 42:1 "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, [in whom] my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles." Just because He is unfaltering in His relentless pursuit of God’s mission, He doesn’t go about it like an aggressive dictator. On a recent television program, the television personality Star Jones was asked about her response to the tsunami on December 26. 2. Look at all He does to save us…. So, it’s no mistake that His baptism and the receiving of the Spirit took place before His ministry started. The One Isaiah said stretched out the heavens as He created everything is so intimately connected to His covenant people that He would also have this man to stretch out his hand. Isaiah Lectionary Reflections Isaiah 42:1-9 Baptism of the Lord First Sunday after Epiphany January 12, 2014 . 9 He went on from there and entered their synagogue. The Servant is God's agent to do God's work in the world. Isaiah 41 is God’s condemnation of Judah’s Idolatry. Then you ask, did you find my painting? I’m willing to bet that most of you know more than you think you do. Isaiah 42:17. God brings comfort to us.”. Jesus was born to be God with us. 1 - 9. It was the result of sin. We hear the first one, Isaiah 42, today. he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted. He does so one image bearer at a time. Her response was, “I am just so thankful.” I was surprised by those words, and she went on to explain, “I was there on one of those coasts at a resort one month ago. Isaiah 42:10 (ESV) 10 Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the end of the earth, I want to conclude this morning by asking you to turn to Matthew 12:9. Let's begin by being honest: we hardly have a … In preparation for communion, I would like to lead you in a brief study in the servant song in Isaiah 42. . How does He go about bringing the redemptive justice God desires? Would you be morally guilty? R. Tuck . God took his hands off the world and declared that there would be some things that just happen. Russell B. Smith. I want God to be all-loving and if I have to give up something, I will give on God’s foreknowledge and God’s power. When God tells Isaiah that this Servant whom He loves, He is the One who will carry our divine justice, He will restore to God all that was stolen when Adam sinned. Today, I want us to look to our Lord Jesus and His role or task that He had. Browse all sermons. Their response is very close to the way Christians respond. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In other words, why was He born? This section is set against the backdrop of the Assyrian period. Our sermon ideas on Isaiah will help you preach a powerful message on the God of salvation. So, Lord willing today as we approach the celebration of Christmas and the coming of the Savior I want to look at what Isaiah has to say. This is the God of long ago, the God of beginnings. and a faintly burning wick he will not quench. God is not the kind of God to take a bruised reed and break it or to take people who are poor and humble and wash them away with the tsunami. And one of the great thrills and pleasures of the trip had to do with roller coasters. The tsunami has highlighted just how unpalatable the idea of an interventionist God ultimately is.”, If we say God is in control, we have a problem. ISAIAH 42: 1-7 Douglas McC. In Isaiah 42:1-9, God promises comfort and that comfort will come in the form of a Chosen Servant. 15 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. (Anders), All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. God is in control of the entire universe, But it’s all good! Isaiah 42:8. John Piper Aug 31, 2012 2.2K Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring … he will bring forth justice to the nations. Chapter Overview: The person and office of Christ appointed by the Father, ver. The end of verse four surprised me because it says, “The coastlands wait for his teaching.” God cares for the coastlands. Isaiah 42:1-4. Commentary, Isaiah 42:1-7, Janette C. Wilson, The African American Lectionary, 200 8. . Have you heard about what we’re up to in Papua New Guinea? Sin has so marred the image of God within man that He barely recognizable. A new song to God for his gospel, among the Gentiles, ver. God’s control is on one side, and God’s compassion on the other. He will not need to proclaim His power like other men. Isaiah 42.1-9 | Acts 10.34-38 | Matthew 3.13-17Preached on: 2020-01-15 He will not cry forth, Nay, He will not He lift up Nor make His voice heard on the outside. 11 He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Thus begins Isaiah 42, and thus Isaiah introduces us to one called the servant of the Lord. This Servant will rectify the broken relationship between God and His people and undo the curse of … Think of it this way…suppose you have recently purchased a very expensive painting. If you knew it was going to happen, and you did nothing, you are morally guilty. To really see what is going on in Isaiah 42 we must see what was happening in Isaiah 41. Messianic Prophecy. from the prison those who sit in darkness. God very clearly makes His point. Isaiah 42:12. This passage in Isaiah shows God speaking into the pain of exile to send a servant who will bring justice, and not to Israel only but to all nations. Here, the word is used as a means of identifying a special person. Dramatic and powerful! “If we are true to the Bible, God cares. Isaiah 42:13. “We must speak where the Bible speaks, Twice the Hebrew word HEN is used and translated behold. There was an old theological question, “Can God make a boulder so big that God cannot lift it?” It is a logical contradiction. In verses 3 & 4, Isaiah says, “A bruised reed he will not break; a dimly burning wick he will not quench.” To me that speaks of the love of God. 986. Do you see how tenderly Jesus restored the man with the withered arm? I want to wrestle with this issue in public with you. Like lamps, they are in danger of being snuffed out. In return, they lost their lives to the sea. God is not in the business of extinguishing a burning wick. You see Justice in the legal sense did not make right what was wrong did it?. I have taken you by the hand and kept you" (Isaiah 42:6). If this is to happen, God must send His Son to do it. and be silent where the Scripture is silent. Isaiah 42:14-16 The solemn practical truth of the text is that God can do the most terrible things and the most gentle; that power belongeth unto God and also mercy; that He is either glorious as heaven or fearful as hell. I decided some time ago that the future is unknowable. In the Narnia Chronicles, CS Lewis tells us about a land where its always winter but never Christmas. Isaiah 42:10-13 – Praise God! Now I want to address my own wrestling with this issue. What is most significant here is that this sets up a pattern God uses to introduce us to His Servant, our Lord Jesus Christ. He was born to redeem us, He was born to be our covenant, He was born to care for us, restore us, and give us back the image that we had all but lost through sin. nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; and a smoldering wick he will not quench, 21 and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”. Many theologians have wrestled with that question and finally threw up their hands and said, “I don’t know. 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