This message is based on Isaiah 6 and is a consideration of the call of Isaiah to be God's prophet, with a reading and explanation of the text. We see Isaiah's personal experience of encountering God in his holiness as Sovereign King of the universe resulting in his conviction of guilt and need for divine cleansing. Then from a position of a provided atonement he hears and answers the call of God to be his special prophet. What kind of commission is this when he is informed that people will not listen and repent so judgment is decreed? But in the midst of wrath and judgment God remembers mercy in accord with his covenant promises to send the Seed who is Jesus the Messiah..
Introduction to Matthew:
Haggai 2:1b-9 "Singing, Weeping, Hoping"
Three questions that Haggai gives to the people:
Who is left among you that saw the temple in its former glory? (Former glory)
How does it look to you now? (Present disappointment)
Does it not seem to you like nothing? (Honest comparison)
But now, take courage and work!
What is glory coming back?
This is future oriented prophecy
v.23 is a New Covenant prophetic pointer
Being fulfilled in Hebrews 12:25-29
In our text today, Matthew strategically places a passage from Isaiah 42:1-4 in between opposition and rejection. The opposition Jesus faced and his impending rejection as Messiah by the Jewish leadership runs counter to the expectations most Jews had of the Messiah and his ministry. But Matthew wants to make clear to his primarily Jewish audience that this is all according to plan. Isaiah had prophesied centuries earlier, describing what the Servant of the Lord would be like and what he would do. He would not be quarrelsome or forcefully assert himself, instead he would care for the broken and the weak. And even though Jesus was not heard by his own people, his proclamation of justice is a message of hope to the nations. As we herald that message let us learn from this portrait of our Servant-King, that like him we would serve in all humility and gentleness even in the midst of opposition and rejection.
This sermon was preached on September 24, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Pastor Zachary Groff preached this sermon entitled "Lord & Servant" on Matthew 12:1-21. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
Today we're taking a closer look at the twenty-first chapter of the Book of Ezekiel.
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Chronicles ends with four bad kings, the fall of Jerusalem, and the decree of Cyrus. It ends with judgement, and beyond it hope, the hope of Christ. It points us back to his 1st Advent, and forward to his second.
What is Matthew trying to accomplish, in the big picture, in writing this gospel record?
Matthew 1:1 and Matthew 28:16-20 serve as an inclusio, and what is between them is proven Jesus as son of Abraham and son of David.
Jesus, as the son of Abraham, carries the blessing given to Abraham to all the nations of the world. Jesus, as the son of David, has all authority to make this so.