#2125 - KJV - Isaiah 6:8-13
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
12 And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
II Corinthians 2:15-16
15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
In this chapter we reach the climax of the drama that has been unfolding between Joseph and his brothers. Joseph finally reveals his identity in a flood of tears and reconciliation takes place in a most wonderful way.
Jesus Christ is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father reigning over the nations. As the first century Christians were waiting for the new heavens and new earth to be ushered in by King Jesus, they were to do so as beloved children of God, with diligence to be without spot or blemish, with hope since God is patience, and with knowledge so they don't lose their stability.
How often do we measure and compare ourselves against ourselves or others? If we do that, then we will always be good, ahead, right, like others, cutting others out, and more. It leads to jealousy, pride, self, poor character, and other follies. What we need is to measure ourselves against a standard: the requirements of God and character of the Redeemer.
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..
What has King Jesus come to do? Matthew 3:1–12 looks forward to the morning sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these twelve verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us King Jesus has come to fit His people for glory with Him before pouring out His wrath in unquenchable fire.
Today we're taking a closer look at the twenty-fourth chapter of the Book of Ezekiel.
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