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September 21, 2022 6:00 am
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3222 now the rest of the exit. Hezekiah and his goodness.
Indeed, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of grandma's and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
That's influence because he saw God because he saw his role as a servant of God because he saw his responsibility to answer what God gave him to see the captured things on behalf of the righteous. This is cross-referenced with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Genesis. Please stay with us after today's message more information about cross-referenced specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching today.
Pastor Rick will continue his message called Isaiah the prince of vision in Isaiah chapter 40. It was King Jotham good King Ahaz not a good king and Hezekiah. We talked about in the series of the life and times of the people of the Bible. He was the king that clean house is a minister. During this time, and in these days as to his life. The personal information about him is rather sparse.
We know that he was a writer of considerable literary skill. We enjoy that poetry of his book is magnificent. It sweeps across the pages and leaves us with a sense of all is a person of strong emotion and deep feelings and you have to read his prophecies to have this come out at you and I'll just give we don't have time. I wish we had more time to to make references, especially in this case we make the statements while he was a man of great feeling, though, how do we know that wealthy he cries out in certain places. Hello everyone who thirsts, come to the waters and you have no money come by and eat yes, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Then there is Isaiah 40 verse one comfort yes comfort my people. These are the words of God through the man, however God chooses men whom the message can flow more easily through he needed a man like Elijah to do what he did with allies and that flamboyant ending of Eliza going out a chariot of fire. How fitting you could not expect that from some of the other men in the bar. Jolie just don't see Joel going up in a chariot GCI let Eliza doing so when we read about what God told this man of God is humanness Isaiah's humanity comes off the pages and allows us to more readily receive what he has to say. Strong emotions deep feelings. That's called passion was that passion come from what feels that passion is said earlier it's vision.
It's a look at God is to see God.
That is the fuel and when you've lost that local when the distance is gained between between you and Christ. When there's a greater distance than the passion begins to die so I pray to get it back.
Will that is a part of it that is a critical part indispensable.
You need more than prayer. It is good preaching for sure needs appetite needs. All of these things working together. You don't have to ask God you visit that you don't want me closer to you. Don't ever have to ask that question's already been answered.
I died. My son died for you to bring you closer to me.
Of course I want you closer the things that create this distance of things that distract so that they can attack me mindful to work towards is worth it, not drawing close to Christ is work. It just has no payoff.
That's worth having. He also was a man of steadfast devotion to the Lord in them coming to a section in my notes that I'm quite excited about. I hope you share this vision of God and his holiness in the temple influenced his messages during his long ministry that's captured for us in Isaiah chapter 6, I saw the Lord. That's what Isaiah says that's what John is referring to when he said in our text. John 1241 these things. Isaiah said when he saw his glory and spoke of him to see it and that was that he had a pulpit, and he used it yet, a microphone, he turned it on it in the form of his prophecies in writing. It says in the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. You can insert there. I saw the Lord Jesus Christ before the manger sitting on a throne, high and lifted up in the train of his robe filled the temple. Then he goes and talks about the fiery ones. The burning ones.
The seraphim, but not only did Isaiah realized that God is God, he realized the holiness of God that God is a God of infinite holiness. He saw God as holy and pure but one other thing went with that.
In this vision he saw him as God enthroned God's sovereign God ruling to have a crown is to have something to destroy attention to yourself. It has authority with you got that crown from somewhere from something, it causes that holder of the crown to be outstanding. This is what Jesus does for all of us lights pictured in the book of Revelation that they tossed the crowns at his feet. I think the Lord is going to say no is crown. I'm giving this to you as his grace. He wants to give. He loves to bless. He cannot bless where sin is dominant where sin rejects him. There are places that Jesus left because they would not receive him.
He did no great miracles there. We will receive a crown for a service in Christ, we will be significant because he has made us so yet he holds the crown upon his head and Isaiah got to see this at a time when the crown of Jerusalem. Uzziah was dying when his days were numbered.
God allow this profit vision to see far enough to know that God was still going to be on the throne. Earthly kings come and go, friends, love once they come, they go God's not going anywhere. David said my mother, my father, they may forsake me, him, and they may die. They will die. They did die.
God will never forsake when it's my time to forsake my children.
In that sense, God will be there for me.
God will not forsake me this. This requires vision it requires seeing this, the eyes of faith. Spurgeon said seeing is not believing what believing is seeing is true is very true. So when he sees got on the throne. He sees that nothing happens that God is not sovereign over nothing. Nothing on earth. No matter how good it is to you, no matter how bad it is to you. Nothing happens against the sovereignty of God. Nothing happens to his children that he will not make right after this life. Not one thing you can enter into that without vision, where there is no vision the people perish where there is no vision in the sense that you've not seen Jesus Christ as Savior. You perish fundamental vision is the source of passion in the lives of the righteous. See the unrighteous they can have vision also for something that is wrong, maybe something that is right but still it is outside of righteousness of the righteousness that is from God.
Maybe it is for evil Hitler had his visions, his passion for them, but the differences are that the Christian has a conscience that is not hindered by corruption not supposed to redo redo because the guilt comes back to try to undo everything Christ is done on the cross.
Satan tries to exploit that you call yourself servant call yourself a leader in the church you call yourself a Christian parent, how long you said you been walking with Christ, doing the stuff we still doing this stuff. That's why Paul wrote certain things when he said, where sin abounded, grace did much more. As Paul was dealing with people like you and me going to the same things. People who who burned incense at the pagan altars, many of them could not escape the guilt or the lust in his all of its various forms and they wanted to be free from the corruption in the guilt and they knew they were free and yet Satan was dragging them back and it was the power of preaching like men like Paul from men like Paul that has caused the church to survive in spite of the seduction of Satan in the pool towards defeat. Vision is the fuel of service everywhere. Christ everywhere. If you're serving Christ without vision you serving on the strength of what a merit system sense of responsibility. While this doesn't agree there's an element of merit in what we do we know God will reward us, but that's not our motivation outside of we know that we will be in paradise with them. We know that there's a decent see this responsibility entrusted to us as servants and so yes we do serve those secondary there in second third fourth position like servants in the house.
Secunda's courts but do not no. The first thing is, this passion. Passion is this love that is flaming is not died.
There doesn't come naturally to us love for us after us. Love the people we choose to love or attracted to that comes very easily, but this agape love is not natural for Leo natural Federalist natural stroke. A natural agape that is spiritual can only come from seeing Christ can only come from seeing him high and lifted up on the throne, no matter what you're going through. If you can only see him on the throne and days of sunshine. What good is that to you but to see him high and lifted up in the dark clouds were rolling in through the entire process. Though he slay me, I will trust in him. That's what Job said we know he said that not because of any other reason that you remember. He said that because it's outstanding to you when Isaiah saw the Lord on the throne and the Seraphim was dispatched. He writes this in verse six of Isaiah 60 since then one of the seraphim flew to me, love had he flew to me what would've happened if he flew by me to someone else as they arise. Then one of the seraphim flew to me, we know that this man Isaiah was married, but he was married and she is simply called a prophetess and Isaiah 83 that tells us his back to godly woman, a woman who is very interested in what God had to say and when God said it. She was quick to say with proper application and yet she does not she does not overtake her husband saw her role is not a competition. How many marriages go south because the competing with each other. I'm telling you the Greek word for such behavior in a Christian home is stupidity do not compete with each other. Wife is the helpmate is a high and lifted up role noon. You've heard me say this many times because we need to be reminded of it, lest we drift away and I will not get tired of reminding you and wives. If you see it as anything less than a high and lifted up role because God has ordained you been shipped already and husbands. If you think that makes her your slave. You are a fool, but if you see it as companionship as a Jonathan and his armor bearer. Then you see what the Bible is talking about why marriage is sanctified in the eyes of the Lord, because the marriage is supposed to become a ministry not the ministry but a ministry is supposed to serve the Lord.
No matter what happens. Those two are supposed to stay together. Often times Christians fail God is so merciful. He is so wise he knows what to do with that. And he also knows how to instruct us on what to do with it. When we witness it in the lives of others may take time is going to take pain, but we caught the vision of God we are his subjects by consent with delight, a word we don't hear too much is good. Lee that this is a joy that's out loud. I remember in school.
He had the glee club which I thought was also seasonal guys who played with Dalton Army G.I. Joe's schedules are not dolls there almost human anyway his sons, his wife, the prophetess his sons were given symbolic names that encapsulated his prophecies, he caused his sons to minister just by having these names we do the same thing we name our children after people in the Bible. This is Luke. This is David this is Isaiah this is Jeremiah because we want that we want to encapsulate our witness through our children. The name part is the easiest part. But the first child are told in Isaiah chapter 7 verse three is Shira Josh why don't you parents name is Whitney. His brother's name is even better will get to that in a minute but his name means the remnant shall return or the survivors. In other words, God's going to take care of his own is not going to take care of those who did not qualify to be in the remnant is going to take care of those who are his. That's with the naming meant and so whatever that little boy was playing whenever he introduced him to someone. It was a rebuke, or it was an encouragement but it was not neutral. God's faithful to his own.
That was the message. The second name Ma here shall hash because, come with me to the hash because but anyway the name here, or sell a house because which incidentally is the longest name in the Bible and the English language when translated, the name roughly means swift to the spoil speed to the pray Yaya full of speedy Gonzales going on there and if you don't know speedy Gonzales is a newborn in this country. You have been ripped off man you got some work to do but his name was the judgment of God is coming in the instruments that he is going to use are going to be delighted at the fall of the wicked should of been righteous.
They going to swoop down here so quick. The Lord is going to whistle for them and there will be no delay in the response.
This we talked about the Pope the poetry Isaiah Isaiah chapter 5 in verse 26. Listen to this.
He says he will lift up a banner to the nations from afar's concerning the judgment God calling the Assyrian are the the will be the Chaldeans.
When they finally come to Israel to judges as he will lift up a banner to the nation from afar and will whistle to them from the end of the earth. Surely they shall come with speed swiftly. Then he goes on to say who's arrows are sharp and their bows bent their horses hooves will seem like Flint and their wheels like the world could you imagine if the run of those horses running on rock to be sparking as their moving the ideas they will not wear out, they will not Google they won't get flat tires on the way and there during the invasion. On the way to your destruction because it will be a judgment of God and so that was the second sons name.
We know that Isaiah was a historiography historian who wasn't solely into the history but he he documented things about certain people into history. We call it the Scripture we believe he was raised in the Kings court. He may have been there some evidence and in other writings that he was see a prince.
He was from the line of David. But either way, he was certainly in the court of the Kings. He ministered to the Kings we read this in second Chronicles chapter 22 verse 26 he says now the rest of the acts of desire.
Catch this emphasis from first to last, the prophet Isaiah, the son of grandma's wrote so his plug. Then he saw these things as being spiritual. This was God's appointed king, and he was going to be careful to write the story of this king that has found its way into Scripture concerning King Hezekiah the record states in second Chronicles 3222 now the rest of the exit.
Hezekiah and his goodness. Indeed, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of grandma's and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
That's influence because he saw God because he saw his role as a servant of God because he saw his responsibility to answer. Would God gave him to see he captured things on behalf of the righteous information truth history any times you read the Bible, which was more information on that. I'm grateful that we have any information that is survived. God is able to protect his word and he is protected so precisely that we have all we need to do what we have to do, and he has made it interesting nonetheless.
Though Isaiah was known more for what he said them for what he did, there are still what we call action parables, no lack in his ministry.
1C removed his outer garment is illustrating a truth from God. He took off his shoes and he walked about the streets of Jerusalem and long tunic next to his skin were told the story in Isaiah chapter 20 and he played the role of a captive and it was the message to the people that they were not to join with Egypt to fight off the Assyrians. The Assyrians with a world power at the time and he was saying. Trust God because these Egyptians are going to go into captivity and I am dressed like a captive to illustrate how true this is going to be and that is exactly what happened and so when God would give him a message before the thing happened.
He illustrated it from time to time. When Hezekiah was sick unto death. Isaiah ordered a clump of figs to be put on the place of the boil was killing him, and of course he was healed.
This symbolized the beginning of healing, but it also symbolizes God is outside of man's methods for healing and yet God uses man's methods to heal. Whenever he wants to. In this case it was symbolic of figs on don't try that to get a headache with the figurehead I'm telling is not going away. I haven't tried it, but I have a deep suspicion that you just smell like figs. On another occasion, he wrote the name of the second son on a large scroll and sort of used it as a billboard we read about it in Isaiah chapter 8 Tenneco take the time to read but you can read about it yourself. Well, they'll take verse one. Moreover, the Lord said to me, take a large scroll and write on it. A man with a man's pen concerning my heart shall pass by.
This is an illustration of him using his children from ministry simply through how he named him because God was guiding him through his life.
His illustrations painted vivid pictures of God's judgment as well as God's peace but will take God's judgment. In Isaiah chapter 66 Isaiah 66 the last two verses of the book versus 23 and 24 and it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before me, says the Lord, and they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men with trans get rest against me, for their worm does not die and their fire is not quenched, they shall be and in the hall and up Horan's to all flesh is kind of a glory picture but is telling people about God's judgment that does nothing clean about this is nothing appealing about the judgment of God. There is everything that is to appeal to us about avoiding the judgment of God. And so that was the man, but the times of the man.
As I mentioned, he lived during the Assyrian Empire. They were a vicious group. They had become a vicious army. They took pleasure in torturing those who they took captive in war. They were a fierce people who are known to skin their opponents alive.
So of course if you had the Assyrian army coming against you as they did against Jerusalem you had something to be troubled about.
And yet this man. Isaiah remain firm in this Fae in his faith in the face of a very serious threat.
I find that difficult sometimes when there's a very serious threat.
I have to try to remind myself to not respond to this emotionally, but how do you turn it off and even though I don't feel like I succeed. Sometimes I do succeed at this, I keep trying. In the midst of whatever I'm going to you've been listening to cross reference the daily radio ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Pastor Rick is teaching from God's Word each time you tune as we mentioned at the beginning of today's broadcast.
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