Ever heard the saying “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” by George Santayana? It’s important to not forget! It’s important to refresh the who, the what, there where, the why, the when, and the how! Take a look around and see what is taking place in the world. Do you realize the cycle that is taking place? Solomon who was so wise put it this way “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Do you notice the repetition? Do you notice the rise and the fall? Do you notice the pendulum swaying to and fro? Are you seeing anything taking place that seems familiar that has happened but people aren’t stopping to remember and charging right back in to repeat the past? What would it take for someone to stop? What if we stopped trying to go our own way and turned back to God? What if we shared the good things God has done with our children to teach them, train them, correct them, and direct them? Consider how things swung bad every time people forgot about what God had done in the past to get them where they are today! Consider how the pendulum would swing every time they would remember and turn back to God? Take a look at the world around you! What will you do to share the good news of God with those around you? What will you do to make a difference in the lives of those God has brought into your sphere of influence? Will you testify to the good things God has done in and through your life? Will you speak words of encouragement to your children? Will you speak the truth and the hope that is within you to those you work with? What’s it going to take? What’s it going to be? Will you sit there and do nothing? Ever heard the quote by Edmund Burke? … “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” So let’s not do nothing! Let’s be doers of the Word!
Let’s remember it so that we don’t repeat it!
As I do on Sundays, I go through the old testament readings from the week. This week that will cover Isaiah 40-46.
Isaiah 40: Words of Hope
- Speaks to the coming of John the Baptist who prepared the way for Jesus
- We have a limited time on this earth, so we need to make sure we use it wisely
- God’s Word lasts forever
- Speaks to the coming of Jesus, the shepherd
- There is nobody like God! There is nobody better than God!
- Nothing compares to who He is and all that He is
- Everything is the Lord’s
- God sees all things. God knows all things.
- God renews the strength of those who put their trust in Him!
Isaiah 41: God’s Assurance to Israel
- God is trustworthy
- We do not have to be afraid when God is with us.
- God is our protector and saves
- In our weakness, God’s strength is revealed
- God is our provider
- There is only one God and God challenges the false gods
- God knows the plans and can swart them
Isaiah 42: The Lord’s Servant
- God speaks of the coming of Jesus.
- “Here is my servant, whom I strengthen—the one I have chosen, with whom I am pleased. I have filled him with my Spirit, and he will bring justice to every nation. 2He will not shout or raise his voice or make loud speeches in the streets. 3He will not break off a bent reed nor put out a flickering lamp. He will bring lasting justice to all. 4He will not lose hope or courage; he will establish justice on the earth. Distant lands eagerly wait for his teaching.”
- God created the heavens and stretched them out; he fashioned the earth and all that lives there; he gave life and breath to all its people.
- God speaks to Jesus’ calling
- 6“I, the Lord, have called you and given you power to see that justice is done on earth. Through you I will make a covenant with all peoples; through you I will bring light to the nations. 7You will open the eyes of the blind and set free those who sit in dark prisons.”
- Let’s worship God for there is but one! Let’s give Him the position in our hearts He deserves. Let’s praise Him!
- 10Sing a new song to the Lord; sing his praise, all the world! Praise him, you that sail the sea; praise him, all creatures of the sea! Sing, distant lands and all who live there! 11Let the desert and its towns praise God; let the people of Kedar praise him! Let those who live in the city of Sela shout for joy from the tops of the mountains! 12Let those who live in distant lands give praise and glory to the Lord! 13The Lord goes out to fight like a warrior; he is ready and eager for battle. He gives a war cry, a battle shout; he shows his power against his enemies.
- God promises to help His people
- Will you not listen? Will you not learn?
- God’s plan is for good. God’s laws are to guide and protect. Will you align?
Isaiah 43: God Promises to Rescue His People
- Don’t be afraid!
- He will stick by you as you walk through deep waters so that you won’t be overwhelmed
- Hard trials that come by won’t hurt you
- He wants to set us free
- He wants to save our lives because we are precious to Him
- Israel is the Lord’s witness
- “Summon my people to court. They have eyes, but they are blind; they have ears, but they are deaf! 9Summon the nations to come to the trial. Which of their gods can predict the future? Which of them foretold what is happening now? Let these gods bring in their witnesses to prove that they are right, to testify to the truth of their words. 10“People of Israel, you are my witnesses; I chose you to be my servant, so that you would know me and believe in me and understand that I am the only God. Besides me there is no other god; there never was and never will be. 11“I alone am the Lord, the only one who can save you. 12I predicted what would happen, and then I came to your aid. No foreign god has ever done this; you are my witnesses. 13I am God and always will be. No one can escape from my power; no one can change what I do.”
- Don’t get tired of doing what is right and what is good
- “But you were tired of me, Israel; you did not worship me. 23You did not bring me your burnt offerings of sheep; you did not honor me with your sacrifices. I did not burden you by demanding offerings or wear you out by asking for incense. 24You didn’t buy incense for me or satisfy me with the fat of your animals. Instead you burdened me with your sins; you wore me out with the wrongs you have committed. 25And yet, I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am. I will not hold your sins against you. 26“Let us go to court; bring your accusation! Present your case to prove you are in the right! 27Your earliest ancestor sinned; your leaders sinned against me, 28and your rulers profaned my sanctuary. So I brought destruction on Israel; I let my own people be insulted.”
Isaiah 44: The Lord Is the Only God
- He is the first, the last, the only
- Don’t chase after idolatry for it will be ridiculed
- God is the Creator and the Savior
- God doesn’t need our help, He wants to be in relationship with us
Isaiah 45: God is in control
- Raises up/appoints kings
- God created … God knows the future
- God created the heaven and the earth
- God is the Lord of all
Isaiah 46: God cares for you
- Remember the past
- Turn to God
- Keep your focus on God and His ways and His will
- God’s plans never fail