Isaiah 54-57

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Three themes emerge in these three chapters:

God offers joy and security to His redeemed.

God offers salvation and satisfaction at no cost.

God offers peace to the contrite, but exposes the rebellious.

Another great BSF lesson in Isaiah.

Here are a few highlights

Isaiah 54

Isaiah uses three images to talk about our relationship with God and show how God’s grace to His redeemed people.

v. 1-3   renewal of a barren woman

v. 4-10  redemption of a deserted wife

v. 11-17  rebuilding of the afflicted city

In each of these images there is a reversal.

God is sovereign over his people and He controls every detail of their lives.

When we return ot the One True God he gives restoration.

-He shows us the same grace he showed his people

PRINCIPLE:  Being secure in God’s love satisfies the deepest longings of our hearts.

our deepest longings:  1. to be loved, 2. to know where we will be when we die.

We will be secure in God if we have trusted in Christ.

We look for our security in so many different places . . .

-we’ve been hurt

-we’ve been abandoned

-we don’t trust

God can turn the sadness and places of great hurt into a place of love and compassion that come from Him.

God says to us, “You are mine!  I will make you righteous! I know you best and love you most!”

God’s love will heal people’s sorrows when they turn in repentance.

True love and true security are found only in God and in His Son Jesus.

Isaiah 55

God invites us to come and be satisfied.

We would rather cling to our own idols and agendas.

-we’re not satisfied, but we still resist coming to Him.

Christ is overflowing with satisfaction we cannot provide.

55:8

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.

We make our plans, we ask God for what WE want.

Instead we should say, “I’m blind, You can see!  My greatest desire is YOUR plan!”

God’s words, thoughts and understanding are for His Glory, not mine!

My ways exalt ME, not God.

We are comfortable and we do not like pain.

God knows everything about everything and we do not!

v. 11  so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

God will fulfill His purpose.

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