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Isaiah

Date: May 17, 2020

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Isaiah

Scripture: Isaiah 7:18–7:25

Tags: Repercussions, Faith, Trust, World, God

  • Isaiah 7:18-25
  • Repercussions
  • 18 In that day the LORD will whistle for the fly that is at the end of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19 And they will all come and settle in the steep ravines, and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thornbushes, and on all the pastures.
  • -Isaiah 7:18-19, ESV
  • 20 In that day the Lord will shave with a razor that is hired beyond the River—with the king of Assyria—the head and the hair of the feet, and it will sweep away the beard also.
  • -Isaiah 7:20, ESV
  • 21 In that day a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep, 22 and because of the abundance of milk that they give, he will eat curds, for everyone who is left in the land will eat curds and honey.
  • -Isaiah 7:21-22, ESV
  • 23 In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels of silver, will become briers and thorns. 24 With bow and arrows a man will come there, for all the land will be briers and thorns. 25 And as for all the hills that used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not come there for fear of briers and thorns, but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.
  • -Isaiah 7:23-25, ESV
  • Main Point
  • These verses show the result of the judgment which is to come
  • The king of Judah decided to trust in Assyria rather than the Lord of all
  • The result is judgment which will come upon the people
  • The one whom God will use to bring this judgment on the people is none other than the one in whom they place their trust
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions
  • Historically this is interesting
  • The king of Judah is facing a crisis
  • His enemies, Israel and Syria, are seeking to displace him
  • In light of this it isn’t surprising Ahaz is willing to look anywhere for salvation
  • He can see them as being his relief, his salvation
  • The king of Assyria will rescue him
  • How often is it the case that we are far more willing to turn to something or someone other than God?
  • How often do we reject the help God offers us and trust in something/someone else?
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions (2)
  • In our brokenness it can be easy for the world to sway us
  • Whether it is an outside source
  • Or even trusting in ourselves
  • To trust in God in all areas of life, or trust another
  • In all things these two choices remain in front of us
  • This is only the beginning of it
  • For every choice we make has repercussions
  • When it comes to choosing to live in obedience to God or the world, to have our views changed by God or the world, by trust in in God or the world, then the repercussions become perilous
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions (3)
  • Ahaz is being confronted with a problem
  • Isaiah is called by God to go to Ahaz and offer a choice
  • “If you are not firm on faith, you will not be firm at all”
  • Ahaz, decides not to trust God
  • Isaiah is proclaiming the reality of the situation, our choices have repercussions
  • The choice of Ahaz in trusting Assyria will bring about a greater devastation
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions (4)
  • Just as Ahaz’s choice had dire repercussions so do ours
  • Ahaz needed a perspective change, and one came through the Word of the God
  • Ahaz, however, chose a different course and the results were filled with sorrow
  • In our time we are offered many choices as well
  • There are two main thoughts which are dominant in society
  • The first is materialism/naturalism, and the second is postmodernism
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions (5)
  • Materialism/Naturalism…all that exists is physical matter
  • We are only machines brought about by our genetics and biology
  • This also means that whatever choices we think we make are actually just those neurons
  • Free will is an illusion, in the end we will always only do what we are programmed to do
  • Postmodernism…we can’t really know anything outside of ourselves
  • We are doomed to simply live in the confines of the reality we create in our minds
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions (6)
  • Previously we discussed them, but we did not discuss their conclusions
  • What are the repercussions of having these worldviews?
  • Materialism/naturalism…if true then all human existence means nothing
  • Good or evil…it has no purpose or value
  • How can we criminalize or cast judgment on individuals who are only doing what they are programed to do by their genetic makeup?
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions (7)
  • Why bother doing good or bad at all?
  • If, in the end, humanity ends the same as the universe…then what does it matter?
  • It leads to a dark nihilism
  • It leads to humans being nothing more than a number, cattle, with no purpose or intrinsic value or worth
  • Let’s consider postmodernism
  • How do we create reality? The answer is by placing us in a category
  • You create reality because of your gender, age, economic status, culture etc.
  • You only believe that because…. (fill in the blank)
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions (8)
  • It dehumanizes people as much as materialism/naturalism
  • We become nothing more than an instrument for these various platforms
  • You as a person have no value or intrinsic worth
  • We see how this leads to a broken form of justice and morality
  • The group that mutilates girls private parts are not considered evil, because to that group it is good to do these things
  • Their group had their beliefs and it is just as valid as anyone else's
  • No morality, no truth
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions (9)
  • In the end, both of these views fail to properly give credence to the human person
  • We recognize we are emotional, rational, physical and spiritual
  • We have been created with heart, mind, soul, and strength
  • The Christian view allows for us to interact with the physical world, but we are not mere machines
  • Likewise we can be influenced by various things, but we can also reach and find a full and complete truth for all of time and space
  • We can find morality, and justice
  • We are persons with intrinsic value and worth
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions (10)
  • Yet the repercussions of these things are significant
  • If we follow the materialist/naturalist then it leads to sorrow…we mean nothing
  • The same is true with postmodernism
  • We see the repercussions of postmodern thought every time we turn on the television
  • The media’s playground is ripe with postmodern ideas
  • The repercussions of following these leads not to human flourishing or goodness, but instead leads to pain, sorrow, and brokenness
  • God, however, reaches down and leads us to truth
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions (11)
  • Destruction lies ahead for any who are willing to turn toward anything other than God for their salvation or assurance
  • Just as it was with Ahaz and Assyria
  • Our congregations should be warned
  • We can be swayed by politics, by pastors or religious leaders
  • The truth is our greatest asset, our greatest salvation, and strength, is not found in any of these things, but in the person of Jesus Christ
  • It’s not going to be found in the leadership which looks to self, it will only be found in those who look to God and seek faithfulness to Him and His faithfulness to us in this life
  • Application Points
  • Repercussions (12)
  • We’ve seen the repercussions of all these things, but the repercussions for following after God is peace
  • It is wisdom, knowledge, love, grace, and mercy
  • It leads to justice and morality
  • It leads to all that we could possibly desire, truth which spreads over all we are, for all of time
  • It leads to eternal life instead of eternal death
  • Do not seek the world, seek God
  • The very Word of the Lord made flesh, abide in Him as He abides in you
  • He is the source of all truth, the only source of goodness, anything else will lead to despair, darkness, and misery
  • We know the repercussions, destruction of life, let us follow gladly the way of life now and forever
  • Application Points
  • The Gospel of Christ
  • Origin
  • Fall
  • Redemption
  • Glorification