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Isaiah

Date: January 24, 2021

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Isaiah

Scripture: Isaiah 27:1–27:13

Tags: Justice, Sin, Order, Chaos

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Isaiah 27

Order in Chaos

27: 1 In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.

(Isaiah 27:1, ESV)

2  In that day,

“A pleasant vineyard, sing of it!

3  I, the LORD, am its keeper;

every moment I water it.

Lest anyone punish it,

I keep it night and day;

4  I have no wrath.

Would that I had thorns and briers to battle!

I would march against them,

I would burn them up together.

5  Or let them lay hold of my protection,

let them make peace with me,

let them make peace

with me.”

6  In days to come Jacob shall take root,

Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots

and fill the whole world with fruit.

(Isaiah 27:2-6, ESV)

7  Has he struck them as he struck those who struck them?

Or have they been slain as their

slayers were slain?

8  Measure by measure, by exile you contended with them;

he removed them with his fierce breath in the day of the east wind.

9  Therefore by this the guilt of Jacob will be atoned for,

and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:

when he makes all the stones of the altars

like chalkstones crushed to pieces,

no Asherim or incense altars will

remain standing.

10  For the fortified city is solitary,

a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness;

there the calf grazes;

there it lies down and strips its branches.

11  When its boughs are dry, they are broken;

women come and make a fire of them.

For this is a people without discernment;

therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them;

he who formed them will show them no favor.

(Isaiah 27:7-11, ESV)

12 In that day from the river Euphrates to the Brook of Egypt the LORD will thresh out the grain, and you will be gleaned one by one, O people of Israel. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

(Isaiah 27:12-13, ESV)

Main Point

These verses describe the victory of God

In protecting His people He shows His justice and mercy

Those who humble themselves before Him and take hold of His salvation will receive it

Though chastisement seems harsh it is nothing compared to His judgment

The purpose of chastisement is life not death

Application Points

Order in Chaos

When we look at society we see chaos

It can cause within us despair knowing such chaos and conflict exist

We are reminded God is in control of the chaos

He brings order to the chaos

That which would cause us so much anxiety and strife is defeated

It is not defeated by us but by God

What is the purpose of this?

Does the swirling chaos of the world really cause devastation?

What did the beast do to deserve judgment?

Application Points

Order in Chaos (2)

It did all that we have seen concerning the world

What does Isaiah say about the inhabitants?

That they lacked discernment

Any people who lack such discernment will fall prey to the world, to leviathan

By having no firm foundation for their lives it leads to individuals tossed about by the waves

When the winds blow and the rains fall the house is unable to stand

The effects of such views ends up belonging to the world

We see how it effects the people

They worshipped at the Asherim, false gods

They dared to place the elements above the Creator

Application Points

Order in Chaos (3)

God, however, will not allow His creation to rise above Him

Without Him there would be no creation to witness, to reality to experience

He is far above all these things, and He alone is worthy of all honor and glory

It is no different than turning the world on its head

While it is true there are few in our culture who worship at the altar of the Baals we do have spiritual altars on which we sacrifice

When we seek to define “Good” and “bad” on our own it is no different than worshipping false gods of old

Application Points

Order in Chaos (4)

It is a lack of discernment which places our trust in false idols and it is the same lack of discernments which leads to trust in ourselves

We are saying, “We know better than God.”

What happens? Nothing but disillusionment and chaos

Who is to say what is good and right for another person

Yet, that is the problem, in deciding for ourselves what is true and good and right we will automatically come to different definitions

If we are the only ones who decide these things, then my view is no better than yours and truth is shattered

Application Points

Order in Chaos (5)

If, however, there is a Creator to the universe…then He can provide us a foundation for reality

Then it would not be you or I who defines what is true

Instead, truth could be found

In this way God cuts off the head of the dragon

When we come humbly to God and acknowledge His existence we can then fall under His protection

Does this mean we will always get things right? No

Our inability to know everything perfectly does not negate our ability to find truth

While we are finite and sinful, God is infinite and without sin, the source of all truth

Application Points

Order in Chaos (6)

There are moments of struggle and frustration because of our inabilities and sinfulness

There are moments of chastisement

God chastises those He loves

In His chastisement He brings us back to the truth

While the moments of chastisement may seem arbitrary or without purpose, it always has purpose

Moments of seeming chaos is ordered by God

We see the blessings of the protection of God

With God we have a foundation for all of reality (goodness, morality, discernment etc.)

Without God there is only this physical experience where each person decides these things for themselves

Application Points

Order in Chaos (7)

In the end human sinfulness causes chaos

God puts an end to human sinfulness through His salvation and judgment

Judgment for those who seek themselves, salvation for those who seek Him

It leaves us with incredible hope

He has given us a foundation not of sticks of stones, but of Himself

This world, when followed through, only ever offers us chaos in our sinfulness

God, however, provides order

Only in God can we find order in chaos

Application Points

The Gospel of Christ

Origins

Fall

Redemption

Glorification