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Isaiah

Date: April 11, 2021

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Isaiah

Scripture: Isaiah 32:9–32:20

Tags: Justice, Righteousness, Garden, Gardener

  • Isaiah 32:9-20
  • How Does Your Garden Grow?
  • 9 Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice;
  • you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech.
  • 10 In little more than a year
  • you will shudder, you complacent women;
  • for the grape harvest fails,
  • the fruit harvest will not come.
  • 11 Tremble, you women who are at ease,
  • shudder, you complacent ones;
  • strip, and make yourselves bare,
  • and tie sackcloth around your waist.
  • 12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
  • for the fruitful vine,
  • 13 for the soil of my people
  • growing up in thorns and briers,
  • yes, for all the joyous houses
  • in the exultant city.
  • 14 For the palace is forsaken,
  • the populous city deserted;
  • the hill and the watchtower
  • will become dens forever,
  • a joy of wild donkeys,
  • a pasture of flocks;

  • (Isaiah 32:9-14, ESV)
  • 15 until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
  • and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
  • and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.
  • 16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
  • and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
  • 17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
  • and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
  • 18 My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
  • in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
  • (Isaiah 32:15-18 ESV)
  • 19 And it will hail when the forest falls down,
  • and the city will be utterly laid low.
  • 20 Happy are you who sow beside all waters,
  • who let the feet of the ox and the donkey range free.
  • (Isaiah 32:19-20 ESV)
  • Main Point
  • These verses describe the coming devastation because of faithlessness
  • God will not leave them fully destitute
  • They will know righteousness and justice as the cultivated fields know bounty
  • The Assyrians will find destruction while God’s people will be spared
  • Application Points
  • How Does Your Garden Grow?
  • Gardens requires knowledge, patience, and hard work
  • The benefits of gardening are made manifest during the harvest
  • Those who care for their garden will bear much fruit, those who have neglected it will bear little
  • Gardening is much like life
  • There is a cause and effect in this world
  • Caring for your life will manifest into a good life
  • Isaiah’s thought concerning the lazy women and the expectation of what will occur is of prime importance
  • This complacency leads to devastation
  • Application Points
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (2)
  • This can be seen in our congregations and the U.S. in general
  • Currently, the Church has become somewhat irrelevant
  • It is almost as though what Isaiah pronounced to the Judeans has come to pass in our own time
  • The garden which had been cultivated well became wild
  • Complacency in knowledge and actions always leads to this
  • This is a dire thought, and a painful thought
  • Sometimes the best thing to do is burn it all down
  • Sometimes it is to carefully take out the weeds to preserve what is good
  • Application Points
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (3)
  • In order for us to progress it is necessary for us to go backward
  • Like math, when we realize we have made a mistake it is no good continuing forward
  • It is necessary to retrace our steps
  • So it is sometimes with progress, going backward is sometimes necessary in order to move forward
  • When it comes to the Church the best thing we can do is look back on the Scriptures for guidance and wisdom
  • To continue to guard ourselves by cultivating our personal gardens as well as the corporate garden which we belong
  • Application Points
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (4)
  • But even now the analogy would fail if we fail to define the fruit
  • It is different to consider it with our own lives and our Church community
  • What is the fruit of our gardens?
  • Isaiah tells us what a bad garden is…briars and thorns
  • It means complacency in faith
  • This is exactly what the world defines as fruit
  • There is hope for us as there was hope for them
  • There would come a time when the Spirit of God would be poured out on the people
  • This would lead to a fruitful field, a bountiful forest of life
  • Application Points
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (5)
  • What are the words utilized to express the fruitfulness of the people?
  • Justice and righteousness
  • It is not justice and righteousness defined by the people
  • The Spirit of God which dwells within the people leads them to such higher ideals
  • It will not be in our own thoughts or our own understanding which will lead us out of the wasteland
  • It will be when we are led by God Himself
  • The turmoil of our times will become insignificant in comparison to the reality we find with God
  • Application Points
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (6)
  • The wildness of our world seems incredible at first glance
  • It can make all of our heads shake, our hearts grow faint, over the world moving so quickly toward an immovable wall
  • In times such as these the only question we need to ask is, what can we do?
  • The answer is, turn toward God for our wisdom and guidance
  • The only way to grow a garden in this world is by faithfulness to God
  • Without God there is nothing therefore we are nothing
  • With God’s presence there is peace, rest, for all eternity
  • Application Points
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (7)
  • He is the ultimate Gardener
  • In trusting in Him we will find righteousness swell within us to the point of bursting
  • We find this very thing in the person of Jesus
  • He is the One who has poured out His Spirit on our dry deserts to cause growth
  • The option remains before us
  • How will your garden grow?
  • Will you decide to follow your own path which leads to wild briars and thorns?
  • Will you seek God and His Spirit to lead you into great knowledge of Himself which leads to an abundance of fruit?
  • Application Points
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (8)
  • God presents us with life and death
  • Let us not be hindered by the world around us
  • Let us seek righteousness and justice
  • Not a righteousness and justice defined by the world, but by God
  • How will your garden grow?
  • Application Points
  • The Gospel of Christ
  • Origins
  • Where we began
  • Fall
  • What went wrong
  • Redemption
  • How it is fixed
  • Glorification
  • Where it at leads