Monday, August 23, 2010

Grace Fellowship: Ahaz, Isaiah, and Immanuel: Hope for the Hopeless

Isaiah 7

Now we come to the section that most interests us, but we need to see all this other stuff in order to know what is going on and why what is about to be said in these next verses to King Ahaz is significant to him. Look at verse 10 and follow along as I read.

10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”

How amazing is this? God AGAIN speaks to this wicked king and says to him, “Ask of Me any kind of sign you can think of, and I will do it in order to assure you that the things I have just promised you WILL come to pass. Israel and Syria will not lay a hand on you. If you want a sign from me to prove it, just ask.”

When was the last time you could have used a sign from God about something in your life? How would you like to know for certain that some particular thing either was or was not going to take place? Ahaz and all the people of Judah are terrified of these two kings who want to come in, kill their armies, kill the king, and place “the son of Tabeel” on the throne. They already have the new replacement king picked out! But God says to Ahaz, “Their plans shall not stand, and I’ll prove it to you by giving you a sign. What would you like to see Me do?”

Full Sermon Notes
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Grace Gems: Our thoughts build our character

Our thoughts build our character

(J. R. Miller, "The Lesson of Love" 1903)

"When, on my bed, I think of You, I meditate on You during the night watches." Psalm 63:6

It is a law of life--that our thoughts build our character.

If we meditate on the purity, the holiness, the goodness, the love, the righteousness, of Christ--these qualities will print themselves upon our own hearts.

Paul has given us an infallible direction for the best spiritual culture.
"Whatever is true,
whatever is noble,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable--
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--
think about such things
!" Philippians 4:8

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