God is My Salvation
Isaiah 11:1-12, 12:1-6
1 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 And He will delight in the fear of the Lord, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear; 4 But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. 5 Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist.
Who does this sound like to you? Is there someone who has fulfilled this prophecy? Sounds like Jesus to me. Who was Jesse? (King David's father)
6 And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them. 7 Also the cow and the bear will graze; their young will lie down together; and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 And the nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper's den. 9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
10 Then it will come about in that day that the nations will resort to the root of Jesse, who will stand as a signal for the peoples; and His resting place will be glorious.
11 Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And He will lift up a standard for the nations, and will assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. NASB
The Root of Jesse / The Promise of The Anointed One : This is a prophecy about the coming of Christ Jesus. He will reign and there will be peace because the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is peace. Peace with God, peace with one another and peace within. Jesus came to reconcile mankind to God. We are born of the Spirit and we live with Him as Lord and Master of our lives. We are called to live at peace with one another. We have been studying about peacemaking on Wednesday evenings. If you have been missing, you have missed some important teachings about why and how we live out this peace in all of our relationships.
The earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord. When we are filled with the knowledge of the Lord, we will live according to that knowledge and the nations will be drawn to Him as they see Him working in our lives.
Isaiah said He will lift up a standard for the nations. Do you want a standard to live by? Do you think the world is going to pot? Does the world need a standard now? We see violence and wars all around us. People are abused and misused every day. Does it sadden you as it saddens me to see all the hurt and suffering around us? Everyone is out to get for themselves and they do not understand that to get what they really need, they need to begin giving and loving.
People demand more and more of others and they seem to have forgotten what real love is all about. Perhaps the church has failed in its assigned task to take the knowledge of the Lord to the world. Have we retreated to our homes and to the church buildings because we are afraid to take the love of God out into the world to show them the peace that God offers us when we come to Him and surrender to His Love and His Lordship?
Are we afraid we will lose what God has given us? Have we not heard the call of God to make disciples of all nations, to tell the world that God loves them and that serving Him is the best way to live? When Jesus gave that command, He said, As you are going. HE did not say, as they come and visit your church. We need to tell them what Jesus means to us and show them by living out the peace of God among them.
Isaiah closed out this message in Isaiah 12. Read with me.
1 Then you will say on that day, "I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord; for although Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou dost comfort me. 2 "Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation."
3 Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation. 4 And in that day you will say, "Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name, make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted." 5 Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things; let this be known throughout the earth. 6 Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. NASB
You will say on that day... What day is that? When the Branch from the root of Jesse comes. Who is the Branch? Yes, it is Our Lord Jesus.
On that day you will say, “I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord”. God's people are thankful people. We know where our salvation comes from. We have put our trust in Him to save us and to love us and lead us. We are grateful that God's anger is turned away.
On that day we will say “God is my salvation”! Remember what the name Jesus means? Jehovah Saves. When we accept Jesus, we accept the salvation that He brings. He has satisfied the Anger of God. He paid the price for our sin. He is the propitiation for sin. God's anger is turned away.
On that day we will say, “I will no longer be afraid.” God comforts us. We no longer have anything to fear. I will put my trust in God's love and grace, His mercy and comfort. God is our Salvation we need not fear the future. We have a home awaiting us, a home not made with hands, but by God Himself, waiting for us. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you and if I go, I will come again.” He, Jesus, God's Son, will come to gather us together and take us to the home He is preparing for those who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior. I will no longer be afraid. God is my salvation.
On that day we will say, “The Lord is my strength and song.” Do you feel weak? Trust the Lord. Do you not feel like singing praises and thankgivings to God? Look to Jesus who brings the salvation of our God to us. He will give us the strength we need to follow Him and go wherever He leads us.
He will give us the strength we need to follow Him. If you feel weak, perhaps you are putting your trust in yourself instead of in God. Without Him we are weak. We will not be able to face the trials and the presecutions that come to us if we are trusting in our own strength. He is my strength and my song. Why could Paul and Silas sing praises to God while in the prison? They were trusting God that He would see them through this difficulty. They were trusting that God would be glorified in their lives whether they lived or died. Therefore they could live and not fear what life threw at them. They were no longer afraid. They were trusting God to be their salvation, to be their strength and their song. Is He your strength and your song today?
Notice that the sentence making up verse 2 of chapter 12 of Isaiah begins and ends with the same thought. “God is my salvation... He has become my salvation.” Do you think maybe God and Isaiah wanted us to be sure we got that truth?
I do not have enough strength to face what life sends my way. I was never a strong person, but I have come to believe that God loves me and He is my strength. He is my song. I will tell the world that God loves me and He loves them as well.
Look at verse 3. It starts out with “Therefore”. What does therefore mean? It means, “because of what I just said”. What Isaiah is going to say is based on what he just said. So we ask ourselves, what did He just say? “On that day you will say...” What will we say? That God is my salvation, I will not fear, He is my strength...
Because we say those things we “will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation”. Do you want to joyously draw from the springs of salvation? Then put your trust in God who is our salvation. Say to yourself, and to anyone else, that God is your salvation. Say that He is your strength. Say that you trust Him and that you will not fear.
When Paul said, that we will be saved when we believe in our heart that Jesus died and rose again, and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, he was echoing Isaiah. What we say is very important. What we say with our mouth is so important.
Say that God is your strength and you will begin to believe that God is your strength. Say that Jesus is Lord and you will find that you have just commited yourself to following His lead in all you do. Say that God is your salvation and you and the rest of the world will begin to believe that it is true.
Your saying it does not make it true. It is true that God is our salvation and that He is our Lord whether or not we say it or believe it. But saying it and believing it strengthens our hearts and our minds as we live out those truths before the world. It is important that we say it, to ourselves and to others.
Because you say those things you will joyously drink from the waters of salvation.
Isaiah finished off this message in verses 4-6:
4 And in that day you will say, "Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name, make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted." 5 Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things; let this be known throughout the earth. 6 Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. NASB
In that day you will say. In what day? In the Day the Branch, the Messiah, The Anointed One becomes more to you than a myth, or a story. When you begin to believe these things, that God is your salvation, and that He is the strength of your life, then you will say...
In that day you will give thanks to the Lord. You will call on His name, you will make known His deeds among the peoples. You will become a witness to the truth of God's word. You will help the world to remember that His name is exalted.
What is our purpose in life? What is our purpose in being peacemakers? Yes, to glorify God, to help the world to remember that His name is exalted.
God has done excellent things and the world needs to know and to believe. God has chosen to use His people to take that message to the world. We, those of us who believe that God is our salvation, are called to share that truth with the world. Sing about it, say it out loud to anyone who will listen, this is why we are here. This is our purpose.
Twice this week I have heard that there are two important times in our lives. The first is when we are born. The second is when we realize why we were born.
Do you know why you are here? God is our salvation. Say it. Sing it. Live it.