Green Valley Sermons

Chosen Not Rejected!

So That They May See!

Sunday, January 10, 2016         

Isaiah 41:8-20


Isaiah 41:


8 "But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham My friend,

9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts, and said to you, 'You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you.

10 'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'

11 "Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; Those who contend with you will be as nothing, and will perish.

12 "You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, those who war with you will be as nothing, and non-existent.

13 "For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, who says to you, 'Do not fear, I will help you.'

14 "Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel; I will help you," declares the Lord, "and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.

15 "Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges; You will thresh the mountains, and pulverize them, and will make the hills like chaff.

16 "You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, and the storm will scatter them;

But you will rejoice in the Lord, You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.

17 "The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, And their tongue is parched with thirst; I, the Lord, will answer them Myself, as the God of Israel I will not forsake them.

18 "I will open rivers on the bare heights, and springs in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land fountains of water.

19 "I will put the cedar in the wilderness, the acacia, and the myrtle, and the olive tree; I will place the juniper in the desert, together with the box tree and the cypress,

20 That they may see and recognize, and consider and gain insight as well, that the hand of the Lord has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it. NASB


There are several promises in this passage of scripture. Isaiah is preaching to the Southern Kingdom which was called Judah. Judah and Benjamin were all that was left of this nation who had been so abundantly blessed under the kingship of David and Solomon. Because Solomon, in his latter years, had abandoned his faith and began serving the gods of his wives, God split the kingdom and eventually the northern kingdom, usually called Israel, had been defeated and scattered to the four winds.

Isaiah is calling God's people to return to the faithfulness of their forefathers like Abraham and David. He gives them promises and tells them not to fear. In verse 10 He says to them, “do not fear for I am with you.” Sounds a little like the promise of Jesus when He told his followers to make disciples of all nations and that as they did so He would never leave them nor forsake them.

God makes the promise in verses 13 and 14 of Isaiah 41 that they need not fear for God will help them. Are these promises for us today as well as for the descendants of Abraham in Isaiah's time? Do you believe today that God says to you that you should not fear because He is with you and that He will help you? Do you believe this, today!?

Isaiah also makes reference to the winnowing of the mountain. What might that mean?

15 "Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges; You will thresh the mountains, and pulverize them, and will make the hills like chaff.

16 "You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, and the storm will scatter them;

But you will rejoice in the Lord, You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.

It certainly reminds me of Jesus speaking to his disciples in John's gospel. The people from town who had heard the message of the woman Jesus asked for water at the well in Samaria were coming across the wheat field to see this man who had told the prostitute all about her life. Jesus told the disciples to look upon the fields because they were ready to be harvested. Jesus was not talking about wheat, but about people. Our task is to take the message of the good news of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. We are to harvest the souls of people.

In order for us to do so, we must believe that God is with us. He will not forsake us. We must believe that HE will help us to carry out His will.


We have been chosen, but it is not for our sake that we are chosen. We have a job to do. We have a message to proclaim to the world. We have a harvest to bring in as we follow the Lord. He is with us and He will help us, we need not fear.

As we work in the harvest field of God, Isaiah tells us we will rejoice in the Lord, we will glory in the Holy One of Israel. Joy comes to those who are working to bring glory and honor to the Father. We will rejoice in and glory in God as we partner with Him to do His work.


Vs 20 said:

“That they may see and recognize, and consider and gain insight as well, that the hand of the Lord had done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.”

That, So That, For the purpose of. . . When you see a “that” you may want to look carefully, there may be a reason for the that. The That may reveal a purpose and when God reveals a purpose we should take the that very seriously.

God seems to want them to understand that He is the creator. Our lives should point people to the truth of God. We are to help people to understand that God is working in our lives and He wants to work in their lives as well.

The harvest is ripe and we are called into the field to reap. We are called to make disciples. We are called to lead people from living for themselves to living for the purpose God created them for. The purpose they were chosen to fulfill. We were made to Glorify Him and to love other people.

Was this message just for the people of Judah in Isaiah's time? I think not.

Why do I believe this message is not just for the nation of Israel,but for me today?

Listen to John the Baptist's testimony in Matt 3:4-10.

4 Now John himself had a garment of camel's hair, and a leather belt about his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea, and all the district around the Jordan; 6 and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins. 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 "Therefore bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance; 9 and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves,' We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you, that God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. NASB

Hear the testimony of Paul in Romans 9:6-9

6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7 neither are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants, but: "through Isaac your descendants will be named." 8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.

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And again in Galatians 3:23-29


23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. 24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. NASB


We who have put our trust in God and in His Only Begotten Son, Jesus, the Christ, are by God's reckoning and His revealed Word, Abraham's children. The promises made to Israel are promises we can claim as our own. Our Father promises to be with us, to help us, and we need not fear anything or anyone. We belong to the Father.

Abraham's offspring because we believe in the God who created us. We have accepted His call to follow Him wherever He leads. We are the chosen people of God. The enemy wants us to believe that God has rejected us because we are unworthy, but God says otherwise. Whosoever believes in the Son has everlasting life. Our life is restored to us. We are reconciled to God and we have the ministry of reconciliation. We are called to work in the field of God to gather the harvest and see God working in the lives of others.


What a privilege to share with someone and have them make the choice to trust God. What a joy to be part of the process of seeing souls saved from an eternity separated from the Master.

We are chosen, not rejected. We are chosen to be part of the plan that God has for mankind.

I ask you today, do you know Him? Have you put your faith in Him? Do you believe that He is with you and you no longer need to fear for He has proven His love for you.

The choice is yours. Walk in that choice today.

We have been chosen by God, not rejected. His purpose for us is that others will see the truth of God's love and accept it for themselves.