God Does a New Thing
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Isaiah 42:1-9; 43:10-13, 25; 45:18-25
God's Word is true. All that He says, He will do.
Have you noticed that every day is a new day? No two days are exactly alike. We may be in a rut and go to the same job 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year; well, 50 if we take 2 weeks vacation. But still, every day is just a little bit different than any other day that we live.
Have you noticed that the Bible is like that. God did not work with His people the same way twice. Yes, there are similarities, and some things are constant. God never changes. He is always the same. The message is clear throughout the Bible. God loves us and He is Our Lord. That will never change, and at the same time every day is a new day.
Isaiah is telling about a new thing God is preparing as he preaches to the southern kingdom of Judah. God is revealing things He will do in the future. Did those people recognize what that would be like? Probably not. I am confident that God used Isaiah to deal with the people of Judah in the infinite variety of their daily lives.
God can use those same words, to do a new work in our lives today. There is nothing boring about living with God at the center of your life. I want to read three passages today. As I read this first one think about the truth that we are called in righteousness.
Called in Righteousness!
1 "Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. [Who do you suppose Isaiah is talking about? I think it is Christ Jesus. Read on.]
2 "He will not cry out or raise His voice, nor make His voice heard in the street. 3 "A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 "He will not be disheartened or crushed, until He has established justice in the earth; and the coast lands will wait expectantly for His law."
5 Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk in it, 6 "I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, and I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, 7 to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who dwell in darkness from the prison. 8 "I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven images. 9 "Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; before they spring forth I proclaim them to you." NASB
The former things have come to pass and now God declares new things. He foretells the coming of the Messiah. He foretells of the coming of Jesus Christ and the fulfillment of His love in offering Himself as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. When Jesus came, many of the Jews refused to accept him as Messiah because He did not do things the way they thought He should. Don't make the same mistake. Allow God to be God, and trust Him to bring salvation. Trust Him to lead and guide you as the Lord of your life.
He will bring forth justice for the nations. We will be transformed into instruments of righteousness who have a message to tell to the nations. We have put our faith in God who saves the world through the offering of Himself as the sacrifice for our sin. Sin had to be covered by the shedding of blood. Forgiveness is promised by the One True God as we confess our sin and trust Him to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We are saved as a free gift, not of works, but of faith in Him.
As I said in the message last week, the promises we find for Israel are promises we can take to be for us, we who are Jews by faith and not by flesh.
The Creator has called us in righteousness and He wants to use us as a covenant to the rest of the world. He promises to hold us by the hand and watch over us. He promises to use us to bring light to those who live in darkness.
Jesus came to fulfill God's promises. We are called to fulfill His promises as well. God wants to do a new thing in our lives. Are you ready?
Turn with me to the next passage from chapter 43 beginning in verse 10.
Isa 43:10-13, 25
10 "You are My witnesses," declares the Lord, "and My servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. 11 "I, even I, am the Lord; and there is no savior besides Me. 12 "It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, and there was no strange god among you; so you are My witnesses," declares the Lord, "and I am God. 13 Even from eternity I am He; and there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?" ( and down to verse 25)
25 "I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. NASB
We are His witnesses. And what are we to give witness to? The truth that He is the one true God. There is no other. All other gods are false gods. There is no one else who can save us. He wipes out our transgressions. He promises to remember our sins no more.
God loves us and He wants to have a relationship with us. He is Lord and no one can change that. When we have been living as if He is not Lord and as if He does not love us we are living in sin.
Whose love matters to you? Who are you trying to please in this life you are living? God calls us to trust Him, to believe the truth that He has proclaimed through the people of God down through the ages. His Word, the Bible, tells us the stories of those that have put their faith in God and believed that they are loved by the One True God who created all things. They trusted Him to lead them and to use them as witnesses of these truths.
There is no other source of salvation. He, Father, Son and Spirit, The Creator and Sustainer of all that exists wants to save you. He wants to use us as witnesses to these truths. God wants to do a new thing in our lives.
Are you trusting Him to lead you, to love you today? Are you trusting Him as Lord and Savior? Are you trusting Him to use you as a witness of these things?
God says, “Turn to me and be saved!”
18 For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), "I am the Lord, and there is none else. 19 "I have not spoken in secret, in some dark land; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, 'Seek Me in a waste place'; I, the Lord, speak righteousness declaring things that are upright.
20 "Gather yourselves and come; draw near together, you fugitives of the nations; they have no knowledge, who carry about their wooden idol, and pray to a god who cannot save. 21 "Declare and set forth your case; indeed, let them consult together. Who has announced this from of old? Who has long since declared it? Is it not I, the Lord? And there is no other God besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none except Me. 22 "Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. 23 "I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, that to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. 24 "They will say of Me, 'Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength.' Men will come to Him, and all who were angry at Him shall be put to shame. 25 "In the Lord all the offspring of Israel will be justified, and will glory." NASB
22 "Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”
God is calling all to turn to Him and be saved. There is no other God but This God. Creator and Lover of Mankind.
“all the ends of the earth” “whosoever will believe”.
The call is for anyone who will listen. We, who have accepted these things to be true are called to give witness to these things. Have you told someone today that God loves them? Have you told someone that He has a plan for them, that He wants to save them?
Have you told someone that they need to turn Him and be saved?
God is doing a new thing. There is nothing boring about following God. Inviting people to church is a good thing. Telling them that you have discovered that God loves you and that He has saved you is better. Sharing with others the truth about God's love as expressed most clearly in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is our purpose, our reason for being.
God wants to use each of us. He wants us to be witnesses of these truths. He calls us to turn to Him and be saved.