Isaiah 34-35

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My slot in a short series on Isaiah 1–39 at Above Bar Church, Southampton, UK. It's a whistlestop tour - this is the 10th in a series of 11 sermons.

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Isaiah 34-35

  1. 1. The Joy of Salvation Isaiah 34 – 35
  2. 2. What matters more to you than anything else?
  3. 3. JUDGEMENT JOY
  4. 4. JUDGEMENT IS COMING
  5. 5. Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it! Isaiah 34:1
  6. 6. Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken . . . Isaiah 1:2
  7. 7. Hezekiah after 716 BC before 701 BC
  8. 8. looking further
  9. 9. Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it! Isaiah 34:1
  10. 10. summons for sentencing
  11. 11. four explanations
  12. 12. for the LORD is angry . . . 34:2
  13. 13. for my sword has drunk its fill . . . 34:5
  14. 14. for the LORD has a sacrifice . . . 34:6
  15. 15. for the LORD has a day of vengeance . . . 34:8
  16. 16. angry with all nations 34:2
  17. 17. . . . wrath is on all their armies 34:2
  18. 18. sentence: total destruction
  19. 19. why?
  20. 20. All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree. Isaiah 34:4 ESV
  21. 21. judgement on stars?
  22. 22. stars = heavens stars = heavens = gods
  23. 23. 3 main Babylonian gods represented by sky not stars
  24. 24. final judgement on other gods
  25. 25. judgement on Edom
  26. 26. Map
  27. 27. hostility between Israel and Edom Numbers 20:14–21; 1 Samuel 14:47; 2 Samuel 8:11–14; 1 Kings 11:17–25; 2 Kings 8:20; 14:7
  28. 28. Bozrah rebellious, evil city
  29. 29. Jerusalem God’s righteous city
  30. 30. Edom = final enemy
  31. 31. sacrifice payment for sin
  32. 32. why?
  33. 33. judgement on opposition to God
  34. 34. result of God’s holiness
  35. 35. result of human sinfulness
  36. 36. We think that idols are bad things, but that is almost never the case. The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect that it can satisfy our deepest needs and hopes. Anything can serve as a counterfeit god, especially the very best things in life. Tim Keller 36
  37. 37. We love idols. We trust idols. We obey idols. We look to idols to love us and provide value, beauty, sense of significance and worth. Tim Keller 37
  38. 38. cataclysmic judgement
  39. 39. utter desolation 34:10–12
  40. 40. inhabited only by wild animals and demons 34:10–17
  41. 41. everlasting judgement
  42. 42. measured judgement
  43. 43. Hell is just a freely chosen identity, based on something else besides God, going on for ever. Tim Keller
  44. 44. It’s not a question of God ‘sending’ us to Hell. In each of us there is something growing up which will of itself be Hell unless it is nipped in the bud. The matter is serious: let us put ourselves in His hands at once – this very day, this hour. C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock
  45. 45. JOY IS COMING
  46. 46. joy for the wilderness
  47. 47. transformed world
  48. 48. end of decay = end of sin
  49. 49. joy for the weak
  50. 50. encouragement to be strong
  51. 51. why?
  52. 52. Behold your God . . .
  53. 53. Behold your God . . . will come with vengeance
  54. 54. Behold your God . . . will come to save you
  55. 55. In that day they will say, ‘Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.’ Isaiah 29:5
  56. 56. joy for the suffering
  57. 57. opening of eyes and ears
  58. 58. renewal of nature
  59. 59. joy for God’s people
  60. 60. highway = way of holiness
  61. 61. highway for people who trust God
  62. 62. everlasting joy
  63. 63. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Isaiah 35:10
  64. 64. A CHOICE TO BE MADE

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