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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.

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 Isaiah 34-35 Presentation Transcript

    • The Joy of Salvation Isaiah 34 – 35
    • What matters more to you than anything else?
    • JUDGEMENT JOY
    • JUDGEMENT IS COMING
    • 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
    • Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken . . . Isaiah 1:2
    • Hezekiah after 716 BC before 701 BC
    • looking further
    • 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
    • summons for sentencing
    • four explanations
    • for the LORD is angry . . . 34:2
    • for my sword has drunk its fill . . . 34:5
    • for the LORD has a sacrifice . . . 34:6
    • for the LORD has a day of vengeance . . . 34:8
    • angry with all nations 34:2
    • . . . wrath is on all their armies 34:2
    • sentence: total destruction
    • why?
    • 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
    • judgement on stars?
    • stars = heavens stars = heavens = gods
    • 3 main Babylonian gods represented by sky not stars
    • final judgement on other gods
    • judgement on Edom
    • Map
    • 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
    • Bozrah rebellious, evil city
    • Jerusalem God’s righteous city
    • Edom = final enemy
    • sacrifice payment for sin
    • why?
    • judgement on opposition to God
    • result of God’s holiness
    • result of human sinfulness
    • 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
    • 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
    • cataclysmic judgement
    • utter desolation 34:10–12
    • inhabited only by wild animals and demons 34:10–17
    • everlasting judgement
    • measured judgement
    • Hell is just a freely chosen identity, based on something else besides God, going on for ever. Tim Keller
    • 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
    • JOY IS COMING
    • joy for the wilderness
    • transformed world
    • end of decay = end of sin
    • joy for the weak
    • encouragement to be strong
    • why?
    • Behold your God . . .
    • Behold your God . . . will come with vengeance
    • Behold your God . . . will come to save you
    • 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
    • joy for the suffering
    • opening of eyes and ears
    • renewal of nature
    • joy for God’s people
    • highway = way of holiness
    • highway for people who trust God
    • everlasting joy
    • 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
    • A CHOICE TO BE MADE