Zion will not have to suffer too long


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Zion will not have to suffer too long before the nation is born: God's promise in the midst of crisis.

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Zion will not have to suffer too long

  1. 1. Isaiah 66 vs. 8 Mutyasira Vine [email_address]
  2. 2. <ul><li>A time Judah is threatened by its powerful neighbour, Assyria </li></ul><ul><li>Assyria as an instrumental check to Israel's behaviour, to demolish pride, arrogance and idolatry (2 vs 17, 8vs 7, 10 vs 5) </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah realises the real threat to Judah's life was not the Assyrians but the nation’s own sin and disobedience to God (1vs 4, 21). </li></ul><ul><li>What was Isaiah's mission? To preach the gospel of repentance, justice and righteousness (also acts ) </li></ul><ul><li>Having laid the groundwork for repentance, the prophet foresees a time of peace, prosperity and punishment of Israel's enemies (Babylon, Assyria, Egypt). </li></ul>01/24/12 Vine Mutyasira
  3. 3. <ul><li>Rebellion against God brings misfortune </li></ul><ul><li>Israel's survival dependent on loyalty to God, disobedience is a recipe for all kinds of suffering </li></ul><ul><li>God is always ready to save his people, whenever they repent and humble themselves (if my people, no weapon (54 vs 17), raise standard against enemy) </li></ul><ul><li>In a time of calamity, Isaiah still preached a gospel of hope & foresaw peace and prosperity: </li></ul><ul><li>Our hope and vision should not be eroded by our environs (people perish by lack of vision, Joseph retained hope of Kingship though in the pity) </li></ul>01/24/12 Vine Mutyasira
  4. 4. <ul><li>Judah was now in exile in Babylon, hopes of the promised prosperity now virtually over </li></ul><ul><li>The battle was now about overcoming the temptations of worshiping foreign gods, keeping purity. But how, given the tense and difficult state (psalms 137 vs 1, Daniel 6 vs 10) </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah reminds the people that God had great plans for them, plans to make them prosper & plans not to harm them (52 vs 1-2, 54 vs 10) </li></ul><ul><li>God respects his covenant with our father Abraham, with whom we’re connected through faith & Christ (51 vs 1-2) </li></ul><ul><li>Key message: ‘... Do what is just and right, for soon I will save you’ ( 56vs 1) </li></ul>01/24/12 Vine Mutyasira
  5. 5. <ul><li>The nine months are over, a time for birth is now (55 vs 12) </li></ul><ul><li>God reassures the people of his willingness and ability to deliver his promises </li></ul><ul><li>Its not about whom you think is best positioned to turnaround the tables (51 vs 5, 18) </li></ul><ul><li>The Lord is taking away the cup of punishment (51 vs 22-23) </li></ul><ul><li>The messenger of God is bring good tidings, anticipate & embrace him (52 vs 7-10, 60 vs 1- & 61 vs 1-) </li></ul><ul><li>The Lord shall lead &protect us towards a new era, but please don't drag with you the unholy traits of Babylon (52 vs 12, 11), 57 vs 21 </li></ul>01/24/12 Vine Mutyasira
  6. 6. 01/24/12 Vine Mutyasira They are my people I will heal my people I will comfort mourners Your joy will last forever I will bring you to lasting prosperity, the wealth of nations will flow to you like a river, never runs dry. (66 vs 12) I will reward my people God’s holy people
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