Christian Fellowship Church 900 Starkey Road, Largo, FL.33771
Dec.6-2020 Theme: Book of Isaiah.
Teacher: Mary Mayko.
“SIN, JUDGMENT, and RESTORATION”
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when times of refreshment shall come from the presence of the LORD.” Acts 3:19.
Isaiah was a prophet of the LORD and Advisor to four Kings of Israel. He boldly challenged the people to repent of their sins and serve the LORD, not idols! Isaiah prophesied of a glorious future and hope for the faithful people of the LORD, but also warned the nation and people that God has and will judge Nations as well as individuals! Jesus and New testament writers quoted Isaiah, many of his prophesies were fulfilled by Jesus coming to earth! With the witness of the Father Son and Holy Spirit, true prophesy will come to pass. Much of prophesy has already been fulfilled by Jesus when He came as Messiah, first to the people of Israel and yet to all mankind!
Isaiah was Advisor to four kings for over fifty years. Isaiah records the heart of God’s love for man and His provision of salvation for all who will come to Him! Isaiah also records a glorious future and hope for those who remain faithful to our LORD and Savior! Isaiah also recorded Israel’s cycle of disobedience, rebellion and idolatry! Just as God offered deliverance and salvation unto man, He also warned of His Avenging power and anger that will surely fall on those who refuse to repent! Sin always has a consequence! God’s desire is not to punish but to redeem, but is only available for those who truly repent and turn from sinful lifestyles! Isaiah was a powerful voice, calling on people to repent and be restored unto the LORD!
SINS of a NATION! Isaiah 1:1-15, 21-23. Through Isaiah, God describes His people as those who forgot His goodness and mercy, and chose to go their own way, and do their own thing! (sounds like many people today!) God says of them they are worse than animals who know their masters and obey them. Yet God’s people were described as a sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evil doers and corrupters!” Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” True then, and true today! It is only the mercy of God that delivers us from sin and saves us today! His grace embraces all who will come to Him! If it had not been for a remnant who faithfully served the LORD, God could have destroyed the entire nation of Israel!
Isaiah challenges kings and rulers who had great influence on their people to return to the LORD! When a heart is hard and rebellious, they can offer sacrifices and appear to worship the LORD, yet if their heart was full of sin, all they offered to God was useless! If they were guilty of murder, oppressing the poor, stubborn and hypocrisy, God would not hear them, nor forgive their sins! 1 Sam.15:22-23 “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry!” At one time Israel had been faithful to God! Then He accepted her praises, their hearts were pure and devotion to Him was true! Their reputation had been as righteous and faithful! Now God rebuked them through Isaiah, saying the Holy City was now a harlot, now an unfaithful people! Isa.1:22. (James 1:26-27)
“CALL TO REPENTANCE AND CLEANSING!” Isaiah 1:16-20. The purification would require a cleansing of sinful ways, to recognize their wickedness and confess sins and turn away from it to God and obeying Him! (Ps.51:2-4) There is redemption to a heart that is open to God to receive His grace and forgiveness! God sees all and knows all and nothing can be hidden from Him! He can enable us as we forsake sins to walk in holy ways that please Him! As we walk with Him, we will live well, take our stand against evil and show kindness to others. We are to be just/ fair in our dealings with others.
Isa.1:18 “Come, let us reason together.” The word “Come” in the Bible means God is inviting us to come unto Him! God does for us what no man can do for himself! He provides forgiveness for those who humble themselves and repent! God’s pardon means He removes the sin from us and never reminds us of them again! Isaiah’s use of “white as wool” for our soul declares and affirms the total forgiveness of our sins when we come to our LORD with a pure heart. (Heb. 9:13-14) God forgives us but those who refuse to come to Him will face divine judgment! Sin is costly! Isa. 1:19-20. Do not ignore God’s warnings! Its’ our choice, blessed or punishment!
“JUDGMENT AND RESTORATION PROMISED! Isa.1:24-31 & 2:1-5. God shows Himself as merciful to His people, calls Himself the “Holy One of Israel!” When He deals with His enemies, He calls Himself the Mighty One! No one who opposes Him is able to stand against Him! He will pour out His wrath upon them and take vengeance just as He promised! Isa.1:24. (Ekez.5:13) The LORD will restore those with mercy when they turn to Him in faithfulness! Zion (Judah/Jerusalem) will be redeemed in God’s perfect time! The price for justice was paid on Calvary by Christ! He redeems and purifies a people for Himself! Isa. 1:27-31. (Titus 2:1-14)
We will walk in the Light! Isa.2:1-5. Come! Let us go up the mountain of the LORD! He will teach us of His ways We will walk in His paths! Isaiah spoke of a time he called “the latter days” “The time of Messiah! Which will occur when our Lord and King Christ Jesus will rule the earth from Jerusalem for 1000 years! Nations will flow into Jerusalem with joy! War weapons will be turned into plowshares or useful implements in place of the wars, and there will be peace! We are called by God to walk in the Light of our LORD and Savior, our blessed Redeemer Christ Jesus! We have a glorious hope and future! Stay faithful!
Mary Mayko is Christian Fellowship's Adult Sunday School Teacher, Church Elder and one of our counselors. Mary also has the pulpit one Tuesday night a month to deliver Gods Word. She has penned inspirational poetry and writings for over 30 years.
I TRUST THESE SCRIPTURES AND WRITINGS WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR HEART AND BUILD YOUR FAITH AS YOU READ THROUGH THEM! Our prayer for this website is that it continues to be a source of encouragement and blessings to all who have stopped by for a visit with us! Mary Mayko
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