Isaiah: God Saves Sinners (Preaching the Word) by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

By Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

Isaiah is largely thought of the inner most, richest, and so much theologically major ebook within the previous testomony. it truly is, with no query, a profound assertion via God approximately his personal sovereignty and majesty spoken via his selected spokesman, the prophet Isaiah.

In this expository observation at the ebook of Isaiah, Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., argues that Isaiah imparts a unmarried imaginative and prescient of God all through all sixty-six chapters. it's a unified, woven entire featuring God's revelation of himself to mankind, breaking via our pretense and clashing "with our intuitive experience of things." Ortlund makes some extent of man's uninterest in God and his unfailing inclination to disbelief, and therefore the necessity for God to "interrupt our time-honored methods of thinking."

The emphasis of this addition to the Preaching the be aware sequence is that this: God saves sinners. He saves them willfully and powerfully and desires no aid from us, proposing himself in all his unmistakable glory. The message of Isaiah, proven completely and thoughtfully during this remark, will reignite a fondness for the respect of God within the hearts of believers and may current that glory essentially and potently to people who haven't begun to be dropped at saving faith. Part of the Preaching the Word series.

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They make the things they worship. But when the Lord stands forth in unmistakable glory, it will be terrible for those who do not delight in his control and his power. They will see how worthless their most dearly cherished idols really are, and they will have nothing left worth having. Idols are precious. They are always our hard-won silver and gold. That’s why we prize them. They are beautiful, but also contemptible. J. R. R. Tolkien portrayed this in The Lord of the Rings. ” So for Middle-earth to be saved, the ring must be thrown into the fire of Mount Doom and destroyed forever.

8 Thirdly, the prophet discerns pride among the idols (2:20, 21). ” Pride deceives people into assembling an idol-filled culture, because idolatry gives people a feeling of control and power. They make the things they worship. But when the Lord stands forth in unmistakable glory, it will be terrible for those who do not delight in his control and his power. They will see how worthless their most dearly cherished idols really are, and they will have nothing left worth having. Idols are precious.

He’ll explain later. ” (v. ” After all, what is worship? It is drawing near to God, entering into his felt presence. ” But that beautiful thing can be trampled underfoot. Jesus too was offended by the vulgarization of worship (Mark 11:15, 16). When the immediacy of God fades 36 ISAIAH away, no matter how proper our observances may be, God is saying that, to him, such worship has been spoiled as a “trampling of my courts” — it’s just the noise of feet shuffling on the pavement or of car doors slamming in the parking lot.

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