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Isa 42:16 (6): “Entering The Unknown By Faith”

SIH TOTT ICON(“The Lord promises He will care for us in our future situations. He will not turn His back to us.”)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Folks, as the New Year comes upon us, we are reminded that we are embarking on a new part of our life’s journey that is filled with many unknowns. These unknown events can challenge a Christian’s faith to its very core. This is the reason that I felt it was important to take a few devotional lessons and address keys to “Entering The Unknown By Faith”.

In this six part devotional series, we will be looking at Isaiah 42:16. This is a wonderful text to use in this devotional series. In this series, we will learn about how to handle unforeseen, challenging life events based upon our trust in the Lord and His enabling graces.

Lord willing, by His grace alone, we will be uncovering the wisdom found in God’s Word that will help us to handle all the “unknowns” that this New Year will hold for us.

Our devotionals will be looking at:

1. Dec 26th – Our Uncertain Future…. Faith Is The Key!
2. Dec 27th – Our Blindness To The Events Our Future Holds
3. Dec 28th – Our Future Holds Events We Have Never Experienced
4. Dec 29th – Our Future Is Revealed To Us One Event At A Time… In The Lord’s Time
5. Dec 30th – Our Future Events May Be Hard To Maneuver But The Lord Straightens Them Out
6. Dec 31st – Our Lord Will Care For Us Every Passing Day

May the Lord bless our study!

TODAY’S TEXTS:

Isa 42:16 KJV

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

The Lord promises He will care for us in our future situations. He will not turn His back to us.

Isa 42:16d KJV – “These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.”

Throughout this series, we have seen the Lord make a series of promises to His people….
1. “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not;”- He will lead us into situations we cannot foresee
2. “I will lead them in paths that they have not known:” – He will lead us into situations we are not experienced to handle
3. “I will make darkness light before them,” – He will reveal to us our future events in His way and in His time.
4. “I will make…crooked things straight.” – The Lord will clear the way for us to victoriously serve Him in the midst of situations

And His final promises made in this text is:

5. “These things will I do unto them” – to keep His previous promises
6. “and not forsake them” – and to not abandon us

What a blessing it is for us to know He affirms these are promises that we can rely upon and He will not leave us destitute when the future difficult events of life come upon us…

A. Our Lord is in absolute control of our lives and every event that enters into them.

Isa 46:10 KJV- “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”

B. Everything that will take place will be either sent or allowed to come into our lives and they will result in our benefit and His glory.

Rom 8:28 KJV – ”And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

C. He will never walk away from us or turn His back on us. He will always be there every step of the way.

Heb 13:5 KJV – “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, as we enter into this New Year, if we have a living relationship with the Lord God, Jesus Christ, we have nothing to fear, nor do we have reason to be anxious or concerned… He has promised us these things and reaffirmed them to us several times in His Word. We can count on Him to keep these promises to us.

May the Lord bless each one of us with His grace and peace as we enter this New Year trusting Him every step of the way!

Psa 25:4-7 KJV –
“Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.”

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Isa 42:16 (5): “Entering The Unknown By Faith”

SIH TOTT ICON(“Our Future Events May Be Hard To Maneuver But The Lord Will Straighten Them Out”)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Folks, as the New Year comes upon us, we are reminded that we are embarking on a new part of our life’s journey that is filled with many unknowns. These unknown events can challenge a Christian’s faith to its very core. This is the reason that I felt it was important to take a few devotional lessons and address keys to “Entering The Unknown By Faith”.

In this six part devotional series, we will be looking at Isaiah 42:16. This is a wonderful text to use in this devotional series. In this series, we will learn about how to handle unforeseen, challenging life events based upon our trust in the Lord and His enabling graces.

Lord willing, by His grace alone, we will be uncovering the wisdom found in God’s Word that will help us to handle all the “unknowns” that this New Year will hold for us.

Our devotionals will be looking at:

1. Dec 26th – Our Uncertain Future…. Faith Is The Key!
2. Dec 27th – Our Blindness To The Events Our Future Holds
3. Dec 28th – Our Future Holds Events We Have Never Experienced
4. Dec 29th – Our Future Is Revealed To Us One Event At A Time… In The Lord’s Time
5. Dec 30th – Our Future Events May Be Hard To Maneuver But The Lord Straightens Them Out
6. Dec 31st – Our Lord Will Care For Us Every Passing Day

May the Lord bless our study!

TODAY’S TEXTS:

Isa 42:16 KJV

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Our Future Events May Be Hard To Maneuver But The Lord Will Straighten Them Out

Isa 42:16d KJV – “I will make … crooked things straight.”

The New Year will hold situations that make the course of our lives very difficult to negotiate. At times, our paths will be so twisted, we will not be able to see where it is taking us; at other times, it will be so confusing, we will not know what our next step should be.

These types of situations require faith in our Lord, His sovereignty in allowing this situation upon us, His ability to grace us with His leadership, His enablement allowing us to be profitable in His service, and His intervention to remove any roadblocks that stand in our way …

Isa 48:17 KJV – “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.”

Isa 45:2 KJV – “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:”

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For the Christian, it is these twisted times of life that cause us to recognize our vast inabilities and our need of Christ every step of the way…

1Jn 4:4 KJV – “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

As we begin this New Year, let us enter it with a Godly attitude of humility and appreciation for His enabling graces during the crooked times of our lives.

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Isa 42:16 (4): “Entering The Unknown By Faith”

SIH TOTT ICON(“Our future will be revealed to us one event at a time”)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Folks, as the New Year comes upon us, we are reminded that we are embarking on a new part of our life’s journey that is filled with many unknowns. These unknown events can challenge a Christian’s faith to its very core. This is the reason that I felt it was important to take a few devotional lessons and address keys to “Entering The Unknown By Faith”.

In this six part devotional series, we will be looking at Isaiah 42:16. This is a wonderful text to use in this devotional series. In this series, we will learn about how to handle unforeseen, challenging life events based upon our trust in the Lord and His enabling graces.

Lord willing, by His grace alone, we will be uncovering the wisdom found in God’s Word that will help us to handle all the “unknowns” that this New Year will hold for us.

Our devotionals will be looking at:

1. Dec 26th – Our Uncertain Future…. Faith Is The Key!
2. Dec 27th – Our Blindness To The Events Our Future Holds
3. Dec 28th – Our Future Holds Events We Have Never Experienced
4. Dec 29th – Our Future Is Revealed To Us One Event At A Time… In The Lord’s Time
5. Dec 30th – Our Future Events May Be Hard To Maneuver But The Lord Straightens Them Out
6. Dec 31st – Our Lord Will Care For Us Every Passing Day

May the Lord bless our study!

TODAY’S TEXTS:

Isa 42:16 KJV

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Our future will be revealed to us one event at a time

Isa 42:16c KJV – “I will make darkness light before them”

The Lord promises that He will reveal what lies ahead for us in His time and in His way. What a blessing that is for each of us! The Lord, who knows what our tomorrow holds, would only allow us to face our trials in life after He had worked in our hearts, matured us, and strengthened us in preparation for the trial that was to come.

1Pe 5:10 KJV – “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”

Keep in mind, there is a very good reason why we are not able to see what the future holds, for many of us, it would be a burden too great to bear. Stop and think about it. Picture yourself, when you were young, what would it have been like to have revealed to you all of the trials you would face during your lifetime. WOW! Would it not have been too much to bear? For me that would have been the case.

I am so thankful the Lord allowed many of my trials to remain hidden from me until the time came for me to face them. It allowed me to enjoy my life prior to the trial and allow me to concentrate on the Lord and His service rather than being constantly obsessed with the future and what trials I would have to face.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, we need to thank the Lord for not being able to know what the future holds for us. Although we know He will be with us every step of the way, if we know all the trials and heartaches that would be coming our way, it would be very difficult indeed.

Likewise, we need to be thankful that the Lord DOES know what our future holds for us. In that way, secretly, He is able to prepare us for what is to take place while still keeping us from days, weeks, or years of anxiety anticipating the trials that are yet to take place. Then, when His timing is right and His secret work of preparation was complete, He then allows the trial to come and accompanies us every step of the way.

What a wonderful Lord we serve. It is this same Lord that is constantly at work in our lives, preparing us for what lies ahead. He will lead and guide us every step for the way as we enter the New Year and the unknown events that it holds for us.

Job 23:8-10 KJV – “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

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Isa 42:16 (3): “Entering The Unknown By Faith”

SIH TOTT ICON(“Our future holds events that we have never experienced”)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Folks, as the New Year comes upon us, we are reminded that we are embarking on a new part of our life’s journey that is filled with many unknowns. These unknown events can challenge a Christian’s faith to its very core. This is the reason that I felt it was important to take a few devotional lessons and address keys to “Entering The Unknown By Faith”.

In this six part devotional series, we will be looking at Isaiah 42:16. This is a wonderful text to use in this devotional series. In this series, we will learn about how to handle unforeseen, challenging life events based upon our trust in the Lord and His enabling graces.

Lord willing, by His grace alone, we will be uncovering the wisdom found in God’s Word that will help us to handle all the “unknowns” that this New Year will hold for us.

Our devotionals will be looking at:

1. Dec 26th – Our Uncertain Future…. Faith Is The Key!
2. Dec 27th – Our Blindness To The Events Our Future Holds
3. Dec 28th – Our Future Holds Events We Have Never Experienced
4. Dec 29th – Our Future Is Revealed To Us One Event At A Time… In The Lord’s Time
5. Dec 30th – Our Future Events May Be Hard To Maneuver But The Lord Straightens Them Out
6. Dec 31st – Our Lord Will Care For Us Every Passing Day

May the Lord bless our study!

TODAY’S TEXTS:

Isa 42:16 KJV

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Our future holds events that we have never experienced”

Isa 42:16b KJV – “I will lead them in paths that they have not known:”

In this section of Scripture, we can see a very basic truth that we all have experienced in our lives on earth…

Our future holds events of which we not have prior experience.

As we progress through our lives, we all will face situations of which we have no previous life experience. In many cases, these are the most fearful of all situations we must face.

It is one thing to face a situation of which we are experienced and have a basic idea of how to successfully proceed; but, it is entirely different to face a dilemma which comes upon us unexpectedly and we have no past life experience to guide us.

When we go through these times of inexperience, uncertainty, and anxiety, we are reminded of our inability and great need of our Lord. But beyond working humility in our lives, it also reminds us that experience is a wonderful, and in many cases, unappreciated gift from God. Experience provides us with much wisdom and understanding of how to fulfill God’s will for us as we pass through life’s difficulties. Experience supplies boldness and confidence in the face of difficult life issues.

Job 12:12 KJV – “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.”

With age comes experience and with experience comes wisdom and understanding. This is why Solomon points to gray head as one that has great value and honor…

Pro 16:31 KJV – “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.”

Pro 20:29 KJV – “The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.”

There are many of us that look at old age as a burden to be borne and a hindrance to Christian service, but from the standpoint of experience and wisdom, old age is actually a great blessing that can enhance our service to God.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

When we are faced with unfamiliar life problems, we should always remember this is a wonderful opportunity for the Lord to teach us much needed wisdom in this area. Then, with that wisdom we will be able to deal with similar circumstances in the future, as well as help others who are faced with the same type of life situations.

Gaining experience in dealing with life’s problems should be looked upon as a great blessing with a heart of gratitude for the Lord leading us into this new life issue, thereby gaining valuable tools to help us and others as we live our lives for Him.

Pro 4:5-7 KJV – “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

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Isa 42:16 (2): “Entering The Unknown By Faith”

SIH TOTT ICON(“Our Blindness To The Events Our Future Holds”)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Folks, as the New Year comes upon us, we are reminded that we are embarking on a new part of our life’s journey that is filled with many unknowns. These unknown events can challenge a Christian’s faith to its very core. This is the reason that I felt it was important to take a few devotional lessons and address keys to “Entering The Unknown By Faith”.

In this six part devotional series, we will be looking at Isaiah 42:16. This is a wonderful text to use in this devotional series. In this series, we will learn about how to handle unforeseen, challenging life events based upon our trust in the Lord and His enabling graces.

Lord willing, by His grace alone, we will be uncovering the wisdom found in God’s Word that will help us to handle all the “unknowns” that this New Year will hold for us.

Our devotionals will be looking at:

1. Dec 26th – Our Uncertain Future…. Faith Is The Key!
2. Dec 27th – Our Blindness To The Events Our Future Holds
3. Dec 28th – Our Future Holds Events We Have Never Experienced
4. Dec 29th – Our Future Is Revealed To Us One Event At A Time… In The Lord’s Time
5. Dec 30th – Our Future Events May Be Hard To Maneuver But The Lord Straightens Them Out
6. Dec 31st – Our Lord Will Care For Us Every Passing Day

May the Lord bless our study!

TODAY’S TEXTS:

Isa 42:16 KJV

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Our Blindness To The Events Our Future Holds…

Isa 42:16a KJV – “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not…”

This part of our text gives us a two-fold promise from the Lord…

Promise #1 – “The Blind By A Way That They Knew Not”… There will be times when we will face paths that are unfamiliar to us:

Folks, due to our humanity, we are blinded to life’s unfamiliar, stressful, circumstances that await us. Although we cannot foresee them, they should not surprise us when they occur, for they are a part of living in this fallen world.

These unexpected life events cause anxiety and tensions within us. These worrisome times are trials upon any Christian’s faith. However, although they are some of the most difficult times in our lives, they can also be some of the most profitable as well.

The Apostles Peter and James explain to us that, when we face trying times in our lives, they are blessings in disguise, producing spiritual growth, fruit bearing, and reaping eternal rewards for us…

Jas 1:2-4 KJV – “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

1Pe 1:6-7 KJV – “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”

These are the hidden purposes behind the many stressful times that enter every Christian’s life.

Promise #2 – “I will bring” … The Lord will be the One that will bring us to these unfamiliar paths in our lives.

Bringing us into ways we do not know is an act of God’s grace and an act of His hand of blessing in our lives.

Is there anyone among us that desires a closer walk with the Lord? From our previous experiences, we know that it is during the unexpected, trying times in our lives that we are brought to a closer relationship with the Lord. It is during these same times that we learn to more diligently seek His will as revealed in His Word, and turn ourselves over to a more complete reliance upon Him…

Psa 119:67-68 KJV – “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.”

Our Lord loves us so much He allows unforeseen trials to enter our lives to bring (or keep) us closer to Him and grow in strength and knowledge. He does it to be of long-term benefit to His people. This is why our Lord actually leads us into these unexpected times of our lives… He is working for our good and His glory.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Just a personal note… Over the years of my lifetime, I have learned that, in some cases, the ending of a trial in my life does not necessarily mean that “better times are ahead”. On the contrary, sometimes the end of one trial was the prerequisite to a greater trial that would swiftly come my way.

Although, at the time, facing a consistent stream of trials seemed to be overwhelming and even unfair; I now realize that many times the Lord bought the earlier trials in my life to prepare me for the greater trial that was to come. Without these preliminary smaller trials, I would not have been spiritually strong enough to handle the greater trial that I was destined to face.

Please always keep this in mind…. As we pass through each surprising difficulty in life one of two principles is at play. Either, it is the Lord wanting to bring us closer to Him so we can live a more useful, blessed, peaceful life in the near future; or else, He is graciously equipping us for a greater trial that is yet to come, that otherwise would be far too great for us to bear.

In either case, the Lord leading us into this time of unpredictable hardship is an act of His grace, working in our lives what is for our good and securing for us eternal rewards as we faithfully walk through our life’s trials with Him.

May we all look ahead to the unknown events of this New Year without fear. Instead let’s look ahead with joy, confidence and faith knowing our Lord will be with us and enabling and caring for us every step of the way as He brings us closer to Him and enables us to handle any hardship that may come our way.

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Isa 42:16 (1): “Entering The Unknown By Faith”

SIH TOTT ICON(Introduction – “Our Uncertain Future…. Faith Is The Key!”)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Folks, as the New Year comes upon us, we are reminded that we are embarking on a new part of our life’s journey that is filled with many unknowns.  These unknown events can challenge a Christian’s faith to its very core.  This is the reason that I felt it was important to take a few devotional lessons and address keys to “Entering The Unknown By Faith”.

In this six part devotional series, we will be looking at Isaiah 42:16. This is a wonderful text to use in this devotional series. In this series, we will learn about how to handle unforeseen, challenging life events based upon our trust in the Lord and His enabling graces.

Lord willing, by His grace alone, we will be uncovering the wisdom found in God’s Word that will help us to handle all the “unknowns” that this New Year will hold for us.

Our devotionals will be looking at:

1. Dec 26th – Our Uncertain Future…. Faith Is The Key!
2. Dec 27th – Our Blindness To The Events Our Future Holds
3. Dec 28th – Our Future Holds Events We Have Never Experienced
4. Dec 29th – Our Future Is Revealed To Us One Event At A Time… In The Lord’s Time
5. Dec 30th – Our Future Events May Be Hard To Maneuver But The Lord Straightens Them Out
6. Dec 31st – Our Lord Will Care For Us Every Passing Day

May the Lord bless our study!

TODAY’S TEXTS:

Isa 42:16 KJV; Isa 43:1-2 KJV; Mat 6:25-34 KJV; Heb 11:8 KJV; Jas 4:13-14 KJV;

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Our Uncertain Future… Faith Is The Key!

Folks, as we begin this series I just wanted to remind us of the four basic principles we will be emphasizing in this devotional series…

 

Principle #1 – We cannot know what tomorrow holds…

Jas 4:13-14 KJV – “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

 

Principle #2 – The Lord promises that He will be with us and enable us as we face the coming unknown events in our lives…

Isa 42:16 KJV – “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.”

 

Principle #3 – The key to handling the coming, unknown, events in life is our trust in the Lord and His promise of care that He made to us…

Mat 6:25-34 KJV – “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

 

Principle #4 Faith in the Lord is what allows us to remain faithful to the Lord as we step out into the unknown.

Heb 11:8 KJV – “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”

These are the four principles that will prepare us the unknown events that this New Year will hold for each one of us.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all look ahead to the unknown events of this New Year without fear. Instead let’s look ahead with joy, confidence and faith knowing our Lord will be with us and enabling and caring for us every step of the way!

Isa 43:1-2 KJV – “But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

May the Lord graciously bless us as we embark on this devotional series.

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I Am The Lord: That Is My Name

SIH STSTA ICONOn a recent broadcast of the “In Touch” TV program (www.intouch.org), I heard a song entitled “God Of The Ages”.   It is a beautiful, Scriptural song (it is based upon Colossians chapter 1) declaring our Lord as the God of the Ages.

As I listened to this song it brought to my mind the following verses from Isa 42:…

Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Let’s take a few minutes to see what these verses of Scripture teach us about our wonderful Lord and Savior!

THE SCRIPTURES:

Isa 42:5-12 (KJV)

5) Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

6) I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

7) To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

8) I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

9) Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

10) Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

11) Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up [their voice], the villages [that] Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.

12) Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.

 THE STUDY:

Isaiah’s Description of the Lord…

 Isa 42:5-12 (KJV)

Before Isaiah delivers God’s message to the people of Judah, he emphasizes the greatness of the author of this message….

 5) Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

Isaiah emphasizes three workings of this great God…

1)   He is Creator of All  – he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that  spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it

2)   He gives us Physical Life – he that giveth breath unto the people upon it

3)   He gives us Spiritual Life. – and spirit to them that walk therein:

What This Lord Has Done For Us (By Sending Christ on Our Behalf)…

Isaiah now delivers God’s message to the people.  The message beings with a reminder of all the Lord has done for us when He sent His Son to save us…

6) I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

7) To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

The Workings of the Father IN the Son…

1)   The sinlessness of His Son – I the LORD have called thee in righteousness,

2)   The Father’s accompanying of His Son – and will hold thine hand,

3)   The Father’s protection of His Son – and will keep thee,

 The Workings of the Father THROUGH the Son…

1)   The Father’s eternal plan of salvation based upon the work of the Son – and give thee for a covenant of the people,

2)   The Father’s giving of Truth through the Son – for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes,

3)   The Father’s liberation from sin’s bondage through the Son – to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

 How Can We Show Him Our Appreciation?….

 Based on who He is and what He has done for us in sending Christ on our behalf;  how do we show Him our appreciation?

 

1)    By putting Him first in our lives… I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

  1. “Lord” – Master, Ruler, Authority Holder

2)    By recognizing His greatness –  Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare:

3)    By recognizing what He does for us Before they spring forth I tell you of them.

4)    By verbally declaring His greatness and workings to all mankind, everywhere Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.  Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up [their voice], the villages [that] Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.

5)    Making Him shine in the eyes of others through our actions – Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.

  1. Glory – to give great importance to
  2. Praise – to make shine in the eyes of others 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who have received the Lord’s gracious offer of salvation, let us serve Him with our whole heart realizing what a great God we serve.

Now that we have seen how our Gracious, Loving Heavenly Father has sent His Son to the earth for the sake of His people…. Our need is to accept this message by faith and turn to the Lord to receive forgiveness and spiritual life.

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May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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