Jottings – The Kernel of Every National Problem is How People Relate to God

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Commenting on Isaiah 1:10-20

 

Isaiah turns now to the religious life of the nation. The placing of this topic between his review of national fortunes (2–9) and social conditions (21–23) is significant. The kernel of every national problem is how people relate to God. They cannot be right anywhere if they are wrong here.

 

J. Alec Motyer, Isaiah: An Introduction and Commentary, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, Vol. 20. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), 51.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Devotional – God’s Strange Work

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“You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.” Micah 7:18 NIV

“The LORD will rise up… to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.” Isaiah 28:21 NIV

God does not delight in executing judgement, rather God delights in showcasing His mercy. Isaiah describes judgement as God’s ‘strange work’ and as God’s ‘alien task.’ Peter reminds us that God’s desire is for ‘everyone to come to repentance.’ God is patient and longsuffering! God does not want any to perish in their sins!

Have you ever heard a ‘hell fire and brimstone’ sermon that went so far as to say God enjoys punishing sinners? Unfortunately, I have. For a preacher, or anyone else, to outright say or imply that God enjoys judgement is to misrepresent God’s character. The thought that God enjoys sending guilty sinners to Hell should make us recoil in horror. His delight is not in judgement; His delight is in mercy! Even His angles rejoice (Luke 15:10) when a guilty sinner repents!

Yes, God hates sin but He absolutely loves the sinner. How can we know this is true? We can know by looking at the cross of Jesus Christ! God sent His Son to suffer and to die on the cross so He could rightously display His mercy by forgiving repentant sinners.

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Editorial note: Originally published July 17, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Jottings – Evidences of Genuine Conversion

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Commenting on Isaiah 1:26

 

It will be all God’s doing. God’s justifying grace in Christ leads to righteousness and steadfastness in the lives of the justified. These are the evidences of genuine conversion.

 

W. E. Vine, Collected Writings of W.E. Vine: Isaiah. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996). Electronic edition (Logos); no pagination.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – The Future: Friend or Foe?

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Commenting on Isaiah 35:

 

The future is your friend when Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord.

 

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Comforted (Isaiah), “Be” Commentary Series (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 89.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Florida Mens Bible Study

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The Florida Mens Bible Study is a time of rigorous Bible study ideally suited for serious minded brethren. This annual Bible study comes highly rated by prior participants. If you are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of God’s word this event is for you.

Who: Serious minded men
What: Intensive Bible study
Topic: The Book of Isaiah (first half)
Teachers: Randy Amos, Keith Keyser, Larry Price, Henry Sardiña
Where: Camp Horizon, Leesburg FL, USA
Why: To gain insight into God’s Word and increase our appreciation of God’s Son and God’s mind as revealed in Scripture.
When: January 4-8, 2016

Conference website: Florida Mens Bible Study

 

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Jottings – Do Not Put Yourself Outside of the Circle of Those Who Crucified Him

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Referring to Isaiah 53:4-6 ~

 

Do not put yourself outside of the circle of those who crucified Him.

 

Beers, Tim. Sermon. North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA. May 31, 2015

 

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Jottings – His Holiness

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Speaking of Isaiah 6:3 – “His holiness is… His unapproachable and unique moral majesty before which sinful humankind instinctively quakes (Judges 6:22; 13:22). Secondly, just as holiness is the ‘whole truth’ about God himself, so it is the ‘whole truth’ about His immanence in creation: the whole earth is full of his glory. Holiness is the Lord’s hidden glory; glory is the Lord’s omnipresent holiness.”

J. Alec Motyer, Isaiah: An Introduction and Commentary. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, Vol. 20. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 81.

 

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