Sermon Songs: Revelation 15-16


Hear the conquerors in Christ sing, To the Lord God Almighty
Amazing and great is our King, To Him all must bend the knee
He is righteous, He is holy
God’s just wrath is coming soon

Sores and blood and fire and darkness; Coming war, earthquake, and hail
Come against all unrighteousness, Satan’s kingdom soon will fail
Repent of sin, Cling to Jesus
God’s just wrath is coming soon

To the tune of “Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending”

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Reflections on Isaiah 43-48

Isaiah reminds the people that there is only one true God who will restore them.

  • One True God – Again and again we read that there is only one true God. Idols are folly.  None can stop God when he acts.  God is the Creator who made us for his glory.  He is with us so we need not fear.  How does the presence of the one true God give you courage?  How are you living for his glory?
  • God Our Savior – God promises to save Israel by raising up a man named Cyrus to bring the people back to the land (44:28-45:1). This prediction is given over 100 years before the Persian king Cyrus is born, and Cyrus does indeed let the people return to the land. Truly God is in control, and he moves for the good of his people.  Praise the Lord!
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Reflections on Isaiah 40-42

Isaiah predicted that Babylon would come back in chapter 39.  Now he begins to speak words of comfort and hope to those who will be taken into captivity.

  • Great God – None can compare to God. The nations and rulers are as nothing before him.  Idols are foolish.  This great God can help us, strengthen us, and uphold us (41:10).  Look to him in your trouble.  And praise your great God.
  • Chosen Servant – Isaiah 42 is the first of four servant songs. God will raise up his chosen servant, and the Spirit will rest upon him (v1).  This servant will bring forth justice (v2, 3, 4).  He will be gentle (v2-3) and will bring healing and restoration (v6-7).  Rejoice, for this servant has come and is coming again – his name is Jesus!
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Classic Quote

OldBooksIt’s not great talents that God blesses, so much as great likeness to Jesus.

–  Robert Murray M‘Cheyne

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Isaiah 40-48: Behold Your God

(44-45) Israel is going to be taken captive by the Babylonians.  Who is God going to raise up, and for what purpose (44:28-45:6)?

God predicted this over 170 years before it happened.  How would this encourage the people of Israel?  How does it encourage you as you think of other predictions from God?

(40-41) To what things is God compared in 40:15-26?  How does God measure up in the comparison?

In what ways can God help us (40:29-31, 41:10)?

How would God’s help comfort Israel in captivity?  Comfort us in our trials?  How should we respond (40:31, 41:10)?

(43-46) What idea is repeated in these verses: 43:10-11; 44:6-7, 24; 45:5-6, 18, 21-22; 46:9?  Why is this important for Israel to grasp in their captivity?  For us to grasp in our daily lives?

(47) What does Babylon claim for itself (v8, 10)?  In what ways are we tempted to act like this?

(41-46) How does God compare to the idols of the nations (41:21-29, 44:9-21, 45:16-20, 46:1-7)?

How does Isaiah’s description of idols in his day also describe the idols of our day?

(43-48) In what ways is God for Israel (43:1-7; 44:21-26; 46:3-4; 48:17-18)?

How would God’s actions for Israel comfort them in their captivity?  Comfort us in our current situations?

(42-45) Who is this servant (42:1-7 Matthew 12:18-21)?  What will he do?  How should we respond (45:22-23, Philippians 2:10-11)?

(40) Who is the one preparing the way of the Lord (v3-9, Matthew 3:1-3)?  Who is this Lord in Isaiah 40?  In Matthew?  Ponder the connection being made!


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Passion Points

Here are some good posts for your weekend reading:

What Is It Like to Enjoy God? – John Piper (DG)
The enjoyment of God is the enjoyment of a Person — not just the enjoyment of a thing, or an idea, or a pattern of actions, or a mysterious force. The ultimate joy of God’s creatures is joy in a Person — joy in God.

10 Things You Should Know about the Resurrection – Adrian Warnock (Crossway)
…every Sunday should be Resurrection Sunday. The reason why the early church began to meet on the first day of the week was to celebrate Jesus’s defeat of death. Imagine what church would be like if we consciously gathered every week to celebrate the resurrection?

You Can Forget to Be Irritated – Scotty Smith (DG)
The more I remember God’s lavish, unwavering, inexhaustible love for us in Jesus, the more I forget to be irritated with others.

Worship as a Feast – Dustin Rouse (FTC)
As worshipers who come to church (this is also true, if not more so, for worship leaders), we need to come hungry. You can go to the nicest restaurant with the best reviews, but if you’re not hungry, you will not want to eat. It doesn’t matter what the meal smells or looks like, if you’re full, you won’t want to partake.

Hope you have a great Lord’s Day!

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A Way of Hating

LovingWayJesusLovesIrritability is the antithesis of charity.  It is not merely a way of complaining, therefore, but actually a way of hating.

– Phil Ryken in Loving the Way Jesus Loves

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Reflections on II Kings 18-20 & II Chronicles 29-32

Hezekiah becomes king of Judah.  Observe:

  • Hold Fast to the Lord – Hezekiah was a rare king who not only did what was right in God’s eyes, but even did it to the extent of David. He tore down all the places of idolatry.  He trusted God and turned to him in trouble.  He followed God and kept his commands.  He walked faithfully before the Lord with his whole heart.  How well does this describe you?
  • Revival – After years of apostasy, Hezekiah led the people back to God. They cleansed the temple, restored the sacrifices and singing, and worshipped the Lord together.  Many people humbled themselves and set their heart to seek the Lord.  How do you need to return to the Lord?
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Not Merely

LovingWayJesusLovesWe are called not merely to put up with people, but also to treat them kindly.

– Phil Ryken in Loving the Way Jesus Loves

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Q&A#6: Verses, Questions, Project

Q: What is the Word of God?
A: The Word of God is his flawless, unchanging, living, and abiding Word to us, consisting of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

Memory Verses
Forever, O Lord, your Word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
– Psalm 119:89

 Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.
– I Peter 1:23

Further Supporting Verses
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
– Proverb 30:5

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
– Luke 24:27

…as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you…as he does in all his letters….  There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
– II Peter 3:15-16

All Scripture is breathed out by God….
– II Timothy 3:16a

 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth….
– John 16:13

Reflection/Discussion Questions
Why is it important to your life that God’s Word is flawless, unchanging, and abiding?

How have you found God’s Word to be alive and active in your life?

How do the supporting verses give you confidence that the Bible really is God’s Word?

Read Psalm 119 and reflect further upon God’s gift of His Word.

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