But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness.
None sues or calls in righteousness ; no one goes to law honestly and pleads in truth; they trust in emptiness, worthlessness and futility, and speaking lies! They conceive mischief and bring forth evil!
They hatch adders' eggs and weave the spider's web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and which is crushed a viper breaks out .
Their webs will not serve as clothing, nor will they cover themselves with what they make; their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their paths and highways.
The way of peace they know not, and there is no justice or right in their goings. They have made them into crooked paths; whoever goes in them does not know peace.
Therefore are justice and right far from us, and righteousness and salvation do not overtake us. We expectantly wait for light, but see darkness; for brightness, but we walk in obscurity and gloom.
We grope for the wall like the blind, yes, we grope like those who have no eyes. We stumble at noonday as in the twilight; in dark places and among those who are full of life and vigor, we are as dead men.
We all groan and growl like bears and moan plaintively like doves. We look for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us.
For our transgressions are multiplied before You , and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know and recognize them :
Rebelling against and denying the Lord, turning away from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving in and muttering and moaning from the heart words of falsehood.
Justice is turned away backward, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) stands far off; for truth has fallen in the street (the city's forum), and uprightness cannot enter .
Yes, truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. And the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.
And He saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor ; therefore His own arm brought Him victory, and His own righteousness sustained Him.
For put on righteousness as a breastplate or coat of mail, and salvation as a helmet upon His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
According as their deeds deserve, so will He repay wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; on the foreign islands and coastlands He will make compensation.
So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight .
He shall come as a Redeemer to Zion and to those in Jacob (Israel) who turn from transgression, says the Lord.
As for Me, this is My covenant or league with them, says the Lord: My Spirit, Who is upon you , and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your children, or out of the mouths of your children's children, says the Lord, from henceforth and forever.
Summary: Sanctity of Life includes assisted suicide as well as abortion but abortion is the predominate abuse of life in America today. This sermon deals with the tragic consequences to the abortive mother as well as the judgement of the US because of this sin.
Summary: Dwelling on the past will put our journey into the future into jeopardy. Focusing on the future, where God is already waiting, will produce victory in life. We need a clearer vision of what lies ahead in order to be truly victorious in Christ.
Summary: All human beings are born off target with God, and separated from the Lord by sin. We cannot hit the target by ourselves through good works. Only Jesus can hit the target for us, and that is what He did when He died for us on the cross.
Summary: Setting: Sermon given during Annual multi-church Mid-Week Lent service which is limited to 30 min for the entire service. Sermon seeks to connect Lent and the Messiah with Poverty and the issues of Poor in our Country and our communities.
“God the engineer”
Intro: God is in the business of working in & through human lives.
Do you remember that God is the God of the supernatural? Not a mental knowledge but is this truth a part of your daily thinking?
Most of the
Summary: This morning I want to look at v. 5 especially, and the idea of hatching snake eggs and spinning spider webs. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that in the world today there is a serious breakdown of holiness even among God's people.
Summary: Of all cities in the world, none has been so frequently attacked like Jerusalem. Why is it so? It is because the place has a prophetic destiny. So, as a child of God, in case you are seriously under attack or you are wondering why you are sweating and str
Summary: Who or what is truly defeating Israel? Sin. Sin is the great enemy that defeats them & hold them captive, keeping them from living the life of righteous. Sin is the undefeated enemy against whom God comes to make war.
Summary: God’s victory over sin (59:15b-21) is not provided until genuine repentance is entered. The outpouring of God’s grace in our lives awaits our humble honest admitting to the hideousness of our sins & our powerlessness to save ourselves from them.
Summary: Sin separates from God, be it the sin of a person or of a nation. God demands righteousness on the part of the people with whom He enters into covenant relationship. The fault of rejection is not the Lord’s but His peoples’ choice of the ways of sin.
Summary: 16% of Americans think of God as being critical and uncaring. Another 25% believe Him to be distant and unwilling to intercede in human affairs. But how does this contrast with the message of Isaiah?