Summary: To show that GOD is our Encourager and that man is not to be afraid of because man is a temporal being and GOD is Unchangeable.
Are you encouraged by GOD?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD is our Encourager and that man is not to be afraid of because man is a temporal being and GOD is Unchangeable.
Isaiah 51:12 (Amplified Bible)
51:12 I, even I, am He Who comforts you. Who are you, that you should be afraid of man, who shall die, and of a son of man, who shall be made [as destructible] as grass,
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You are my Comforter and the comforts that I received comforting me with Your very Presence.
GOD comforts us to not be afraid of man
A. Author: Isaiah, the prophet
B. Date written: 740-680 b.c.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
C. Purpose: To reveal that salvation, physical and spiritual, is of the Lord.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
D. To whom written: Nation of Judah
E. Key word: Salvation. Isaiah means "Salvation of Jehovah"
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. GOD is our Encourager
"I, even I, am He Who comforts you."
Comfort is "nacham" in Hebrew meaning:
1. breathe strongly
2. to be sorry
3. to pity
4. to avenge (oneself)
Isaiah 57:15-18 (Amplified Bible)
57:15 For thus says the high and lofty One—He Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin].
57:16 For I will not contend forever, neither will I be angry always, for [if I did stay angry] the spirit [of man] would faint and be consumed before Me, and [My purpose in] creating the souls of men would be frustrated.
57:17 Because of the iniquity of his [Judah’s] covetousness and unjust gain I was angry and smote him. I hid my face and was angry, and he went on turning away and backsliding in the way of his [own willful] heart.
57:18 I have seen his [willful] ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him also and will recompense him and restore comfort to him and to those who mourn for him.
John 14:18 (Amplified Bible)
14:18 I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.
John 14:26-27 (Amplified Bible)
14:26 But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.
14:27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
Our LORD is our Comforter as Paul have said
2 Corinthians 1:4 (Amplified Bible)
1:4 Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.
B. Man is not to be afraid of, who shall be dried up and die like grass
"Who are you, that you should be afraid of man, who shall die, and of a son of man, who shall be made [as destructible] as grass,"
Isaiah 40:6 (Amplified Bible)
40:6 A voice says, Cry [prophesy]! And I said, What shall I cry? [The voice answered, Proclaim:] All flesh is as frail as grass, and all that makes it attractive [its kindness, its goodwill, its mercy from God, its glory and comeliness, however good] is transitory, like the flower of the field.
Psalms 90:5-6 (Amplified Bible)
90:5 You carry away [these disobedient people, doomed to die within forty years] as with a flood; they are as a sleep [vague and forgotten as soon as they are gone]. In the morning they are like grass which grows up—
90:6 In the morning it flourishes and springs up; in the evening it is mown down and withers.
Psalms 92:7 (Amplified Bible)
92:7 That though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to be destroyed forever.
Psalms 103:15-16 (Amplified Bible)
103:15 As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.