Summary: Those of us who know and serve the true God have an omnipotent ally who upholds us in even the most challenging times.

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God, Our Omnipotent Ally

(Isaiah 41:1-20)

1. Do you know what a pocket call is? I don’t like ‘em, esp. when I make them.

2. One day I heard a familiar voice in my pocket –my sister was garnering attention.

3. Interesting news about a pocket call this week:

ORANGE CITY, Fla., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they arrested a man who accidentally called 911 while allegedly talking about selling drugs.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said dispatchers contacted deputies around 9:42 p.m. Tuesday and told them an apparent accidental 911 caller was discussing drug dealing with two other people, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Thursday.

The cellphone was tracked to a pickup truck and the vehicle was pulled over by deputies.

4. Bible says, “Be sure your sin will find you out.” That’s what happened to Judah.

TIMELINE (all dates in BC)

740—680 586 539 536

Isaiah Babylonian Cyrus conquers Cyrus decrees

Captivity (Jerusalem Babylon (Medo- Jews may return

and temple destroyed) Persian) to Israel (Ezra)

But God is also gracious. We see here first of 31 references to a servant of the Lord in Isaiah. Yahweh’s Servant can refer to:

(1) Cyrus, the Medo-Persian king who would conquer Babylon and set in motion the return of the Jews to Israel and the rebuilding of the Temple.

(2) The nation of Israel as a whole.

(3) The godly from among the nation of Israel.

(4) The Messiah who would later be revealed as Jesus.

This text is both vaguely general but also probably specific in application to Cyrus. But its lesson

Main Idea: Those of us who know and serve the true God have an omnipotent ally who upholds us in even the most challenging times.

I. Yahweh Invites Sinners to TURN to Him (1-7)

A. Because God cares even about GENTILE peoples (1)

When Marylu and I were engaged, both sides of family had a wedding shower…

No one likes to feel left out, unless they don’t want to come…even then, invited

• Not only inviting the gentiles to argue a case with him, he is, in the process, inviting them to consider Yaheweh as the one true God.

• The LXX adds, "hold a feast for me." A court scene, perhaps. He is arguing his case to vindicate Israel, but also to impress and draw the gentiles.

Isaiah 19:24-25 reads: " In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”

1. Have you ever felt like a misfit? Left out?

2. Your peers may not accept you, but God will.

3. Jesus: “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden.”

4. As believers, do we welcome and accept people different than us?

5. Hard to tell people God loves them when we don’t

B. Because God directs the COURSE of history (2-5)

God is the first and last (timeless]; In Revelation 22:12-13, Jesus says,

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

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