Summary: Exposition of Isaiah 10
Responding to God’s Correction
Self Examination vs. 9:8-10:4
God’s Retribution vs. 10:5-19
Restoring What’s Right vs. 10:20-34
Intro: The Hand of God
Pray for Matt & Crystal Brown (2nd Service)
Introduce Ethan & Angelica
Isaiah 1–5 describes the spiritual disaster that we are.
Chapters 6–11 show us the triumph of God’s grace over our failure
Nobody likes correction no matter how much we need it
Israel raised it to an art form
God has corrected them but they have ignored it
Isaiah is saying, “Yes, God has struck you. And he isn’t finished yet.”
God has more resources for confronting us than we have tactics for evading him.
Four times today we see a phrase that should catch our attention
In vs. 12, 17, 21, and 10:4 we see the phrase “His hand is stretched out still.”
This is the sign of God’s judgment on his people Or His wrath
As I mention every Sunday Isaiah is the book of Conviction & Comfort, Judgment & Salvation
Four times today we see God talk about how he is going to judge Israel in four areas
Every time God spoke to Israel they didn’t respond in a way that brought change
They continued to live their life sin and pride
We too can continue to live and sin and reject the correction of the Lord
This morning God wants to show us how to recognize the sin in our lives and respond
Read Isaiah 10:1-4
Transition: His Hand Stretched Out
Does Isaiah believe in the wrath of God?
Yes. But he can see the wrath of God taking us further into his grace than we ourselves would ever go.
God's grace would be incomplete without the wrath of God.
What is the wrath of God?
His wrath is his active, resolute opposition to all evil.
His delight is spontaneous and intrinsic to his being, but his wrath is provoked by the defiance of his creatures.
His love will never make peace with our evil.
His wrath is not moody vindictiveness; it is the solemn determination of a doctor cutting away the cancer that’s killing his patient.
And for God, the anger is personal, not detached and clinical.
This Doctor hates the cancer, because he loves the carriers of the disease and he will rid the universe of all their afflictions.
God destroyed the guilt of sinners at the cross of Jesus.
He will destroy all remaining sin in the hearts of those who take refuge in Jesus.
He will destroy all injustice and suffering here in this world when the kingdom of Jesus creates a world better than our sentimentality could imagine.
So how do we receive God’s correction?
Self Examination vs. 9:8-10:4
For us to understand the wrath of God and the correction he wants to bring we must take a self examination
Ads for self examination
Once I turned 45 I started to receive promotions for male problems
Rogaine, Viagra, Testosterone, Colon cleansers, etc...
All of them start be telling me to examine myself
Always taught as a child not to touch myself
Now I am being told touch myself to check for abnormalities
If I haven't checked before how do I know now?
God hits four areas that Israel has failed