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Summary: Exposition of Isaiah 3 & 4

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Isaiah 3-4

Shaken and Strengthened

Loss of Stability vs. 1-15

Loss of Excess vs. 16-4:1

Gain True Beauty & Security vs. 4:2-6

Intro:

Spilt Blueberries at Costco

A Couple of weeks ago we were doing some school shopping

We went by Costco to stock up on a “few” lunch supplies for our kids

A basket full and $250 later we were all set

During the shopping I needed to rearrange our basket to fit everything in

I picked up some plastics boxes of fruit to make some room for some milk

On top of those boxes of fruit was a plastic container of fresh blueberries

As I went to move them to the from of the cart I didn’t have them balanced right and the blueberries went toppling out of my hands on to the floor of Costco

This happened in the dairy section in the Santa Maria store

If you know that section that is where most of the food samples are

As hundred of blueberries went rolling everywhere it brought the section to a standstill

People couldn't move their baskets out of fear of crushing blueberries

Husbands were stranded from wives, Parents from children

But the worst by far was that customers were cut off from the free samples

People were visibly shaken and didn’t know what to do

One man who couldn’t get his taquito gave me a look like I had ruined his dinner

Sometimes things happen in life that leave us visibly shaken

Other times God does a work spiritually to shake us of things that aren’t necessary

Israel is often referred to as a olive tree with Gentiles grafted in

Do you know that they harvest olive trees by shaking the olives off

Sometimes God may shake the fruit off of you so he can use it

In the process of that shaking He strengthens us through His son Jesus Christ

Today we are going to see how God is going to shake Israel but thru the process strengthen them

Read Is 3:1-5

Transition:

God’s work is both terrible and beautiful.

He leads us into loss in order to enrich us with lasting gain.

The whole section of Isaiah 2:1–4:6 has two bookends: the prophecy of the nations attracted to God’s people (2:2–5) and the prophecy of God’s people visited by him (4:2–6).

In between, God speaks bluntly about the mess that his people are right now

In 3:1 God says he is “taking away” something from his people.

Then again in 3:18 he says he will “take away” something further.

But in 4:2–6 He doesn’t say that he will give something back.

He promises to “create” something new.

Sounds like the work of Salvation: I am going to take away your sin and old life and make you a new creation

God knows how to enrich us through loss.

Sometimes he takes away more than we wish he would, but only to give us more of himself forever.

Jim Elliot said, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

And we will not gain what we cannot lose without giving up what we cannot keep.

Loss for the sake of gain—this is the way of God for us.

Stability Shaken vs. 1-15

Isaiah starts right off telling them that God is cutting them off


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