Summary: Exposition of Isaiah 30-31
Removing the Roadblocks
Stubbornness vs. 1-7
Rebellion vs. 8-17
Graciousness vs. 18-33
The Lord will give Victory vs. 1-9
Recap 7 woes so far
We are right in the middle of God dealing with 7 issues he has with Israel
We’ve seen him deal with pride, spiritual blindness, and drunkenness
Today we are going to see Isaiah address the topics of stubbornness and rebellion
As with all of these messages God ends with a message of hope
Today that message is His graciousness
But we must look those things that prevent his grace from working in our lives
Let's call it removing the roadblocks
Battleship and the lighthouse
One stormy night a US battleship was preparing to come into port
Visibility was terrible but there appeared to be two lights headed towards each other
The Battleship radioed the on coming light: “Please bear 15 degrees to the south”
Message replied You bear 15 degrees to the north
The admiral got all up in arms and replied this is a US battleship with means to take counter measures necessary if you don’t bear 15 degrees to the south.
The reply came back “This is a lighthouse, your call.”
Stubbornness can manifest itself in several ways
In the summer of 1986, two ships collided in the Black Sea off the coast of Russia.
Hundreds of passengers died as they were hurled into the icy waters below.
News of the disaster was further darkened when an investigation revealed the cause of the accident.
It wasn’t a technology problem like radar malfunction—or even thick fog.
The cause was human stubbornness.
Each captain was aware of the other ship’s presence nearby.
Both could have steered clear but neither captain wanted to give way to the other.
Each was too proud to yield first. By the time they came to their senses, it was too late.
Stubbornness can rear its head in our lives and have a disastrous effect
Read Isaiah 30:1-5
Sometimes we like to wear badges
They become these medals of honor for our behavior
"I'm a control freak" "I'm a germaphobe" "I'm a type A personality"
We put these badges on when we want to rationalize our behavior
This morning you could add the badges of being stubborn and being a rebel to that list
We could easily just say "Well I'm a little stubborn" when we don't want to admit we are wrong
We could also say "Down deep I'm a rebel at heart." When we really just want our way
In our minds that justifies our actions
What it really does it pacify our minds from something God has been convicting us on for a long time
They can become roadblocks to what God is trying to do in our lives
Fortunately God is gracious and patient waiting for us to get to the point of dealing with it
Stubbornness vs. 1-7
Vs. 1 The Lord gets right to the point… Israel is stubborn
They are carrying out plans that aren’t from God
They are making alliances but not with the Holy Spirit
The sin is just piling up
God hits right at the heart of stubbornness here
Stubborn people have their own agenda (Plans), advocates (alliances), and don’t seek advice
This is what has got Israel into trouble
The have the greatest resource in the world, in being the children of God, and they turn their back on it
Psalm 81:11-13 But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!
God is very clear what the result of that will be
Vs. 3 Shame, humiliation and disgrace (5)
Stubbornness will always make us depend on ourselves instead of God
What is the cost of our stubbornness?
Vs. 6 shows us that the path is full of trouble, comes at a high price
God uses the metaphor of wild animals attacking on the path
He also says that Egypt will carry away the riches
All of it will not profit Israel one iota
Vs. 7 Egypt’s help is worthless and empty
We need to be careful who we put our trust in
Often times we make alliances with people because they agree with us
That can turn in a heart beat and just cause more agony
God wants out trust and he doesn’t want us putting that trust in anything else
Rebellion vs. 8-17
Vs. 8-9 Stubbornness first cousin is rebellion
God tells Isaiah to write this down on paper
That gives us the idea that God wants it to last and to remind them of it
Their refusal to listen to God has become flat out rebellion