Summary: Exposition of Isaiah 44
Come Holy Spirit
Fill Us Up vs. 1-5
Take a Stand vs. 6-8
Remove the Idols vs. 9-20
Return to Me vs. 21-28
Intro: Unless the Lord Builds the House
You use your phone and satellites to find these hidden cases
You put your name on a list that you found it
The cases can be as simple as a pill bottle or as deluxe as a military supply box
Some have treasures inside and others don't
But to find these you need a heavenly guide that you can only find on your phone
I love Psalm 127
It starts off by saying Unless the Lord Builds the House, those who build labor in vain
So often we try to build a life on our own
When it doesn’t turn out right we wonder why?
The real reason behind it is that we didn’t use the master builder, Jesus
Today we see how God wants to build our house… through the Holy Spirit
Read Isaiah 44:1-5
Isaiah 40-44 is one of the most encouraging sections of scripture in the Bible
Look at some of the themes God relays to Israel
Isaiah 40 God is the God of comfort, those who wait on him will be strengthened
Isaiah 41 Fear not, I am with you
Isaiah 42 I am sending My Servant Jesus to you
Isaiah 43 was the Gospel message of redemption, transformation, and mercy
God is going to do a new work
Isaiah 44 Brings it to a conclusion by the Promise of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the difference between a successful and defeated christian life
God tells Israel the he is going to pour out his Spirit on his people
Not a sprinkle or a filling but a flood
Isaiah 43 ends with a warning of judgment, but it does not mean God takes back His promise of hope and restoration.
Israel can still know the goodness of the LORD, if they will only turn back to Him.
Thus says the LORD who made you:
This reminds us that God is still active in and responsible for creation.
He didn’t just create Adam and Eve and then let the whole thing go.
There is a sense in which God has made each one of us, so we each have a personal obligation to Him as our Creator.
That active participation comes in the form of the Holy Spirit
He desires that we live The Spirit Filled life
Fill Us Up vs. 1-5
For us to live the Spirit Filled Life we have to desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit
God makes it very clear that he wants to do that to his people
He is trying to get Israel’s attention
He once again has to remind them that He chose them and made them and desires to help them
All he desires is that Israel is obedient
The name Jeshurun means “the upright one.” It is used here as a contrast to the name Jacob, even as Israel is sometimes used as a contrast to Jacob.
The name Jeshurun appears only three more times in the Old Testament:
This word speaks of the wonder of grace, for He calls His deeply sinful people His beloved, His upright one.”
Vs. 3 For I will pour water on him . . . I will pour My Spirit on your descendants:
This is a glorious promise to a humble, returning Israel.
God will not simply give them His Spirit; He will pour out His Spirit on them as if water was poured over them.
This is a freedom in the giving of the Spirit. This is a flow in the giving of the Spirit. This is abundance in the giving of the Spirit. This is an evident giving of the Spirit.
God wants to pour His Spirit upon His people! We want to experience a few drops, God wants to pour.
If you are bone dry, God wants to pour. If you know the pour, God wants to keep pouring!
We must learn to stop saying “when” as God pours!
Spurgeon: "Without the Spirit of God we can do nothing; we are as ships without wind, or chariots without steeds, like branches without sap, we are withered; like coals without fire, we are useless;”
There is never a time in the NT when the Holy Spirit doesn't pour
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Who receives this gift? I will pour water on him who is thirsty.