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
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
Look at some of the themes God relays to Israel
God is going to do a new work
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
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.