Summary: Exposition of Isaiah 54
Time to Rebuild
Enlarge Your Place Vs. 1-3
Start Fresh Vs. 4-10
Lay a Rich Foundation Vs. 11-17
Intro: Rebuilding Greenwood, Kansas
In 2007 a Cat 5 tornado swept thru Kansas
It set it sights on a tiny town of 1500 people called Greenwood
What made this tornado different was that the typical tornado is 150 wide, this one was 1.7 miles
The same width as the town
As it ripped through it left only two brick buildings standing in the town
Three story houses were ripped off of their foundations
Cars, cows, and trees were flung thousands of feet from where they were
After it passed, long time residents came out of the destruction and couldn’t find their way around town because so many of the landmarks they knew were gone
Soon the town started talking about leaving, there was nothing left, Greenwood would be no more
The mayor pulled together the owners of the 70 businesses in town and asked them who were leaving
He put up three whiteboards saying staying, leaving, undecided
66 of the businesses decided to stay and over the next four years the rebuilt the town better than it was before
Sometimes when things look desolate we have to make a choice; Are we going to leave or are we going to stick it our and make it better than it was
Churches have to make these choices during the life of the church
Many churches don’t die because people leave but because the ones who stay don’t want to make it better
Israel had to make the same choice, sadly only a small portion of the group decided to stick it out
Isaiah 54 is God’s promise to those who decide to stick it out and trust God
Read Isaiah 54:1-3
“Try and suck all the sweetness that you can out of this chapter while we read it.
The personal application of a promise to the heart by the Holy Spirit is that which is wanted. C z
I believe that today’s message is a special word for our church
It’s interesting how you can teach verse by verse and God still lead you to the exact word he has for you.
He knew last year when I decided to teach Isaiah that chapter 54 would be taught today because it was the word we needed to hear today
I’ve titled the message “Time to Rebuild’
There has been a period of devastation, moments where it looked hopeless, but we see today how God intends to rebuild afterwards
He doesn’t tells us to close ranks and lick our wounds
Instead he calls us to Enlarge our tents, Start Fresh, and lay a rich foundation
Enlarge Your Place Vs. 1-3
The Babylonian exile and captivity meant more than oppression for Israel; it meant shame, disgrace, and humiliation.
God promises a glorious release from not only the exile and captivity, but also from the shame, disgrace, and humiliation.
We can take those promises for ourselves and our church
Vs. 1 Desolate one
God describes the current situation as a barren woman
In ancient Israel, the barren woman carried an enormous load of shame and disgrace.
Here, the LORD likens captive Israel to a barren woman who can now sing - because now more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman.
The remnant of Israel is looking at a rebuilding process that is hopeless
Nebuchadnezzar didn’t leave one brick on top of another in Jerusalem
God is commanding the Jews to go back and rebuild the temple and the city
It’s no wonder most of the Jews didn’t go back
Typically most rebuilds of cities were to completely demolish the city and then build on top of it
They are know as “Tells” or cities built upon previous cities
In Israel there are multiple man made mountains of demolished cities
This is where they do most of the archaelogical digs and they will often find multiple layers
But God called them to rebuild from the ashes
It looks desolate but God sees it different
If your situation looks desolate remember that God doesn’t see it that way
He can resurrect and rebuild any life that has been devastated
He can resurrect and rebuild any church that has been devastated
How does he do that?
Vs. 2-3 Enlarge your tent
Often times the counsel that God gives goes against logic
He is telling Israel to enlarge its tents
How do enlarge something that is so devastated?
Remember that Israel isn't even at place to rebuilt yet alone a place where tents can be enlarged
The curse and shame of barrenness would be so completely broken, and Israel would be so fruitful, that they would have to expand their living space.