Summary: Exposition of Isaiah 56-57
Readying Our Hearts for Revival
Servants who Pray vs. 56:1-8
Leaders who See vs. 56:9-57:2
Idols Removed vs. 57:3-13
Hearts that are Contrite vs. 57:14-21
Happy Father’s Day
Have you ever watched a medical show, whether it is on discovery or one of the drama’s on a network?
Invariably you will see a patient have heart problems
The doctors pull out a crash cart which has a defibrillator on it
Those are the paddles they use to shock the person heart back to working
They always yell clear and then the body jumps after it is shocked
What’s even more amazing is when a person has open heart surgery or transplant they put the persons heart on bypass so there is a machine doing the work of the heart while they work on it
After they have replaced a valve or repaired the heart they will stick two paddles that look like plastic spoons on the heart and shock it back into to working
Both instances are used to revive a heart that stopped working properly
Hopefully we won’t ever get to a point where we need our heart revived like that
As Isaiah talks to Israel he is talking revival of their collective heart
They have gone thru judgement, been comforted by the Lord, and now he wants to revive a country that has lost it’s way
In Isaiah 56–66, the third major section of his book, the prophet shows us the way into ongoing revival as we await the fullness of God’s coming kingdom
Isaiah is showing us that the One who is high and lifted up also dwells with the lowly, and with no one else, in reviving power. The implications are significant
Revival is often misunderstood.
When you drive by a church displaying a sign, “Revival here next week,” you can bet there won’t be a revival there next week. Revival can’t be scheduled
True revival is the wind of the Holy Spirit blowing over a church.
The wind blows where it wants to. We hear its sound, but we don’t know where it comes from or where it goes
What is revival? True revival is God coming down among us, visiting us, dwelling among us in his glory, overflowing into our need (Isaiah 57:15).
Revival is the manifest presence of God, the immediacy of God, the kiss of God, the nearness of God in his goodness and power.
Revival is a time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:20).
It’s a season in the life of the church when God causes the normal ministry of the gospel to surge forward with extraordinary spiritual power.
It is not foolish hysterics. It is God becoming overwhelmingly real to us.
Isaiah leads us by the hand toward true revival.
His ministry was not intended for people who were spiritually advanced.
God promises that, in both the near term and the far term, he will save his sinful people.
Servants who Pray vs. 56:1-8
The first step that leads to a church that is ready for revival are servants who pray
For a few chapters now God has been laying out his plan to restore Israel
Now he wants to revive them as a country but he needs open receptacles
The restoring is building up what has been tore down, the reviving is pouring His Spirit into what he has rebuilt
With every great revival in all of time it has always started with servants who pray
These are the willing hearts that desperately want Christ to work
Vs. 1 Salvation is about to come, my righteousness revealed
Salvation is coming through the Messiah and God’s righteousness will be available to everyone
This includes Gentiles
Is 65:1 I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by my name.
God is calling out to every person of every nation now
He is looking for people who will be faithful to Him
For centuries Israel has been everything but faithful
Now the new kingdom will based on those who follow Christ
Vs. 6 And the Foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, minister to Him, love the name of the Lord, and be his servants… these I will bring to my holy mountain
Notice what God says to the foreigners
If you will join yourselves to me, minister, love my name, and serve you will included
This is the picture of the faithful servant
Join yourselves to me is indicative of us coming to Christ in faith
It symbolizes how we believe and put our trust in Him