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Summary: Exposition of Isaiah 58

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Isaiah 58

When God Doesn’t Answer

Where’s the Results? Vs. 1-3a

Check Your Motives Vs. 3b-5

The Right Approach Vs. 6-7

Prayer the Breaks Through Vs. 8-14

Intro: Is anyone there?

Do you ever try to call anyone anymore?

I’ve given up trying to call people under the age of 60… they just don’t answer

What’s really funny is when you text someone and you can see they got your text and they tell you they didn’t see it

Read Isaiah 58:1-3

Transition:

There is a new day dawning in our country and in the church

With the affirmation by the Supreme Court of Obamacare and Gay Marriage all the rules have changed

The individual liberties afforded by the constitution are no longer there

What ever the government deems right for you is what will happen

I’m not going to be a doomsday person in this but the stakes to follow Christ just got higher

You could open the lompoc record one morning and see a picture of me being led away in handcuffs because I refused to officiate a gay marriage at this church

My religious beliefs don’t mean anything and can be illegal

Does that change how I’m going to live… no

But I think that God is bringing a winnowing fork to his church

And all of those people who are nominal Christians are going to fall away

It’s just going to be too risky to follow Christ

I believe God is seeking for those who are true to Him

No longer are we going to be able to go through the motions of being a Christian

Looking the part but living a different way isn’t going to fly

Interesting that Israel went thru the same thing

They were going thru the motions and using God for their own purposes

As time went along they were wondering where all the benefits were

Isaiah shows us this morning why God doesn't answer sometimes

Where’s the Results? Vs. 1-3a

Isaiah describes perfectly the believer who doesn’t understand why God doesn’t answer

Vs. 1 Lift Up Your Voice

God tells Isaiah to Cry aloud, lift your voice like a trumpet

This isn’t a normal prophecy, The message isn’t normal

God speaks loudly and directly. His people need to hear their transgression - but will they hear?

Sin has been a common issue thru the whole book, but this sin is masked as good

God is trying to get the attention of the religious people who are impressed with how they live

I can tell you that Scripture says over and over this is the hardest group top reach

They think they are better than everyone else so they are not open to conviction

Yet they are frustrated because they aren’t getting anywhere

Vs. 2 Delight to Know My Ways

First, God describes the appearance:

They seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways.

On the surface, it seemed that God’s people loved Him and were devoted to Him.

They had the reputation of a nation that did righteousness, and the looked like people who would take delight in approaching God.

They did everything right… or so it seems

Better yet these are consistent temple attenders who loved being taught the Word of God


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