Summary: Exposition of 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
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