Summary: God’s assurance that he cares is not enough. We must also have a God who can do what he pledges to do.
No Contest: God is Greater
1. You never know what is going to happen in life. For example, on Friday:
Kokomo — A 12-year-old boy suffered serious injuries early Friday when he was hit by a vehicle at Berkley Road and Columbus Boulevard.
The boy, whose name was not immediately released, was flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment. More information will be released later today.
2. Life has its surprises, and not all of them are good ones!
3. I wonder if anyone has an easy life; it might be better to say that some have it easier than others, and that certain eras of life can be better than others.
4. But we don’t have to struggle through life alone.
5. We have a big God to help walk us through the perils of life.
6. The Jews were living in perilous times (Luke mentioned) Assyria/Babylonia
In verses 1-11, Isaiah answers the question the Jews would have asked, “Does God want to deliver us?” Isaiah 40:12-26 answers the second, “Can God deliver us?” [paraphrased from John Oswalt]
Main Idea: God’s assurance that he cares is not enough. We must also have a God who can do what he pledges to do.
I. Yahweh CREATED the Universe (12-14)
A. God the CONSTRUCTOR
1. Measured waters in his hand
2. Marked off the heavens
3. Enclosed the dust
4. Weighed the mountains
5. Natural revelation screams out: God is greater than we can conceive
B. God’s Infinite Spirit: No DIRECTION needed
1. Some brainy folks confused in other areas (Einstein pants); not God
2. God is beyond and separate from nature (many religions believe otherwise)
3. Other gods had councils and advisors…not our God
4. “Let us” signifies dialog between the Persons of the Trinity…God speaks of himself as “us”
C. New Testament Application (Midrash)
1. AWESTRUCK (Romans 11:33-36)
Paul was probably contemplating these verses since he quotes part of them:
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord,or who has been his counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to himthat he might be repaid?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)
2. SPIRIT filled (I Cor. 2:14-15)
I Corinthians 2:14-15 reads: “The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. ‘For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”
• Having the mind of Christ means being under the control of God’s Spirit
• The idea is to free the Spirit in our lives and nurture his influence
• Is the mind of Christ evident in your life? Are you led by the Spirit?
II. Yahweh’s GREATNESS Makes the Nations Seem as Dust (15-17)
A. A DROP in a bucket (15)
• Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, even mighty Rome
B. All livestock combined: not ONE adequate offering (16-17)