Summary: This is the 19th sermon in the series "3:16- Numbers That Bring Hope".
Series: 3:16- Numbers That Bring Hope [#19]
THE HOPE THAT COMES FROM CHAOS
As we look at our chapter 3 verse 16 passage today, I want us to remember the fact that most of us learn our lessons in life from mistakes. We live in a time of chaos; but that doesn’t mean that we can’t serve God in a mighty way. We live in a day and age where our teenagers and children don’t seem to understand respect. We live in a day and age where men aren’t expected to act like men and women aren’t expected to act like women. We have allowed everything to become gender neutral. What has happened? The same thing is happening to the U.S.A. as it was happening in Jerusalem and to Judah. When we abandon God, He will allow things to happen that are not good for us and will lead to our utter destruction.
Isaiah 3:1-8 (NIV)
“See now, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water, the hero and warrior, the judge and prophet, the soothsayer and elder, the captain of fifty and man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter. I will make boys their officials; mere children will govern them. People will oppress each other-- man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honorable. A man will seize one of his brothers at his father's home, and say, "You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!" But in that day he will cry out, "I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people." Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence.”
There is hope in…
1. Showing respect for others.
The younger generation had lost respect for the older generations in all things. They thought their religious traditions were stupid and out dated. Therefore, they followed the other nation’s religious practices. The younger generation thought their governmental policies and economic policies were outdated so they did their own thing. The result was, no one wanted to lead. They were losing everything.
Isaiah 3:9-15 (NIV)
“The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves. Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done. Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path. The LORD takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: "It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?" declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.”