Summary: The Prescription For Assistance
The Prescription For Assistance - Isaiah 40:9-31
(1) The Primary Procedures - 40:9-11
(1)) We Are To Behold Our God - 40:9 Behold your God!
(2)) We Are To Behold Our God's Rule - 40:10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand,and his arm shall rule for him
(3)) We Are To Behold Our God's Reward - 40:10,11 behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. 11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, (4)) We Are To Behold Our God's Rest - 40:11 and shall gently lead those that are with young.
(2) The Primary Proclamations - 40:12-24
(a) God Is Immeasurable - 40:12-17
(1)) His Omnipotence - 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
(2)) His Omniscience - 13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
(3)) His Omnipresence - 40:15-17 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. 16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. 17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
(b) God Is Incomparable - 40:18-26
(1)) God Has No Comparison - 40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
(2)) God Has No Competiton - 40:19,20 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. 20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
(3)) God Has No Concern - 40:21-24 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
(3) The Primary Principles - 40:25,26
(a) Our Association with Him - 40:25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
(b) Our Awareness Of Him - 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
(4) The Primary Power - 40:27,28 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
(5) The Primary Promises - 40:29-31
(a) He Helps Us With Strength - 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
(b) He Helps Us In Stress - 40:30,31
(1)) The Problem of Stress - 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
(2)) The Promise of Strength - 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
(3)) The Power for Service - 40:31
(a)) Soaring Power - 40:31b "mount up with wings like eagles"
(b)) Surging Power - 40:31c "run and not be weary"
(c)) Staying Power - 40:31d "walk and not faint"