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Summary: PENTECOST 7(C) - Now that you have tasted that the Lord is good the believer is invited to drink deeply of God’s Word and rejoice in God’s blessings.

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As we are born into this world we are born with a sinful nature. As we arrive in this world so seemingly innocent, cute and cuddly, our sinful nature stands as an enemy of God, opposed to everything that He has declared is good. It’s a constant battle that you and I struggle with against our sinful nature. The Lord tells us in scripture, “Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults"(1 CORINTHIANS 14:20). He tells us that we know enough about evil because of our sinful nature we don’t have to go out of our way to discover what evil is. Instead, concerning evil he says to be naive – to be like children, to be like infants, not wanting to know what evil is and not knowing what evil is. In your thinking of spiritual matters be like adults. We do that in our life as we see that the Lord is good to us.

We have tasted that the Lord is good. We have discovered that by drinking deep at God’s Word we

II. Rejoice in God’s blessing

Remember the children of Israel were hearing God’s judgement against them chapter after chapter in Isaiah. They had been hearing God’s judgement against the world and had maybe almost given up hope. Now the Lord says through His prophet Isaiah that there still is hope – and tells them of the greatest blessing that they would have -- 13As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem." They would have comfort. They would see the destruction of Jerusalem but they would have comfort. The church would not be destroyed. Isaiah was not making these words up. He says, ‘This is what the Lord says.’ He reminded them that this is what the Lord says to you. This is what I say to you as the Lord’s prophet.

What did the Lord say? 12For this is what the LORD says: "I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;” In the midst of trouble, in the midst of war they would find peace because the Lord would give it to them. Then he goes back to that picture of the mother ‘church’ -- you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. What a beautiful picture of how the Lord cares for His church. After the setting of this, it almost seems as if the church had been forsaken but it had not. The Lord still cared for it as a parent cares for his/her child.

In the end he says, 14when you see this, your heart will rejoice and you will flourish like grass;

the hand of the LORD will be made known to his servants, but his fury will be shown to his foes. In the end they would see that the Lord’s had was with them, with His church. The Lord’s hand was against His enemies. Isaiah was having them focus on the present. When Jerusalem was destroyed the church would not be destroyed. He’s having them look way into the future and reminding them (just as you and I look back) that the Lord did destroy the enemies of the church. He destroyed the power of sin, the power of the devil and power of death itself. We see these words of fulfillment in our New Testament church times.

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