Episode #6- Isaiah Study- Trusting God, Not Idols

Pastor Jake Tovissi and Ben Jennings discuss the importance of trusting God and not idols when times are chaotic.

Isaiah 31:1-9

1Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

2Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.

3Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.

4For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.

5As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.

6Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. 7For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.

8Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.

9And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.





Defeating Death- Isaiah- Week 5- Day 4

And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

Isaiah 25:6-8

After praising God for his protection, Isaiah takes us to an incredible setting. It is a feast and it is being hosted by God, Himself. The best food and drink are provided as God feasts with his people. All of the redeemed are a part of this incredible event. This feasting is not something that is evil or grotesque. We see the people of God enjoying the goodness of God with God Himself in a way that brings Him honor and glory.
Then there is an incredible statement made that should excite us to our very core. God will destroy “the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.” What is it that God is destroying? What is the covering and the vail?
The answer to this is made clear in verse 8. The cover and vail that is destroyed is death itself! God had told Adam that in the day that they disobeyed him they would “surely die.”

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 2:17

The Bible is clear that sin has brought about death. It is the effect of the curse that every person who has ever lived has had to deal with.

The soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Ezekiel 18:20a

For the wages of sin is death;

Romans 6:23a

God has dealt with sin. He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sin. Those who have trusted Him are saved from the curse of sin, and from death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life! If any man come to me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and he who lives and believes in me shall never die!” Romans tells us that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.”
In these verses we see God ending death itself. It says “He will swallow up death in victory”! What an incredible statement. He puts death to death!
The text also says that He will wipe away every tear. This is spoken of in Revelation 21:4 as well.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Revelation 21:4

Think of it! All of the effects of the curse will be known as “former things”! This is what is meant when the text says “the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth.” How do we know this will happen? “The mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”

One hymn writer put it this way:

When fadeth the day and dark shadows draw nigh,
With Christ close at hand, it is not death to die;
He’ll wipe ev’ry tear, roll away ev’ry care;
We’ll say “good-nigh”t here, but “good-morning” up there.

History is going somewhere. The curse is broken, and death will come to death. Everyone is going to spend eternity somewhere. Do you want to spend eternity with death, pain, and tears as a “former thing” or do you want to be like the rich man who “lifted up his eyes being in torment”?

• Have you accepted God’s gift of salvation?
• Are you living for eternity today?