Isaiah- Week 10- Day 1

The People of the Mission

(1)  Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

(6)  And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. 

(Isaiah 49:1, 6)

Explanation:

This week’s passage is Isaiah 49:1-7, and it is an incredible passage. It may be helpful to read all seven verses before jumping into the ones that we are highlighting today.

To understand this passage, you must understand four different parties that are referenced in the passage.   

1. Servant.  (v.1,3)

This is the speaker right at the beginning.  Notice all the personal pronouns in verse 1.

(1)  Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 

More will be revealed about him as we read, and it will become clear that this is the Messiah.

2. Gentiles (v.1,6)

The Servant calls out to the “isles” and to the “people, from afar”.  He calls on them to listen, but to what?  He wants them to know about what “the Lord” has called Him to do.  He includes them in on the contents of a conversation between Him and the Lord, letting Him know that God has always had a plan to include the Gentiles in His plan of salvation.  In verse 6, the Lord tells the servant, “I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.” 

3. The Lord (v.1)

The Lord is God, the Father, and is referenced throughout the passage.  He is the owner of the mission that He is calling the servant to do. 

4. Israel/Jacob (v.3, 5)

There is another group included in this passage.  The narrator of the passage is called both “servant” and “Israel” in verse three.  Yet, this naming of the servant as Israel is a reference to this Servant as an ideal Israel.  Why do we say this?  Because this servant is called to “bring Jacob again to him, though Israel be not gathered…” in verse 5.  In verse 6 the servant is called “to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved of Israel.”  Israel is distinct from the Gentiles, and the servant has a mission to both the Jew and the Gentile.

Now that you know who the players are in this passage you get a context.  The servant calls on the gentiles to listen to an incredible conversation between the Lord and His servant.  Included in the context of this conversation are details about the mission of God to restore Israel and save the gentiles from every nation, tribe and tongue.

Application:

God planned out His mission by which you and I can be saved before we were ever born.  The prophet Isaiah was writing this passage some 700 years before the coming of Christ.  As you hear this passage you will see the detail to which God foretold how His mission would come to pass in the person of Jesus Christ.  This is not the earliest foretelling of the details of God’s mission, but it certainly is a foretelling.  It is His mission.  He owns it.

God keeps His promises.  God does not forsake Israel or replace Israel with the nations.  His mission includes keeping all of His promises to Israel and to the nations.  If Israel can trust God, so can we.

God includes everyone in His mission.  He owns it.  His Son purchased it.  His mission is to Jew and Gentile.  Every nation, tribe and tongue are included in who needs salvation.  It’s as large as the whole world, and as applicable as every individual who ever lived.

Response:

Are you part of the mission field, or are you a missionary?

Romans- Week 14- Day 2- Romans 15:17-19

I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.  (18)  For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,  (19)  Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Rom 15:17-19

Explanation:

Because God had called and empowered him to be the apostle to the gentiles, Paul says he has much for which he can glorify God.  Many gentile people had become obedient to the Word of God because of Christ’s working in Paul.  The Holy Spirit had used signs and wonders in and through Paul so that Paul would have the chance to preach the gospel to many gentile people.

Application:

Any good that happens as a result of our ministry happens because of what God has done in and through us.  We should not take the credit for what God has done.  He saved us.  He indwells us with His Spirit.  He brings about the change in others.

Any good that happens as a result of our ministry happens because of the Truth of the Gospel.  God glorifying ministry is Gospel ministry.  For the believer all ministry we do should point to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins.

Response:

Take some time to glorify God in prayer for…

…what He has done in you.

…what He has done through you.

Ask God who He wants you to minister to today.

Romans: Week 4- Day 4- Romans 3:29-31

Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:  (30)  Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  (31)  Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.  

Romans 3:29-31

Explanation:

So if we are not saved by the works of the law but by faith, what does that mean for Jews and gentiles? 

For gentiles it means that you don’t have to “become Jewish” through the keeping of the ceremonial law to be right with God.  The gentile doesn’t have to keep the ceremonial or moral law to be justified.  God is the God of the gentiles.

For the Jews it does not mean that the law is not void.  Rather the law is established to do what it was revealed to do.  It helps the sinner understand their lost condition and need for a Savior.  It helps the sinner see how that the law pointed to Christ Himself, and His sacrificial death for sins.  It helps the believer to know what God’s will is for their lives after they are justified.  What does obedience to the God who saved me look like?  It looks like the keeping of the law of God by faith in Jesus Christ.

Application:

There are some days where the meaning of the text and the application of the text are closely aligned.  Let me summarize here:

– Salvation is for everyone regardless of any human distinction.  Men, women, jew, gentile, high class, low class.  Everyone.

– The law is important, but it will not save anyone.

– Faith in Christ is the only way to be justified.  Jesus said,

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6

Response:

– If you haven’t trusted Christ, do it now!

– Tell someone about Jesus today!

Romans: Week 4- Day 1- Romans 3:21-23

(21)  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (22)  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (23)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:21-23

Explanation:

There is a righteousness that can come by keeping the law.  It is the righteousness that Jesus fulfilled.  He was born without a sin nature, and kept the law perfectly.  He never sinned by comission or omission.  He perfectly did God’s Will.  This is the only way to be positionally righteous by the law.

This creates a problem for us, because we are born with a sin nature.  We are sinners by nature and by action.  This is the case that Paul has been making through the first part of the espistle, even until now.  We all stand guilty before God, “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” 

The Words ” but now” indicate a transition in topic.  This is a transition that introduces something new that is founded upon previous part.  He has declared and fortified the idea that all of mankind stands guilty when it comes to God’s law. Now Paul declares something incredible.

Paul begins this passage by saying there is another way to be considered righteous before God.  This is good news, since we can’t do it by the law.  He says that this righteous standing before God was witnessed by the law and the prophets.  The Old Testament gives indication to this fact.

How does the Old Testament give indication to a righteousness outside of the law?  There was always a moral law, which cannot be kept.  But there was also a ceremonial law.  This law demanded things like ceremonial washings, blood sacrifices, and much more. These were pictures and shadows of the atonement that is needed to cover and purge our sin.  Of course, these ceremonies and sacrifices were pointing beyond the need for the ceremony itself, but for the Messiah to come and be the final atoning sacrifice for sin.

This righteousness of God that is avaible “without the law” or outside of the law is named here.  He says it is “even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe”.  This is a right standing before God that does not come by the works of the law, but by the righteousness of God imputed to those who believe on Jesus Christ.

What does he mean by “there is no difference”.  There is no difference between those who have the law and those who don’t.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  All need to be saved, and can only be saved by faith that is in Jesus Christ.

Application:

Our sin and its consequences are the greatest problem we face as human beings.  We can not be made right with God on our own.  No amount of good deed doing can cover up our sin.  We need to be forgiven.

The good news is that God the Son kept the law on our behalf.  We can be made righteous by believing on Him.  To do that we have to agree with God about our sin through repentance and humbly place our faith and trust on Jesus.

Response:

Have you repented and trusted in Christ? 

  • No?  Do it now!  Then email me!
  • Yes?  Take some time to pray and thank God for your salvation.  Also, think about who needs to hear this and go tell them!