Isaiah 2:1-4:6 (2:1-5; 2:6-22; 3:1-4:1; 4:2-6); 2:2a, 5, 22

"In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as the highest of the mountains..." "let us walk in the light of the Lord" "Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?" (Isa 2:2, 5, 22, NIV).

Theme: Your life (walk) is the evidence of your faith. Walking in the light requires that we trust God and not man.

Recap:

  1. Why study Isaiah?

    The book of Isaiah, in a way almost unparalleled in any other biblical book, reveals a complete picture of God: sovereignty, creativity, purposefulness, trustworthiness, faithfulness, justice, grace, holiness, glory and patience.” John Oswalt, The Holy One of Israel: Studies in the Book of Isaiah, 2014.

  2. What is Isaiah 1 about?

    "Isaiah 1 is an introduction to the entire book, containing the basic themes of Isaiah's ministry, namely, the sinfulness of Judah and Jerusalem (1:3-8), the tender appeals of the Lord (1:16-19), the certainty of the coming judgment (1:24-25, 28-31), and the blessedness of the salvation to come (1:26-27)." Edward J. Young, The Book of Isaiah. 1965.

Isaiah 3:1-4:6; 4:2

"In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel" (Isa 4:2, NIV).

Theme: Are you going to remain proud and trust in man/yourself, or are you going to humble yourself and exalt God alone?

Recap: The Ideal and the Actual: Walk in the Light (Isa 2:1-22, 5)

* Salvation is not a position. It is a ____ (Isa 2:3, 5), a way of life.

* The evidence of our faith is not just what we say but how we live.

* Be brutally honest with yourself before the light of truth (1 Jn 1:5; Jn 8:12). Refusing to face the truth guarantees that one will remain in permanant and incurable self-deception (Jer 17:9) and slavery (Jn 8:32).

* God desires that we live a ______ life (Gen 17:1; Eph 1:4).

* To trust God requires that we STOP ___________ (Isa 2:22).

* Fight against _____ which God always opposes and learn _______ which God always blesses (Isa 2:9, 11, 17; Prov 15:33; 18:12; 22:4; 29:23).

Isaiah 5:1-7, 1, 4 (1-7, 8-25, 26-30) Sermon Powerpoint. [Reading of Isaiah 5:1-7 with pictures - 1 min)]

"I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside." "What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?" (Isa 5:1, 4).

Theme: What more can God do after all that he has done for the people he loves?

Recap: The Actual and the New (Isaiah 3-4). God will humble the proud and arrogant and God alone will be exalted. Despite man's pride and rebellion, God's plans will never be thwarted.

The genius of Isaiah is that chapter 1 alone, or chapters 1-5, or 1-6 have all been regarded by various OT scholars as the introduction to the entire book of Isaiah. Also, in chapters 1-5 we can identify three majestic movements or overtures: