Theme: In the Hebrew language, to listen is to act.

“The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. I offered my back to those who beat memy cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting(Isa 50:5-6). “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion,'Your God reigns!'”  (Isa 52:7)

 9.2016ServanthoodOutlineTheme: God can never forget his people.

But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God(Isa 49:4). “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me" (Isa 49:15-16).

"If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea" (Isa 48:18).

Theme: If only you had listened...

Preamble: No, we cannot ever lose "peace with God." But we can lose what Isaiah calls "peace like a river" (Isa 48:18; 66:12). Nothing can touch the peace with God which justification brings (Rom 5:1) and the peace which is Christ's gift (Jn 14:27), the peace which, indeed, is Jesus himself (Eph 2:14). But a river belongs in this world making its way through all the changing scenes of life and it can become clogged and polluted ... unless we are careful. The cares and blows of the world can easily take over and we lose our peace. But it need not be so. Think of deeply, steadily, silently flowing waters, the same whether the scene on its banks is turbulent, whether under sunny or loweing skies, whether through fertile fields or through barren lands. On it flows, serene, calm. But if we lose the life of peace, it is because we forsook obedience to the Word of God. (Alec Motyer, Isaiah by the Day)