Sunday, November 1, 2009

Isaiah's example

As my dad was preaching this morning I was very convicted about this and wanted to share it with you all. The message was on Isaiah 5 and 6. As we looked at the six woes on Judah in Chapter 5, we saw a parallel to the United States and where it is headed. It is crazy to look at it and very true. Then came the convicting part in Chapter 6.

Isa 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
Isa 6:9 He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.'
Isa 6:10 "Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed."
Isa 6:11 Then I said, "Lord, how long?" And He answered, "Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people And the land is utterly desolate,
Isa 6:12 "The LORD has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
Isa 6:13 "Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an oak Whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump."

Are we like Isaiah? Do we say here am I Lord send me!? Or do we make excuses like Moses made. I can’t speak to people. I’m afraid. I just can’t do it oh Lord. Are we willing to go and do whatever the Lord wants us to do? Are we willing at all or do we just want to stay in our comfort zone inside the church and say They will come to us if they want to know about Christ. I want you to notice what the Lord said. He says “Go and tell this people”. Strangely familiar. Jesus Christ also told us to Go and preach the gospel; to go and tell the gospel to all creation. Obviously if we are to go that means that we have to go somewhere where there is people who need to hear the message. We aren’t going to give it to people we know are believers. Now let’s take a look at verse 11. Isaiah says “Lord how long?” The Lord replies until everything is utterly destroyed; until Babylon comes to take Judah captive. Isaiah never saw Babylon come which means he preached this until he died. Judah didn't even listen to him, but Isaiah was still obedient. Are we being obedient? Even though no one may listen to us we still need to preach the gospel. We also like Isaiah should preach the gospel of Jesus Christ until we die or until the rapture comes. What an amazing example Isaiah is to us. We should be following this example instead of making excuses. We should be obedient to Christ command even though no one may listen; though no one may care. So STOP making excuses and GO willingly!

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