This is the 2nd entry in a Series that walks through my Sermon preparation for Sunday (2007/12/09). If you want to read them in another order choose one of the following:
I want to begin by reviewing ideas throughout the text of Isaiah 11. Click here to see the text in a new window from BibleGateway: Isaiah 11.
I have been working on and staring at Isaiah 11, Isaiah 61, Romans 15 and Psalm 1 and 2.
Isaiah 11 and 61 are connected at the “Spirit of the Lord God is upon me…”
2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him…
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth,
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked….(11.2,4)
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn…
In BOTH passages, Zion is the place for the culmination of this “anointed” [messiah] to begin his reign where there will be no more conflict. (11.6-9; 61.1-4)
9 They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea. (Isa 11.9 – ESV)
2 …to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
…to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes… (Isa 61.2-3 – ESV)
Let me give a quick review of some mere thoughts on Isaiah 11 (and its counterpart) – especially because of their similarities. After that I will want to run through some versified comments.
Some Mere Thoughts
- The story is about Israel, defeated and oppressed by all its neighbors – Assyria, Moab, Philistia, Edom, not only that, it has been under its own evil kings for long enough … the tree of Israel is been cut down to a stump.
- In this story, though, not all hope is lost. The tree will begin to grow again – with righteousness, faithfulness, pity for the poor and merciless wrath for the sinful oppressor.
I have had too many interruptions today to keep going the way I intended to go. So NOW I will just have to write on straight into the downsizing process. I wanted to make my study as large as possible, and then break off unecessary parts a bit at a time. But I need to just start cutting off everything but what I think is the point I will get to within the sermon.
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If you are interested in a Bible-believing church that worships in the Anglican way, and you live in the Baltimore / Annapolis area, you might consider Emmaus Anglican Church (Catonsville). Click here for the church website.