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Sermons and Notes on the Prophecy of Isaiah (Chapters 12-28)

April 22
Isaiah 12
“The King Teaches Gratitude and Praise”

Everything in this text hinges upon the justice and mercy of God. God’s anger is justice and God’s turning away from anger and supplying comfort is mercy. Isaiah models for Judah and for us today the proper response to God’s justice and mercy. Isaiah writes, 
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, 
your anger turned away,
 that you might comfort me.” Judah strayed far from God and so God poured out his anger upon Judah dragging her into Babylonian captivity. 70 years later, a remnant of Judah, a portion of the whole, returned to restore Jerusalem, enjoying the turning away of God’s anger and the pouring out of his comfort. What would be the proper response to God’s just anger giving way to merciful comfort? Isaiah writes, “I will give thanks to you, O Lord.”

Ann Lamott wrote, “There are really only two prayers. The first is ‘Help me! Help me! Help me!’ The second is ‘Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!’” When God pours out his anger for sin he is just in doing so and our response is “Help me!” When God turns away from his anger to comfort us in his mercy, our response is “Thank you!” Isaiah models for us true worship – worship that is responsive to God’s justice giving way to his mercy. Continue reading »

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