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January 31, 2012, 1:07 PM

Sermon Janus

Okay, I want to look backward and forward today.  Here's the backwards part.  Hopefully, we were able to connect on a vital point Sunday.  Forget active and passive obedience for a moment!  God's people were called to be the light of the world.  To be a kingdom of priests.  They didn't do that!  As we saw on Sunday, they had to be coaxed and wooed into the reality of their privileged call.  God, through Isaiah, tells them, "That's it -- you're out of here, 'cause you just don't get it!  Go into exile!"  That's the forst 39 chapters of Isaiah, by the way.

However, in the very next prophetic breath, God says beginning in Isaiah 40, I'm not going to give up on you.  I will bring you back, and it will be even better than it was before.  The job I gave you will get done.  I'll personally make sure that happens.  (My word never returns void!  Ever.)  And then, to vividly illustrate what he is going to do, God beigns speaking poetically about a special "Servant of the Lord" who will make it happen.  Uh, this is code language for Jesus, friends.

Here's the forward looking part:  In these servant song poems that we will be looking at (see previous blog entry), beginning with the first one in Isaiah 42:1-4 this upcoming Sunday, we will see what the obedient, faithful Israelite should look like.  In other words, what God's people SHOULD have been doing all along.  This is really cool stuff, these poems.  Jesus came to be Israel the right way, without the murmuring; the backbiting, the whoring after other gods and ways.  Minus the wilderness disobedience and on the positive side of the equation -- desiring the law like a honeycomb.  That was Jesus in our place.  That was Jesus for us.

I do want you to understand that even though Jesus has fulfilled the mission given to God's people, that doesn't mean that we are at the place where we can pack it up and go home.  Now, we have been invited into the job, riding on the coat-tails of the Servant of the Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit.  The mission is the same -- and the results are STILL guaranteed, so to speak.  So when you read New Testament ethical exhortations, you may read them as an Israelite read Deuteronomy.  They are your light instructions!

We will keep hammering away at these little tidbits as we progress!  Here below is the text for this Sunday's sermon.  Please do drink it in, thinking as you go, how do I fit into this picture?  How can I reflect this light?

Isaiah 42:1-4  1 "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.  2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.  3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.  In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4 he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope." (NIV)



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