Isaiah- Session 5- 25:1-10

Session 5- Realizing our Salvation

Isaiah 25:1-10

 

Lesson Resources:

Isaiah Session 5

Isaiah- Session 5- Handout

Isaiah PowerPoint – Session 5

 

Subject:  Salvation

Central Theme:  Realizing Ultimate Salvation

Objective Sentence:  Notice 4 of God’s future actions that help us to realize what our future salvation will look like.

Keyword:  Future Actions

  1.  Receiving Praise. v.1-3
  2.  Providing Refuge. v. 4-5
  3. Defeating Death. v.6-8
  4. Dwelling Together. 9-10

Introduction:

Connection:

  • Have you ever had a trip planned where you dreamed about the destination?
  • You probably researched the website about what the place looked like, how much it would cost, what attractions were available and what food there was to try.
  • When you’re going to a place like that the car or plane ride isn’t the thing you are looking forward to as much as the destination.
  • How you are going to get there isn’t the only thing you think about. What you dream about is what it will be like where you are going.

Tension:

  • Today’s lesson is about salvation, but not how you can know that your saved.
  • Today’s lesson covers a text that describes what our salvation will mean for us in the future.
  • Isaiah is foretelling of a time when God’s people will be with him in the last days.
  • This is an incredible description of what that time will be like as we realize that future salvation.

Notice 4 of God’s future actions that help us to realize what our future salvation will look like.

1.  Receiving Praise. v.1-3

 (1)  O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.  (2)  For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.   Isaiah 25:1-2

 

Explanation:

  • Isaiah 13-23 is a description of the oracles of God for the nations that surrounded Judea and Jerusalem.
  • Much of it was telling the future judgement of these nations.  When Isaiah writes 24 it describes the future judgement of the whole earth during the time known as the “day of the Lord”.
  • It describes God’s future judgement of mankind in the end times.  At the end of chapter 24 you find this description:

 

 (21)  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.  (22)  And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.  (23)  Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.   Isaiah 24:21-23

 

  • This corresponds with what God describes at the end of the tribulation entering into the millennium, the 1,000 year reign of Christ on the earth from Jerusalem.
  • The end of this millennial reign will usher in a new heaven and new earth where God will reign forever.

(15)  And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (16)  And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, (17) Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.  Revelation 11:15-17

  • This is what was foretold about Christ at his first coming.

 (31)  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  (32)  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:  (33)  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1:31-33

  • So when we get to chapter 25, we see a foretold song of praise to God for his victory over those who have rebelled him, and for the salvation of the remnant of those who have believed.
  • This is a song that will be sung by those who have been saved at the end of “the day of the Lord”.

Notice in verse 1 that he says he will praise the Lord!  Why?

  • He states one reason for his praise is “thou hast done wonderful things”.
    • The word here translated “wonderful” could also be called “wonders”.  It speaks of supernatural acts.  God is not limited to only doing the normal or natural thing.  He can do the supernatural.  He is being praised here because He has done the supernatural.
  • Another reason for the praise is that God has planned out the salvation of his people.
    • He says “thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth”.  God has brought along all of human history to this point.  He had this in his plan along.
  • The last reason stated in today’s text for the praise of God is found in verse 2.
    • He is praised for his destruction of the city.
    • What city is he talking about?
    • Some commentators think that it is a generic term for all cities that have made a stand against God through their evil and prideful ways.
    • Some consider this city to be Babylon in the context of the chapters around it.  In the context of Revelation and what we know about the end times, both seem to fit.
    • The Lord of hosts has defeated those who have done evil and oppressed.  He has conquered in such a way that those who do evil will not be able to do it again.
    • This kind of city will never be built again.
  • History is coming to an end point where God will bring judgement to the earth, and will rule and reign.  He will be praised by the people He has saved because they put their trust in Him.

Application:

  • Our view of God is often far too small.
  • History is not just arbitrarily moving forward with no rhyme or reason.  God’s counsels are from old.  He has a plan and a purpose.
  • He will not let sin go.  He will rule and reign!
  • This should create a heart of praise for those of us who know Him as Savior.  Our future is secure because the God of the universe will bring His plans to completion.
  • For those who do not know Christ as Savior, please know that you want to be on His side.  Your life is a vapor that appears for just a little while.  Life is an opportunity to repent and trust in Christ.  Tomorrow may be too late.

  (3)  Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. Isaiah 25:3

Explanation:

  • Because of God’s wonders (v1), plans (v1), and power against the evils of the city (v2), there will be two responses.
  • “Stong people” in this context are those who have been strengthened by God because they have believed on Him.  These are the redeemed.  Their response to God’s wonders, plans, and power is that of worship.  They glorify God because of who He is and what He has done.
  • The response of “the city of terrible nations” who are now in a heap (v1) is that of terror. They now fear God because they understand the choice that they have made to go against the holy, righteous, and powerful Creator and Sustainer of the universe.  There is fear, but at this point their fear is felt too late.

Application:

  • God deserves our worship while we deserve His wrath.  This is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us.  He wants us to choose Him.
  • We should glorify God for His wonders, plans, and power now.

Notice 4 of God’s future actions that help us to realize what our future salvation will look like.

1.  Receiving Praise. v.1-3

2.  Providing Refuge. v. 4-5

(4)  For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.  (5)  Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.  Isaiah 25:4-5

Explanation:

  • Another reason for his praise can be found here in verses 4 and 5.
  • He praises God for his works toward the poor, and to the needy in distress.
  • God offers protection to these people.  You see this protection described through three words:
    • God is a “strength” to the poor and needy in distress. God is a strength to the poor and needy as they deal with their distress and poverty.
    • The word describes a shelter and a safety in the midst of difficulty.  In this context the refuge is for the storm.  Have you ever been out in the elements during the pounding rain, howling wind, and dangerous lightning?  Your fears were calmed and your circumstance changed when you were able to get inside.  This is the picture of God for those in the storm.
    • For the person in the middle of the desert wilderness, the sun is an extreme and dangerous problem.  God is described here as a shadow of relief and comfort from the heat of the enemies of God’s people.
  • There is an eschatological (end times) element in this context.
  • God has protected His people through end-times difficulty and gotten them to the other side.
  • God has been faithful and gracious to His people.  They see it.  They recognize it.
  • It causes them to worship and praise God for his gracious protection to them.

Application:

  • This certainly has a Jewish context, but those who know Christ as Savior can know the gracious protection of the God of the universe.
  • Though we have enemies because of our allegiance to God, God is a God who provides and protects His own.
  • No matter how difficult things get on this earth, God will be a refuge in the storm, a shadow in the heat, and our strength in poverty and distress of all kinds.
  • Consider the words of the hymn, O God, Our Help in Ages Past

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home:

Response:

  • Where do you find your strength and refuge?  Is it in God or something else?
  • Have you praised God for his protection?

Notice 4 of God’s future actions that help us to realize what our future salvation will look like.

1.  Receiving Praise. v.1-3

2.  Providing Refuge. v. 4-5

3. Defeating Death. v.6-8

(6)  And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.  (7)  And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. (8)  He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.  Isaiah 25:6-8

Explanation:

  • After praising God for his protection, Isaiah takes us to an incredible setting.  It is a feast and it is being hosted by God, Himself.  The best food and drink are provided as God feasts with his people.  All of the redeemed are a part of this incredible event.  This feasting is not something that is evil or grotesque.  We see the people of God enjoying the goodness of God with God Himself in a way that brings Him honor and glory.
  • Then there is an incredible statement made that should excite us to our very core.  God will destroy “the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.”  What is it that God is destroying?  What is the covering and the vail?
  • The answer to this is made clear in verse 8.  The cover and vail that is destroyed is death itself!  God had told Adam that in the day that they disobeyed him they would “surely die”.

Genesis 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

  • The Bible is clear that sin has brought about death.  It is the effect of the curse that every person who has ever lived has had to deal with.

Ezekiel 18:20a  The soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Romans 6:23a  For the wages of sin is death;

  • God has dealt with sin.  He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sin.  Those who have trusted Him are saved from the curse of sin, and from death.  Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life!  If any man come to me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and he who lives and believes in me shall never die!”  Romans tells us that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.”
  • In these verses we see God ending death itself.  It says “He will swallow up death in victory”! What an incredible statement.  He puts death to death!
  • The text also says that He will wipe away every tear.  This is spoken of in Revelation 21:4 as well.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

  • Think of it!  All of the effects of the curse will be known as “former things”!  This is what is meant when the text says “the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth.”  How do we know this will happen?  “The mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”
  • One hymn writer put it this way:

When fadeth the day and dark shadows draw nigh,
With Christ close at hand, it is not death to die;
He’ll wipe ev’ry tear, roll away ev’ry care;
We’ll say “good-nigh”t here, but “good-morning” up there.

Application:

  • History is going somewhere.  The curse is broken, and death will come to death.  Everyone is going to spend eternity somewhere.  Do you want to spend eternity with death, pain, and tears as a “former thing” or do you want to be like the rich man who “lifted up his eyes being in torment”?

Response:

  • Have you accepted God’s gift of salvation?
  • Are you living for eternity today?

Notice 4 of God’s future actions that help us to realize what our future salvation will look like.

1.  Receiving Praise. v.1-3

2.  Providing Refuge. v. 4-5

3. Defeating Death. v.6-8

4. Dwelling Together. 9-10

 (9)  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.  (10)  For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.  Isaiah 25:9-10

Explanation:

  • Have you ever waited for something?  As a kid it may have been Christmas.  Maybe it was counting down to your wedding day.  Maybe you couldn’t wait for the birth of a child, or for your long-distance friends or family to arrive for a vacation.
  • We’ve all experienced the longing that grows as we wait for something.
  • For the believer there is a sense in which this is how we feel about God.  We know that God is pleased by our faith.  We know that God wants us to believe, yet we long to see him not just with the eyes of faith.  We long to be in His presence.
  • We long to be in a place where there is no more death, pain, suffering and sin.  We long to be with Christ.
  • In verse 9 we see the people that have been saved expressing this reality.  They proclaim that this God is their God.  It is the God that they have waited for that is here with them, being praised, providing refuge, and destroying death.
  • He is providing rest, and is destroying all the enemies of God and his people.  Those that seemed so powerful before (Moab) are like straw stamped down in a dunghill.  They are no threat.  God has provided salvation to His people and will dwell with them for eternity!

Application:

  • For today’s application I just want you to meditate a few moments in the hope that is inevitably found for those who believe the following verses:

(20)  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  (21)  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  (22)  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (23)  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. (24)  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. (25)  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.  (26)  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (27)  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

1 Corinthians 15:20-27

  • The God that shall rule and reign over His enemies, that shall destroy death, that shall be praised for his provision of refuge for the weak, is the same God that wants to save us from our sin today, and then come to indwell us.  If you are in Christ, then the Spirit of God is in you.  This is our hope.  This is our message.
  • Consider Colossians 1:27-28.

(27)  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  (28)  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Colossians 1:27-28

Response:

  • Are you in Christ today?  Do you know Christ as your Savior?  It is your only hope.
  • Believer, is God ruling in you today?  Where are you not submitting to God’s Spirit in your life?
  • Take a few moments to rejoice in the future hope that we have in dwelling with God forever!

Conclusion:

Notice 4 of God’s future actions that help us to realize what our future salvation will look like.

1.  Receiving Praise. v.1-3

2.  Providing Refuge. v. 4-5

3. Defeating Death. v.6-8

4. Dwelling Together. 9-10

 

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