Isaiah 32 by Pastor Don Moore

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Isaiah 32 by Pastor Don Moore

Bible study from 4-30-10

God will come through on the 11th hour. God will not part the Red Sea in advance of the coming Egyptian Army, he will do it at the right time. Don’t doubt, permit, expect or speak the worst. Leave room for God to do His thing.

Isaiah 32:1 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice.

A Messianic blessing for the Kingdom of God. This chapter reads like the Proverbs giving us nuggets of wisdom.

Isaiah 32:2 A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest, as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

Who does this describe?  Jesus, who is our hiding place, etc.

Isaiah 32:3-4 The eyes of those who see will not be dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen. Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.

This is a prophecy of the coming of the Lord with all His benefits and blessings.

Isaiah 32:5-6 The foolish person will no longer be called generous, nor the miser said to be bountiful; for the foolish person will speak foolishness, and his heart will work iniquity: to practice ungodliness, to utter error against the LORD, to keep the hungry unsatisfied, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.

This reads like a Proverb. The understanding of man and the wisdom of man cause us to err against the Lord. Christ gets unseated if we focus on our own understanding.

1 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.

Pastors and shepherds are not to declare the wisdom of the world, but rather the Word of God.

1 Corinthians 2:2-5 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Paul came not with human wisdom, but in a demonstration of the Spirit and power. God fulfills, with blessings and wide rivers of faith. The power of God is not just words. Sermons and homilies are not enough. Even satan can use nice words, persuasive words that deceive people.

The wisdom of man is foolishness. The wisdom of God looks like foolishness to man, but God comes with demonstrations of power.  If you are preaching but there is no demonstration of power it is a social gospel.

Wisdom among the mature, causes us to look deeply in the Word. When we are in need of correction do we receive the correction?  The immature want to defend and justify what they are doing.

Pastor Don was raised a Baptist Child, and the Baptists are great for getting people saved, but there is not so much faith in Jesus healing people. They give life to the Lord based on preaching. But Jesus healed the sick, preached the gospel, and then people were saved. We have been doing it backwards, we have been preaching salvation, then you can get healed or freed.

A person once questioned: What if we pray to a Tootsie Roll?  Nothing happens. If we pray to God and nothing happens, what distinguishes God from a Tootsie Roll?  Answer: Signs and wonders.

TL Osborne was a Methodist minister who wanted to plant the Gospel in India. He could not get people saved there and asked God why.  The Indians said that they believe for gods, but why is the Christian God different.  TL Osborn began to pray and preach the Gospel and people began to be healed. This distinguished God from the Hindu deities.

THE BOOK OF ACTS IS NOT COMPLETED.

The Bible is true and we can do what it says we can do.  We should be looking like the book of Acts.

1 Corinthians 2:6-7 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,

What was once mystery is not mystery anymore for God ordained them to be revealed for our glory. God wants you to do spiritual exploits so you can get some of His glory. Not just TL Osborne, but we should be building up testimonies of miracles, signs, wonders, words of knowledge and supernatural words of wisdom through God working through us. We need to know who we are in Christ. These should be simple to us as Christ works through us.

1 Corinthians 2:8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The rulers of this age did not know the mysteries concerning Jesus (Cross, grave, resurrection, and second coming).

1 Corinthians 2:9-12 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

God reveals these mysteries to us through His Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:13-14 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Natural man cannot understand those things taught Spirit to Spirit. The Spiritual understanding has nothing to do with college degrees or intellect.

1 Corinthians 2:15-16 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

We want the mind of Christ which gives us understanding.

Isaiah 32:5-6 The foolish person will no longer be called generous, nor the miser said to be bountiful; for the foolish person will speak foolishness, and his heart will work iniquity: to practice ungodliness, to utter error against the LORD, to keep the hungry unsatisfied, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.

There are three ways sin occurs according to this passage.

1. Works of iniquity – (sins) you do not in accordance with God’s will. To practice ungodliness – keeping on doing sins that you love, even when you know that you are sinning.
2. transgressions against another person
3. Sin  – violating God’s commandments.

Nate Holcomb, a pastor that Pastor Don listened to on either radio or  television spoke on Psalm 51:4  Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight—that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.

David had arranged that Uriah would be killed to cover up David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheba. When confronted by the prophet Nathan, David said that he sinned against God. He confessed his iniquity.  As king and man of God, David had a burden of conviction that he had sinned against God, violated God’s law. He did not want God’s Spirit taken from him.

If we understand this, we have to be aware of our iniquity, and realize that not only is our sin hurting us, but we are responsible for others, and our sin hurts them. We want to move forward and do God’s will. But if we are holding iniquity in our lives it presents a problem when we are out in the market place. If God says I’ll do it and we go, OK. Iniquity causes us to feel we are not worthy, it also causes us to strike out at each other. If we are mad at God, we hide from God. If we transgress against God or others we hide out from them. The truth is that whether we sin in secret or publicly God still sees it. If we ask for forgiveness, God forgives and it is past. There may be repercussions from the seeds of sin we planted, but in God’s eyes we are forgiven.

Sometimes we want to justify iniquity by putting ourselves down. But if we put our iniquity above God’s forgiveness, our past iniquity becomes an idol. What the devil brings against you about past sins will keep you from doing what you are called to do. If the enemy can get you to devalue yourself he can keep you from being what you are called to be.  People are dying to hear that they are acceptable to God with their sins.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We mess up and God cleans us up.

Psalm 19:12-13 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.

Get me straight so that I don’t have sins or secret faults. Let me not have presumptuous sins.

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear

If I don’t deal with my iniquity, It interferes with my ability to communicate with God. We cannot rid ourselves of iniquity without God helping us. We want to stay in line with God’s will. We can get out of his will, which is why we must self-check our thoughts and intents to make sure we are under God’s perfect will for our lives.

Isaiah 32:7 Also the schemes of the schemer are evil; he devises wicked plans to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaks justice.

God will change my value system. When I serve God He will increase my value. People who show up are the ones who are promoted. Jesus washed feet, no rabbi of his day would have done that. Jesus gets down and washes away the dirt. He teaches that we are to take the lower seat, which is the way to promotion. To seek to serve, not to be served. Our value system of what is important has to change. We need to allow God to change our value system.

Isaiah 32:16-20 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places, though hail comes down on the forest, and the city is brought low in humiliation. Blessed are you who sow beside all waters, who send out freely the feet of the ox and the donkey.

All waters = ALL PEOPLE.  When we are rebellious it is out of our filth.  Let’s not get out of God’s will.

Praying you have a blessed day.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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