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A Message for the Lost and for the Saved

Bro. Ron Rupé
5/29/2009 6:00 PM

Isaiah 42:22-25

 

But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come? Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? Did not the Lord, he against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.

 

This describes the condition of the lost. The "lost" aren’t just the grossly wicked, but are any who won’t walk in God’s ways.

 

"Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart." This is the result of this condition; God sends his fury on them and it burns them. "But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore." This is the effect. It is the condition that lost souls find themselves in. Once sin has snared a soul, nobody can or will deliver that one [but Christ]. This may not happen in a moment, but this is the result. God has a message for the lost. He won’t be angry forever.

 

Isaiah 43:1-3

 

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

 

This continues from chapter 42. Isaiah is talking to the same people. God is the Savior and Deliverer. He redeems, restores, and calls you by name. "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." NO matter what you’re going through, remember that you have a "then" and a "now," too. Then: "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:" (Ephesians 2:12) Now: "But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine." Now we belong to God. We’re his.

 

5 Statements:

1 – Created

2 – Formed

3 – Redeemed

4 – Called

5 – "Thou art mine."

 

"Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:" (Hebrews 6:17) God wants your faith to be encouraged. He wants you to know that he loves you. These 5 statements are meant to build and bolster faith. Things won’t harm us because God is with us.

 

Psalm 138:6-8

 

Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

 

"…thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands." God created us, and he wants that to encourage us. He won’t "forsake the work of his own hands." "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by him, and for him:" (Colossians 1:16)

 

The 5 statements in Isaiah become more intimate as they go. God is more intimate with us than just creature and Creator. He formed us.

 

Genesis 2:7; 1:27

 

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

When God created people, he got personally involved. He didn’t create us by command. He didn’t create people in the image of a beast. He made us, formed us, in his own image, by his own hands. He breathed his own breath into us. He’s more than our Creator; he’s our Father. Even more than that, he redeemed us.

 

1 Peter 1:18-19

 

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

 

When you go through trials, remember that you’re a redeemed child of God. He paid the price for us with his own life. We can believe that he will help us in times of trouble. This relationship is more intimate, even, than Redeemer and redeemed.

 

Psalm 139:1-6

 

O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

 

God cares about us individually and personally. It’s hard to comprehend. "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John 2:2) God has called, generally, to all mankind, but it’s personal, too. He has laid his hand on you. God has said, "Thou art mine." God has claimed us.

 

Psalm 17:7-9

 

Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of thine eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

 

Because you’ve responded to his call, you’re his child and you belong to him. "For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye." (Zechariah 2:8)

 

Isaiah 43:2

 

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

 

God will be with us whenever we’re in trials. He will be with us. What more do we want or need? To the lost … walking apart from God’s ways will lead you to be robbed, spoiled and ensnared. God created you, too. He formed you, sent his Son to redeem you and is calling you, but you won’t be his until you respond to that call.

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