2 keynote sermon

Sunday March 18 "Let Us Reason Together" Pastor Wood

Text: Isaiah 1:18 (ESV) 18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

  1. I, the Lord, have reared and brought up children, but they have rebelled against me.
  1. The Lord of hosts has not left us.
  1. Let us reason together, says the Lord.

Scripture for reflection:

  1. I, the Lord, have reared and brought up children, but they have rebelled against me.
    1. Malachi 1:6 (ESV) “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’
    2. Deuteronomy 9:23–24 (ESV) 23 And when the Lord sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, ‘Go up and take possession of the land that I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God and did not believe him or obey his voice. 24 You have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you.
    3. Proverbs 17:11 (ESV) 11 An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
    4. Nehemiah 9:26–27 (ESV) 26 “Nevertheless, they were disobedient and rebelled against you and cast your law behind their back and killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you, and they committed great blasphemies. 27 Therefore you gave them into the hand of their enemies, who made them suffer. And in the time of their suffering they cried out to you and you heard them from heaven, and according to your great mercies you gave them saviors who saved them from the hand of their enemies.
  2. The Lord of hosts has not left us.
    1. Leviticus 26:11 (ESV)11 I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you.
    2. Romans 9:29 (ESV)29 And as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring, we would have been like Sodom and become like Gomorrah.”
    3. Psalm 37:28 (ESV) 28  For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
    4. Isaiah 42:16 (ESV) 16 And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.
    5. Lamentations 3:31-32 (ESV) 31 For the Lord will not cast off forever, 32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
    6. 2 Corinthians 4:9 (ESV) persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
  3. Let us reason together, says the Lord.
    1. Isaiah 41:21 (ESV) 21 Set forth your case, says the Lord; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.
    2. 1 Samuel 12:7 (ESV) Now therefore stand still that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous deeds of the Lord that he performed for you and for your fathers.
    3. Job 40:6–8 (ESV) Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?
    4. Job 13:22 (ESV) 22 Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and you reply to me.