December 2, 2021 - Isaiah 49 – God Will Be Your Strength

:hawaiianshirt_1: Pastor JD talks about how God, through the prophet Isaiah, reassures His people that He will never forget them, and will be their strength for them, then concludes by partaking of communion.

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Isaiah 48 (New Kings James Version)

“Listen, O coastlands, to Me,
And take heed, you peoples from afar!
The Lord has called Me from the womb;
From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
2 And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword;
In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,
And made Me a polished shaft;
In His quiver He has hidden Me.”

3 “And He said to me,
‘You are My servant, O Israel,
In whom I will be glorified.’
4 Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain;
Yet surely my just reward is with the Lord,
And my work with my God.’ ”

5 “And now the Lord says,
Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him,
So that Israel is gathered to Him
(For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord,
And My God shall be My strength),
6 Indeed He says,
‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”

7 Thus says the Lord,
The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One,
To Him whom man despises,
To Him whom the nation abhors,
To the Servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and arise,
Princes also shall worship,
Because of the Lord who is faithful,
The Holy One of Israel;
And He has chosen You.”

8 Thus says the Lord:
“In an acceptable time I have heard You,
And in the day of salvation I have helped You;
I will preserve You and give You
As a covenant to the people,
To restore the earth,
To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages;
9 That You may say to the prisoners, ‘Go forth,’
To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’

“They shall feed along the roads,
And their pastures shall be on all desolate heights.
10 They shall neither hunger nor thirst,
Neither heat nor sun shall strike them;
For He who has mercy on them will lead them,
Even by the springs of water He will guide them.
11 I will make each of My mountains a road,
And My highways shall be elevated.
12 Surely these shall come from afar;
Look! Those from the north and the west,
And these from the land of Sinim.”

13 Sing, O heavens!
Be joyful, O earth!
And break out in singing, O mountains!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
And will have mercy on His afflicted.

God Will Remember Zion

14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
And my Lord has forgotten me.”

15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
17 Your sons shall make haste;
Your destroyers and those who laid you waste
Shall go away from you.
18 Lift up your eyes, look around and see;
All these gather together and come to you.
As I live,” says the Lord,
“You shall surely clothe yourselves with them all as an ornament,
And bind them on you as a bride does.

19 “For your waste and desolate places,
And the land of your destruction,
Will even now be too small for the inhabitants;
And those who swallowed you up will be far away.
20 The children you will have,
After you have lost the others,
Will say again in your ears,
‘The place is too small for me;
Give me a place where I may dwell.’
21 Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who has begotten these for me,
Since I have lost my children and am desolate,
A captive, and wandering to and fro?
And who has brought these up?
There I was, left alone;
But these, where were they?’ ”

22 Thus says the Lord God:

“Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations,
And set up My standard for the peoples;
They shall bring your sons in their arms,
And your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders;
23 Kings shall be your foster fathers,
And their queens your nursing mothers;
They shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth,
And lick up the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord,
For they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.”

24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty,
Or the captives of the righteous be delivered?

25 But thus says the Lord:

“Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,
And the prey of the terrible be delivered;
For I will contend with him who contends with you,
And I will save your children.
26 I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh,
And they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine.
All flesh shall know
That I, the Lord, am your Savior,
And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”


To JD, this was a much needed teaching.

Your reminder to think upon Jesus as the Son of man, as a person who experienced everything that we could possibly experience was good. (As a note, if God looked at His day’s work in Creation and used “good” to describe it, then “good” is a really good word :slightly_smiling_face:) We have a tendency to pull out our paintbrushes of opinion and brush others in ways we think they ought to be. I am going through a trial right now, and I have no one to talk to…BUT GOD. Others look at me and brush me with phrases like, You are so strong, or, You’ll be fine, you are tough. The only friend I have is Jesus, and I mean that literally. Oh, how I have desired that Jesus could come in human form and sit with me.

During communion, I try to think on the demonic onslaught that was simultaneously going on with the physical punishments. If we had an inkling of what Jesus knew, as God incarnate, was going to happen to him, I think his sweating blood would be better understood.

It is that time of year where a fat guy wearing red, black, and white laughs at people for believing in him. And they should be laughed at. Gleeful death to Christ, aka merry Christmas, is defended by the Christians. Every Christian that I have defined the actual meaning of this pagan greeting snorts their nose at me and says they will keep on exclaiming it everywhere.
Can we not have a greeting that is at least dignified?
Satan made sure to make a pagan mockery out of the birth, and more importantly, death of Jesus with Easter and Christmas.



@staceylovesJesus I watched this brilliant to share with unbelievers , Johnny Anonymous is very talented , I also watched the one titled se7en and cried with such love for the Lord x


yes, he’s very talented… :dizzy:
@Cara i love the one titled The Alley.

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I certainly needed this study! Feeling much better. It is wonderful thinking about how much Jesus loves us.

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