Sermon on Sunday December 7, 2014 Pastor Thomas Tate
THE EAGERNESS OF ISAIAH
Micah’s Prayer – The Making of a Godly Man
Lord I pray that you would develop him in his heart, mind, body, soul and spirit. Setting him apart to serve you and bring glory to your name in all of his ways and all of his days. Father I pray that you would bless him in his knowledge of you and give him the strength, stature and wisdom of Solomon I pray that you would give him the faithfulness of Abraham and the humility of Moses. I also pray Father that you would bless him with the righteousness of Job and the eagerness of Isaiah. I pray that you would give him the heart after you like David and the ears of Samuel that are so attentive to Your voice. I pray Lord that You would give him the propheticness of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, the zeal of Paul and the boldness of Peter. I also pray God that you would bless him with the gift of encouragement like Barnabas and the teachability of Timothy.
THE EAGERNESS OF ISAIAH
In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.
Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’ “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, their ears dull, and their eyes dim, otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and return and be healed.” Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered, “Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people And the land is utterly desolate,
“The Lord has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. “Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an oak Whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump.”
If You Know Jesus THEN You’re Ready To Go
So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; and he took food and was strengthened. for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.
God IS asking you, “Will you go?”
for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”
What is your excuse?
As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”
But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
God is sending you into enemy territory
And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. “Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
God is looking FOR A small remnant like CBC
The Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me
All it takes is faith
Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, “Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps the Lord will work for us, for the Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few.”
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
MICAH’S PRAYER – THE MAKING OF A GODLY MAN
THE EAGERNESS OF ISAIAH
- What is something that you are always excited to go do or would be excited to do?
- Read Isaiah 6:1-13. What did Isaiah see? What was his response after having a personal encounter with God? How should that relate to us today?
- What was God’s question and how many details did He give in what He needed? What was Isaiah’s response? How many questions did he ask before he volunteered? What would people normally ask before volunteering to do something?
- How did God describe Isaiah’s mission: Easy, fun, no cost… How are the people described in this passage similar to today’s society?
- Following God always has a cost to it: Friends, comfort, money, family, time… If God called you to make a bold stand for him among people who are opposed to His message what would you do? What wouldn’t you be willing to sacrifice or what would be the most difficult things to sacrifice? What have you sacrificed to follow Jesus?
- The fact is God has called you to go and make disciples and he has warned us that if we don’t these people will perish in their sins (read Luke 10:2-3 & Romans 10:13-15). Many people wonder what will happen to those that don’t hear the gospel, the real question for us is why haven’t they heard the Gospel. Discuss the magnitude of this statement.
- Read Luke 9:57-62. What did these people claim they would do? When did they say they would do it? What was Jesus’ response? How does that apply to us today? How will this affect what you do from this point forward?