Starting in August 2015, Pastor Tony’s series is from the Old Testament Book, Isaiah.
Here is his letter to the congregation:
I start the exposition of Isaiah relying on the prayers of my Redeemer family. The prophet Isaiah ministered over seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus yet paints a vivid picture of the Messiah. Despite popular misconception about the ministry of a prophet, his main task was not to foretell the future, but rather to bring words of reproof and comfort to the people of God. The prophets were often burdened souls, crushed by the hardened hearts and sinful ways of God’s covenant people. The prophets were not typically appreciated or popular because they brought a convicting message. Nevertheless, the people of God needed the prophet’s voice in order to know God’s will. For repentance to occur, God sent his Spirit upon the prophets to deliver His Word. Isaiah is roundly considered the key prophet of the Old Testament. The book of Isaiah is a centerpiece of Biblical revelation. He watched the Northern Kingdom (Israel) fall to the Assyrians and pleaded with the Southern Kingdom (Judah) to turn from the sinful ways of their northern counterparts and renew their covenant commitment to God. The book of Isaiah is an impassioned plea to God’s people mixed with correction, comfort, and promises.
The message of Isaiah to God’s people is timeless. We have the advantage of having witnessed the coming of Jesus, the ultimate fulfillment of Isaiah’s messianic promises and hope. You will be amazed by how relevant Isaiah is for Christians today.
Isaiah’s ministry spanned six decades and the book is an anthology of his oracles. He lived through a diverse epoch of kingdoms and kings, all the while keeping a common message of redemption through God’s anointed One (Messiah). Isaiah reminds us that we are God’s people and He will never relent in working His plan for His name and His people. The prophet reveals our sublime and high God who stands above the nations, requiring justice and equity. Isaiah shows us the Holy One of Israel to whom every person on earth is accountable, but he also tells of the suffering Servant who makes our sins – though they be as red as scarlet – as white as snow.
Have you not known Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
In The Lamb,