Waiting for Messiah

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Isaiah

Isaiah 33, “Waiting for Messiah”

Waiting is tough for most of us.  They say “patience is a virtue,” but I haven’t met too many people who enjoy waiting around.  Usually when we think of having to wait, we think in terms of endurance; not enjoyment.  Of course as tough as it is, waiting can be a bit easier if we have a goal in mind – something to look forward to.  One of our workout videos at home often reminds us, “It’s only 20 minutes!” knowing that we can push ourselves for a little while if we know what’s coming around the corner.  (It’s the same idea that almost universally gets kids to behave if they’re told they can have an ice-cream if they’re good!)  Sometimes we need to be reminded of what is yet to come.

That’s the way it was with Isaiah & the people of Jerusalem as well.  They were suffering now.  They had the threat of the Assyrians on their doorstep, and they were running scared.  The people had sent off emissaries to Egypt to try to get help for themselves, and they were so panicked that they had neglected to seek the Lord for help (though He was the only one who could help).  And they would suffer in the future.  Isaiah had written extensively of the rebellion of the people, and how God would be rising up in judgment against them.  But judgment was not the only thing that awaited the Jews; they could also expect an era of restoration when God Himself would dwell among them as their King.

To be sure, Isaiah’s prophecies have included much about the Messianic Kingdom already, but it receives a renewed focus here.  Through the prophet, God reminds the people what is coming, for a couple of reasons: (1) so that they would repent from their current sin, (2) and so that they would take heart in the promise of the Messiah.  The people of Israel were (and always would be) the people of God, and God would be good to His promises to dwell among them, though He would purify them first.  Yet they would see His glorious holiness, and they would worship Him as Lord, just as God had always intended them to do.

Isaiah 33

  • Prayer for help (vss. 1-6)

1 Woe to you who plunder, though you have not been plundered; And you who deal treacherously, though they have not dealt treacherously with you! When you cease plundering, You will be plundered; When you make an end of dealing treacherously, They will deal treacherously with you.

  • Several of the past chapters have begun with a “woe,” but Ch 33 is unique.  The other woes have been against Jerusalem (or other references to God’s people) in their approach to the Assyrian threat.  They had been looking to their own political alliances and manipulations to deal with Sennacherib and Assyria.  They had been relying upon the works of their flesh rather than the work and promise of God.  God had repeatedly chastised the people for doing such a thing.  In Ch. 28, there had been woe to the prideful drunkards of Ephraim.  In Ch. 29, it was woe to the Ariel the city of David because of their disobedience.  In Ch. 30, it was woe to the rebellious children who took counsel from everyone but God.  In Ch. 31, it was woe to those who go to Egypt & trust in chariots & horses.  Obviously, God was making a point: Stop it!  Stop disobeying the covenant of God, stop putting your trust in yourselves, stop making alliances with the people who had previously enslaved you – just stop all of this foolishness.  It all stunk of corrupted human flesh & pride, and God had something so much more for His people.
    • God calls us to walk by faith!  It’s not about what WE can do & what WE can drum up; it’s about what God can do.  As God’s people, we trusted Jesus enough to save us from sin & death – we trusted Jesus to seal us with the Holy Spirit and to grant us eternal life – and yet we somehow think we can’t trust Jesus with the day-to-day?  As if Jesus is trustworthy with the eternal, but not with the general?  That’s foolishness!  And yet that’s exactly what we do when we start walking in our pride, or we discount how the Bible says we should act in certain areas, or we just ignore the Lord in general.  Jesus didn’t save us to just be the God of our eternal future; He saved us so that we could also walk with Him right now in the day-to-day.  And the only way we can do that is when we trust Him enough to walk by faith…
  • Yet this time, the woe is not against Israel/Judah, but against an unnamed plunderer – most likely, Assyria.  The Assyrians were the aggressors – they were the ones “dealing treacherously” with the nations that they invaded.  Even as kings gave tribute to Sennacherib, he violated their agreements and still brought destruction on the lands.  Here, Isaiah is proclaiming God’s woe upon them.  They would themselves be plundered & dealt with harshly.  The oppressor would experience justice.
    • Paul might refer to this same thing as the principle of sowing & reaping. (Gal 6:7-8)  If we hand out injustice, we ought to expect to receive injustice.  If we hand out anger, we ought to expect to encounter anger.  When we sow corruption to our flesh, then we reap corruption in all sorts of ways. … How is the cycle broken?  Only by the grace of Jesus Christ!

2 O LORD, be gracious to us; We have waited for You. Be their arm every morning, Our salvation also in the time of trouble.

  • The woe was just the introduction; Isaiah now turns to the Lord in prayer asking for mercy and deliverance from the enemy.  He had prophesied as to what God would do to the enemy, and now he’s praying for how God would act with His people.  He does so according to several things…
  • Isaiah knows God’s covenant: “O LORD.”  It’s not by accident that Isaiah uses the covenant name of God here.  Any request that Isaiah could make of God would be based upon the covenant relationship he had with God.  Otherwise, Isaiah would have no basis by which to come.  Why would God hear the prayers of someone who had no relationship with Him & who was in continued rebellion against Him?  That just wouldn’t make any sense.  Yet Isaiah DID have a relationship with God because he knew God through the national covenants.
    • As do we.  As Christians, we can go before God in prayer because of the covenant we have with God through Jesus Christ.  The very thing we remember when taking communion is the blood of the new covenant, which is represented by the cup.  We have relationship with God ONLY through the covenant given us by Jesus Christ.  (And for which we can be eternally thankful!)
  • Isaiah knows God’s character: “be gracious.”  He asks for the kindness and favor of God simply because he knows he can.  Think of it…in other false religions, there would be no thought of someone asking for kindness because their idea of god is anything but kind.  Yet Isaiah knew the true God well enough to know God’s love & kindness & mercy that He makes available to His people.
    • How well do we know our God?  When we pray, do we do so knowing what God has already promised us in His word?  Do we do so knowing the love of the Lord Jesus for us?  Or do we speak as if we’re speaking to a stranger? …
  • Isaiah knows God’s power: “their arm…our salvation.”  He asks for God’s salvation because he knows God is more than able to save!  What good would it be to ask for strength if God was imaginary or weak?  No – Isaiah asks for help from the Lord because he has faith that God can actually DO something because God is the Living Omnipotent Creator Covenant-keeping God of Israel.
    • We serve the Living God!  We serve a victorious Savior!  We can ask Jesus for salvation, and trust Him to do it because He is powerful enough to have already made it possible.
  • The right response to all of this?  Wait upon the Lord!  When Isaiah writes “we have waited for You,” he seems to indicate that the people of Jerusalem were done with seeking the Egyptians and other people for help.  They knew that they’re only hope was in the Lord, and they would wait upon Him for help.
    • When we’ve prayed – when we’ve sought the Lord, trusting in His person and His power – now what?  Wait.  Wait upon the Lord Jesus & maintain your trust in Him.  Sometimes we might not see the answer to our prayers simply because we didn’t wait upon the Lord to answer. 

3 At the noise of the tumult the people shall flee; When You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered; 4 And Your plunder shall be gathered Like the gathering of the caterpillar; As the running to and fro of locusts, He shall run upon them.

  • When God moves, nations flee!  The picture is one of pure panic at the coming of the Lord.  Of course, this is symbolically what happened with the Assyrians.  Although we don’t know the exact events that took place the night the angel of God came among the Assyrian army, we do know that after the overnight slaughter, Sennacherib turned away from Jerusalem and went home. (Isa 37:37)  If it was that way with the rising up of one angel, imagine the way it will be when God Himself rises up as King Jesus comes back in power & glory!  This is what will happen at Armageddon when Jesus comes back to earth & the people will panic.  Matthew 24:29–30, "(29) “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." []  Like insects scattering at the approach of the light or an intruder, so will the nations panic at the coming of our glorious Savior!
  • This is what happens when God moves against any of His enemies!  Demons flee at the command of Jesus.  Satan has to depart when Jesus commands that he depart.  Never forget the power of your Savior!

5 The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. 6 Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the LORD is His treasure.

  • God is exalted in honor & presence.  He dwells on high, spiritually speaking in that His throne is high in the heavens – but more than that, God’s honor is exalted above all else.  He is high above all His creation because He is the sovereign Creator.  There is none as high and exalted as our God…
  • Notice that Isaiah can speak in advance of God’s actual victory, using the past tense: “He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.”  Was that actually the case at the moment?  No…the people were terrified of the coming Assyrians, which is the reason they had been sending ambassadors to Egypt, and only now finally reconciling themselves to trusting God.  Yet even in their uncertainty, Isaiah could look forward in faith to what God WILL do, and write of it as assuredly as if God had already done it.
    • What God promises is as good as done.
  • Isaiah does also look forward to the future. “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times…”  Isaiah rested on God’s promise of present deliverance from Assyria, but in addition to that, there was also the promise of a future kingdom.  God’s work in the life of the nation of Israel was not limited to one certain event – there was more yet to come.
    • How important it is for us to remember this as well!  Sometimes it can be easy to fall into the line of thinking that Jesus’ work for us was limited to an event 2000 years ago at the cross and resurrection.  To be sure – the work He did there is foundational to everything we have in Christ, and without it, we have absolutely nothing.  BUT…Jesus didn’t merely think about us during one time during a 3-day period 2000 years ago and forget about us afterwards.  Jesus’ work continues to this day.  The work of justification is absolutely complete (“tetelestai!”), but His work of sanctification continues – His work of intercession continues – His sovereignty continues – His future promises remain – there is an inheritance we will yet share with Him – there is a marriage in which we will participate – there is a new heavens and a new earth that we will see…and that is only a partial list!  The work of Jesus continues in His people, both now and in the future.  It’s not relegated only to the past, nor do we think of our salvation only in past-tense terms.  It’s every day, all day, future day!
  • What will exemplify the Messianic Kingdom?  Isaiah will have more to say about it later, but for now, it is a place:
    • Of Godly discernment. “Wisdom and knowledge.”  People will know the things of God, and how best to apply them.  Paul writes that one day we will know even as we are known. (1 Cor 13:12)  The questions that so often plague us today will no longer plague us in the Kingdom.  We will see our Jesus, and the answers will be found in Him.
    • Of assured deliverance: “the strength of salvation.”  The salvation of the Lord Jesus is the very cornerstone of the Messianic Kingdom!  Every promise we have for the future is found in our eternal salvation in Christ.  More presently for the people of Isaiah’s day, they will live in perfect peace and safety knowing that they dwell under the protection of Messiah.
    • Of worship: “the fear of the LORD is His treasure.”  Silver & gold will be viewed differently in that day.  The most valuable thing is the Lord Himself.  To live in a state of perfect peace with the Lord God, worshipping Him as we are designed to worship is an amazing thing.
  • God’s judgment (vss. 7-16)

7 Surely their valiant ones shall cry outside, The ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly. 8 The highways lie waste, The traveling man ceases. He has broken the covenant, He has despised the cities, He regards no man.

  • All of those who tried political alliances find that they have come to naught.  The strength and political power of those apart from the Lord mean nothing when God decides to act.  What can man do in comparison with God?
  • Who is the “he”?  Seems to be a reference to the “traveling man/valiant one/ambassador.”  Those who used their position of authority to trick, manipulate, or oppress the nation finds themselves thwarted.  When God moves (as in vss. 2-6) among His people, then all of the wicked who had infiltrated the people are revealed for who they are.
  • The interesting thing here is that although the people shown here are obviously opposed to the work and exaltation of God, they still seem to be among the people of God.  After all, although covenants could be made between any people, generally speaking, when the covenant is mentioned in Isaiah, it would seem to refer to the covenant between God and Israel.  When the “valiant ones” are crying outside, where is the “outside”?  Presumably outside the only city mentioned so far: Zion. (vs. 5)  So we’ve got this thought of God being exalted among His own people as He moves in His grace and strong salvation, and yet officials within Jerusalem are mourning this very act.  Why?  Although they were IN Israel, they were not OF Israel.  They lived among the people of God, but their hearts were not AS a people of God.
    • Jesus tells of a similar thing that happens among the Church when He gives the parable of the wheat & the tares.  [parable – Mt 13]  The two crops looked similar until they began to reach maturity & at that point, it was too dangerous to uproot them.  The farmer needed to wait until the right time, and then he would distinguish between them – and there’s no doubt that the farmer DID know which was which.  Likewise, Jesus knows those who are His & those are not.  He knows precisely are the people who have a veneer of religion, but are actually false converts – and He will divide between them.
    • We don’t want to be one of those who are around the people of God, but never part of the people of God!  There are so many people who go to church week-in & week-out who know all the right words to say, when to raise their hands in worship, how best to look like everyone else – but deep down they know they have never surrendered their heart to Jesus Christ as Lord.  And like the “valiant one” Isaiah speaks of, when the Lord comes in judgment, they will find themselves crying outside the gate.  How tragic & how unnecessary!  ALL are invited to be saved – ALL are invited to know Jesus as Lord.  And anyone CAN know the Lord if they merely humble themselves in repentance and faith…

9 The earth mourns and languishes, Lebanon is shamed and shriveled; Sharon is like a wilderness, And Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

  • It’s not just the wicked in Jerusalem that mourn as God is exalted in Zion – all the surrounding areas are affected as well.

10 “Now I will rise,” says the LORD; “Now I will be exalted, Now I will lift Myself up.

  • Note the “now’s” – three times in this one verse.  This is the time God had ordained – this is the time He was ready to move.  When exactly was it?  Now. J  No doubt Isaiah and his readers would have interpreted this as a direct response of God towards Assyria.  This was the threat they faced, and God says definitively (three times’ worth) that He will act.  And act, God did.  God exalted Himself in immense ways when He sent the angel to kill 185,000 Assyrian soldiers overnight who had been encamped outside the walls of Jerusalem.
  • At the same time, God Himself never gives an exact timeframe as to when the “now” is.  He does show that it describes a time of His moving & judgment, but the overall context is a greater move of God all over the earth (vs. 9).  It would seem that perhaps although God does promise His quick judgment upon the Assyrians (and those who would help them), He’s looking forward to a time of greater judgment and greater exaltation. (The Millennial Kingdom.)
  • Notice also God’s own work in this.  Three times the word “now” is given, but also three times God says “I will.”  In the past, Jerusalem had not given God the glory and exaltation He deserved, but in His action in the present judgment, God would exalt Himself.  God would glorify Himself by His own actions.
    • God will be exalted, no matter what!  Jesus said that if the people didn’t give Him praise, even the rocks would cry out. (Lk 19:40)  Our Creator God will be glorified – it simply cannot be any other way.  When the creation views its Creator, there can be no other response except exaltation and glory.

11 You shall conceive chaff, You shall bring forth stubble; Your breath, as fire, shall devour you. 12 And the people shall be like the burnings of lime; Like thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire.

  • There were three “I’s” from the Lord, and now three “you’s” for the people.  God would rise up in glorious judgment, bringing forth the things that exalt Him, but those who are being judged are consumed in the fire of destruction.  So much so that the only things they’re able to produce is tinder & flame – burning themselves out, as so much lime dust and dry thorns.  This is a picture of total judgment.
  • People will be judged by the Lord in eternity, but it’s not the Lord’s fault they will be judged.  It’s their own doings & their own sin that brings the judgment of God upon them.  All of us are responsible for the things we have done.  It’s as if we bring forth our own stubble & light the match of our own sin, and are consumed.  This is especially true for those who have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and have knowingly & actively rejected Him as Savior and Lord.  It’s not that God hasn’t reached out to them to be saved – He has!  But they brush Him aside and stride to hell in their own willful lawlessness, match in hand, ready to have their stubble burst into flame.
  • God would spare us from this!  God would warn us away from this, just as He warned those in Jerusalem.  See vs. 13…

13 Hear, you who are afar off, what I have done; And you who are near, acknowledge My might.”

  • God wanted His people (and all the world) to know what He had “done.”  He wanted them to understand His power, and His “might.”  Whether it was wiping out the Assyrian army, or looking forward to the future all-consuming judgment of God, the people needed to know what God was capable of. 
  • Why?  So that they would repent & be saved!  God WANTS people to be saved!  He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked – God is not some sort of sadistic tyrant looking for people to torture.  Every single person that spends eternity is hell is a person that God foreknew from the beginning of God, and whom God created for a specific purpose.  It is a person for whom God sent Jesus to die upon the cross (because God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, Jn 3:16).  He isn’t going to force anyone into heaven, but He certainly doesn’t want anyone to perish and go to hell.  People need to know and understand what awaits them in order that they might turn from their wicked ways & live!

14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”

  • Apparently some in danger of judgment did see what the Lord was doing, and it gripped them with terror.  Once the fire of judgment had come, they didn’t know who would be able to stand.
  • The same thing will happen to those who are present during the Great Tribulation.  They will understand that the day of the wrath of God had come, and they will recognize that no one will be able to defend themselves.  As they hide themselves – Revelation 6:16–17, "(16) and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! (17) For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”" []
  • They will be rightly afraid of the judgment of God, but the sad thing is their response to it.  They understand their sinfulness – they understand the consuming fire of God – but there is no indication that they repent, and that’s exactly what the understanding of God’s holiness is supposed to do. …
  • There ARE some who can endure the day that the Lord rises up in judgment.  Who?  The righteous of God.  See vs. 15…

15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: 16 He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure.

  • The sinners and hypocrites will be afraid of judgment, but the righteous of God will experience the safety and deliverance of God.  Isaiah lists off several descriptions of them:
    • Acts and speaks rightly
    • Not greedy
    • Has integrity, unable to be bribed
    • Does not delight in wickedness
    • This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a good description of the man or woman of God.  The person who has faith in Jesus has been changed from a hypocrite into a person who truly does live according to the character of God because our own character has been transformed from the inside-out.
  • What are the blessings given to this righteous person?  They will dwell with God, and be provided for by God.  Presumably, this provision comes in the midst of the hardship that the rest of Zion would be facing.  (Perhaps a reference to the sealed of Israel during the days of Jacob’s trouble?)
  • Peace of the Millennial Kingdom (vss. 17-24)

17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will see the land that is very far off.

  • At this point, there’s little doubt that Isaiah is looking into the future at the Millennial Kingdom of the promised Messiah.  After all, although Hezekiah would remain on the throne of Jerusalem after the defeat of the Assyrians, it’s doubtful that Hezekiah (or any normal king of Judah) would be referred to in this way.  The overall context shows the Lord God rising up in judgment, and both Jews and Gentiles alike recognizing the hand and work of God.  Now a picture of a beautiful glorious King is presented – the only possible candidate is the Messiah.
  • Notice they will “see the King.”  There is a visible manifestation of the King before their eyes, dwelling among the people.  Isaiah will show later that the King is none other than the Lord God (vs. 22), which tells us something important: this King is God Incarnate.  No one has seen God at any time (Jn 1:18), and Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Col 1:15).  If the people of future Zion are gazing upon their King, they must be gazing upon Jesus.
  • Not only will they see the Messiah, they will see other lands.  And that causes them to think on other things.  See vs. 18…

18 Your heart will meditate on terror: “Where is the scribe? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?” 19 You will not see a fierce people, A people of obscure speech, beyond perception, Of a stammering tongue that you cannot understand.

  • As they look upon the horizon, they will think of the foreign enemies that used to come and oppress them.  Where are they now?  They will look for foreign enemies, but they won’t see any.  They won’t see foreign scribes, passing on the commands of despotic rulers.  They won’t see those who weigh out taxes and tribute monies to take back to the emperor.  They won’t find foreign armies and armaments outside their gates, nor multitudes of people speaking in a foreign language ready to conquer them.  All those people will be gone.
  • What will they see?  Safety…

20 Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet home, A tabernacle that will not be taken down; Not one of its stakes will ever be removed, Nor will any of its cords be broken.

  • They will see Zion in peace & stability!  It will be renewed as a place of worship… A place of quiet…  A place that will not be conquered or removed…
  • No doubt this was a wonderful reminder to the people of Jerusalem.  Yes, the Assyrians were outside their door…and yes, there would be other armies who would come through the centuries to conquer them.  But it wouldn’t always be that way.  Eventually, there would come a time of peace.  Even today, Jerusalem is far from a city that could be described as peaceful, even as the “peace process” supposedly gets started up again.  Even if treaties and accords are signed, the Jews will never truly be at peace, because there will always be people opposed to them, desiring to push the nation into the sea.  Jerusalem will never experience true peace until they recognize Jesus as their Messiah King and they are dwelling with Him in the Millennial Kingdom.
  • We also need to remember the future promise.  This world is not our home!  Too often, we look for our peace and our comfort here, when it’s clear that we can never really expect it.  We live in this world today, and we are responsible for what we do in this world today, but our ultimate home is not here, but with the Lord Jesus.  We cannot look to this world to provide for us that which can only come from Jesus.

21 But there the majestic LORD will be for us A place of broad rivers and streams, In which no galley with oars will sail, Nor majestic ships pass by

  • Isaiah further describes the safety of the Millennial Kingdom.  Jerusalem is not a city that has major rivers and streams today (though that might change with all of the geological upheaval that takes place during the Tribulation).  But these waters are waters of safety; not turmoil.  Notice these are rivers; not oceans.  Warships will not be able to sail to Jerusalem to cause trouble.
  • Why is it they can experience these things?  Because God Himself dwells among them…

22 (For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us);

  • God Himself reigns over His people!  What was supposed to have been the case during the days of Moses, and only hinted at during that time comes to true fruition during the Millennial Kingdom as God personally sits over His people as King.
  • Although there’s a lot of overlap in the various titles, together they form a wonderful whole of government.  Jamison, Fausset, Brown note this is the “perfect ideal of the theocracy, to be realized under Messiah alone; the judicial, legislative, and administrative functions as king to be exercised by Him in person.”
  • And what will this perfect Messiah God-King do? “He will save us.”  This is no despot-king – this is no dictator or tyrant demanding submission or death – this is Jesus, and Jesus loves His people & saves His people.

23 Your tackle is loosed, They could not strengthen their mast, They could not spread the sail. Then the prey of great plunder is divided; The lame take the prey. 24 And the inhabitant will not say, “I am sick”; The people who dwell in it will be forgiven their iniquity.

  • The salvation of Jesus will be all-encompassing in that day.  Would-be enemies of Jerusalem will find themselves to be completely ineffective, unable to sail into battle against God’s people.  And if they did come, they would find themselves overwhelmed by even the weakest of Zion’s citizens.  The lame in Zion would be more powerful than the enemy.
  • Best of all?  The people will experience salvation on a whole different level, other than just the deliverance of human enemies.  They will experience physical healing and forgiveness, as well.
  • Jesus conquers every enemy!  Be it sickness, sin, death, or Satan!

The people of Jerusalem had so much to which they could look forward!  Yes, they had the Assyrians who threatened them – and God would deliver.  Yes, they had other enemies that would come in & conquer, and God would allow this & other consequences at the nation had sin that needed to be addressed.  But there was something glorious that awaited them in the future.  They would see their Messiah!  They would be ruled over by their long-awaited King – they would experience the perfect Kingdom of God Himself!  God would be exalted in their midst, and they would dwell with Him forever.  THAT’s a promise that could get them through quite a few tough times.  That’s something that they could hold onto.

What about us?  Do we hold onto to the promises we have in Christ?  Do we realize what it is that we look forward to in Jesus?  Do we even realize the blessings we have right now in Christ, today? 

  • Beware of the tendency to only make the work of Jesus past tense.  He has done some glorious things in the past, but He also is doing some glorious things today!
  • Beware of looking to satisfy yourself in this world, as if this world is your forever home.  If this is the best that we can expect in all of eternity, we truly are without hope.  We look forward to something so much incredibly better!
  • Beware of walking according to your own understanding, rather than by faith in Christ.  This was the start of the problem for the Jews, and it’s the start of the problem for most of us as well.  We get to the point of thinking we know what’s best for ourselves, we lift ourselves up in our pride, and we push God to the back of our minds (or out of our minds altogether).  Instead, may we be those who truly wait upon the Lord, knowing well His person and His power.

Be challenged to look at your own walk, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas in your life in which you’re not walking by faith…  Ask Him to renew your anticipation for the home that yet awaits you, and to help you be amazed again at the glorious exalted King Jesus…

  1. timburns says:

    I know I’ve been lax in posting the message notes from Wednesday night, and I’ll do my best to start posting them again on a regular basis. As much as this site is (hopefully) a resource for the New Testament, my prayer is that it can be a resource for the Old Testament as well. If you need the notes from a particular section of the Old Testament that I’ve taught prior to this, please leave a comment and I’ll try to get it posted as soon as possible.

    Thanks for stopping by & reading!

  2. Good morning! Do you post the audio sermons of Weds nights online? I looked for them on the CCT website so I could catch up. We will be there this evening. Thanks for the wonderful resources that you share with us!

  3. timburns says:

    Hi Dannette!

    Yes, we do. They can be found on the main website here: http://calvarytyler.com/#/media/wednesdays

    See you soon!

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