1 . God calls us to love hurting people. Dios nos llama a amar a las personas que sufren.
learn to do good;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.
aprended a hacer el bien,
buscad la justicia,
reprended al opresor,
defended al huérfano,
abogad por la viuda.
2 . Worship praise is lip service when hearts are far from God. Dijo entonces el Señor me honra con sus labios, pero aleja de mí su corazón.
A recurring theme in Isaiah is true worship where our lives match what we say with our lips. If we believe in loving the poor, sing about God caring for all people, do we go out and truly care for all people, the poor, the oppressed?
Por cuanto este pueblo se me acerca con sus palabras
y me honra con sus labios,
pero aleja de mí su corazón,
And the Lord said:
“Because this people draw near with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
while their hearts are far from me,
3 . If you do not lean on the Lord, the Lord “cannot” support you. Si no te apoyas en el Señor, el Señor “no puede” apoyarte.
In this sermon, Greg Taylor uses an analogy of a cane for leaning on, because this idea is in the text of Isaiah 7. A cane does not support you unless you lean on it. The image of Isaiah is, if you’re going to lean on other alliances like a Syria, if you’re going to depend on your own strength and armies, if you’re going to look for security elsewhere, then I the Lord can’t support you. Bad things will happen. Gary W. Light supplied this idea of the cane and translation of Isaiah 7:9. He says if you do not stand by faith, you will not stand at all could be understood this way. Using the can analogy, it’s as if God is saying, if you do not lean on me, I cannot support you.
y la cabeza de Efraín es Samaria, y la cabeza de Samaria es el hijo de Remalías. Si no creéis, de cierto no permaneceréis.’”
And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
If you are not firm in faith,
you will not be firm at all.’”
4 . The Journey says not only God bless America but more importantly, “God bless the world.” The Journey dice que no solo Dios bendiga a Estados Unidos, sino más importante, “Dios bendiga al mundo”.
One thing Greg talks about in his sermon is how by faith we move from exceptionalism and nationalism to trusting God. One expression of this for The Journey is to say, “God bless the world.” One thing this phrase means for The Journey, is that we’re doing more in missions today than we’ve ever done in the 50 year history of our church. The Journey supports about 20 missionaries currently and more than a dozen different nations. God bless the world!
5 . The story of Isaiah and Hezekiah is about trust. La historia de Isaías y Ezequías trata sobre la confianza.
This story of Hezekiah (Isaiah 36-38; 2 Chronicles 29-32; 2 Kings 18-20) is one of Greg’s favorites and all of Isaiah and also in the Bible because of the great trust that Hezekiah shows. Greg says in the sermon, it seems that in Isaiah the message that comes over and over is the God wants kings and prophets in ordinary citizens like you and me to trust in the Lord and reach out to the Lord. Trust is also the great theme of the restoration of Israel and Judah in the famous Isaiah 40. “Those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength!”
Esta historia es una de mis favoritas y toda de Isaías y también en la Biblia debido a la gran confianza que tiene porque me parece que en Isaías el mensaje que viene una y otra vez es que Dios quiere reyes y profetas en ciudadanos comunes. como tú y yo para confiar en el Señor y llegar al Señor. La confianza es también el gran tema de la restauración de Israel y Judá en el famoso Isaías 40. “¡Los que confían en el Señor renovarán sus fuerzas!”
6 . The prophet’s message will not return empty, but will have the impact God intends. El mensaje del profeta no volverá vacío, pero tendrá el impacto que Dios quiere.
Isaiah 40 and 55 are powerful pointers to the restoration of God for Israel for those who trust in the Lord. The word of the Lord will go out and not come back empty.
7 . Israel will be restored by the Suffering Servant. Israel será restaurado por el Siervo Sufriente.
The identity of the suffering servant in Isaiah 42, 49, 50, 52-53 has been up for debate for centuries. Some think the suffering servant is Israel, and this is named in these texts. Others think the servant refers to a king, as in Hezekiah. Some think the servant is a future king, a messiah. New Testament writers mostly say the servant is Jesus Christ! Jesus certainly takes up the role of the suffering servant, as Greg says in the sermon. But followers of Jesus are also called to take up the role as suffering servants. Listen to this insightful sermon about how we take up the path that Jesus followed to the cross as suffering servants.
Greg Taylor, M.Div.
Greg Taylor is the preacher for The Journey. He holds degrees in Print Journalism from Harding University and a Master of Divinity from Harding School of Theology. Greg is working on his Doctor of Ministry at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where The Journey is located. Greg is married to Jill, who is a math teacher at Broken Arrow High School. They have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob, and of course they are very proud of each of what God has done in each one of their lives. Greg is author of several books you can order from your favorite bookseller.