Isaiah 29:13-24 Revelation 3:1-6

Sermon Notes

An Empty Church

Isaiah 29:13-24

13 The Lord said:
     Because these people draw near with their mouths
         and honor me with their lips,
         while their hearts are far from me,
     and their worship of me is a human commandment learned by rote;
14 so I will again do
         amazing things with this people,
         shocking and amazing.
     The wisdom of their wise shall perish,
         and the discernment of the discerning shall be hidden.

15 Ha! You who hide a plan too deep for the Lord,
         whose deeds are in the dark,
         and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?”
16 You turn things upside down!
     Shall the potter be regarded as the clay?
     Shall the thing made say of its maker,
         “He did not make me”;
     or the thing formed say of the one who formed it,
         “He has no understanding”?

17 Shall not Lebanon in a very little while
         become a fruitful field,
         and the fruitful field be regarded as a forest?
18 On that day the deaf shall hear
         the words of a scroll,
     and out of their gloom and darkness
         the eyes of the blind shall see.
19 The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord,
         and the neediest people shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the tyrant shall be no more,
         and the scoffer shall cease to be;
         all those alert to do evil shall be cut off—
21 those who cause a person to lose a lawsuit,
         who set a trap for the arbiter in the gate,
    and without grounds deny justice to the one in the right.

22 Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:

     No longer shall Jacob be ashamed,
         no longer shall his face grow pale.
23 For when he sees his children,
         the work of my hands, in his midst,
    they will sanctify my name;
          they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob,
    and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 And those who err in spirit will come to understanding,
         and those who grumble will accept instruction.


Revelation 3:1-6

3 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars:

“I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. 3 Remember then what you received and heard; obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. 4 Yet you have still a few persons in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes; they will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 If you conquer, you will be clothed like them in white robes, and I will not blot your name out of the book of life; I will confess your name before my Father and before his angels. 6 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.


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