Isaiah 43:16-28; 64:1-5 and Mark 2:1-12

Sermon Notes

Sin Sick

Isaiah 43:16-28; 64:1-5

          Thus says the LORD,

                   who makes a way in the sea,

                   a path in the mighty waters,

          who brings forth chariot and horse,

                   army and warrior;

          they lie down, they cannot rise,

                   they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:

          “Remember not the former things,

                   nor consider the things of old.

          Behold, I am doing a new thing;

                   now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

          I will make a way in the wilderness

                   and rivers in the desert.

          The wild beasts will honor me,

                   the jackals and the ostriches,

          for I give water in the wilderness,

                   rivers in the desert,

          to give drink to my chosen people,

                   the people whom I formed for myself

          that they might declare my praise.  


          “Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob;

                   but you have been weary of me, O Israel!

          You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings,

                   or honored me with your sacrifices.

          I have not burdened you with offerings,

                   or wearied you with frankincense.

          You have not bought me sweet cane with money,

                   or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.

          But you have burdened me with your sins;

                   you have wearied me with your iniquities.        


          “I, I am he

                   who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,

                   and I will not remember your sins.

          Put me in remembrance; let us argue together;

                   set forth your case, that you may be proved right.

          Your first father sinned,

                   and your mediators transgressed against me.

          Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary,

                   and deliver Jacob to utter destruction

                   and Israel to reviling.

          Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,

                   that the mountains might quake at your presence—

          as when fire kindles brushwood

                   and the fire causes water to boil—

          to make your name known to your adversaries,

                   and that the nations might tremble at your presence!

          When you did awesome things that we did not look for,

                   you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

          From of old no one has heard

                   or perceived by the ear,

          no eye has seen a God besides you,

                   who acts for those who wait for him.

          You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,

                   those who remember you in your ways.

          Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;

                   in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? 



Mark 2: 1-12

And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” 


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