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The Great Invitation

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The Great Invitation

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I. Introduction

Isaiah 1:1 NKJV
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
Isaiah

A. Setting

As this verse notes, Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of 4 kings
This covered a time of about 40 years, 740 B.C to 700 B.C.

B. Meet Isaiah

1. Family

Isaiah was the son Amoz - The only thing we know about Amoz is that he was the father of Isaiah!

a. Isaiah was the son Amoz - The only thing we know about Amoz is that he was the father of Isaiah!

b. He was married to a prophetess and had two sons

The only thing we know about Amoz is that he was the father of Isaiah
He was married to a prophetess and had two sons
Isaiah 8:3 NKJV
Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Call his name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz;
Isaiah 8:3–4 NKJV
Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Call his name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz; for before the child shall have knowledge to cry ‘My father’ and ‘My mother,’ the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be taken away before the king of Assyria.”
Isaiah 7:3 NKJV
Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-Jashub your son, at the end of the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller’s Field,
Isaiah 8:3–4 NKJV
Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Call his name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz; for before the child shall have knowledge to cry ‘My father’ and ‘My mother,’ the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be taken away before the king of Assyria.”
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Isaiah 8:3 NKJV
Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Call his name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz;
1). A PROMISE OF MERCY Shear-Jashub = A remnant will return
a. A PROMISE OF MERCY Shear-Jashub = A remnant will return
2). A WARNING OF JUDGMENT Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz = swift is the booty, speedy is the prey
Shear-Jashub
3). The Book of Isaiah is filled with those two themes, as we will see in Isaiah chapter 1

2. Significance

Isaiah is called by many “the evangelist of the OT”
Others call him “the prince of OT prophets”

3. Role in Israel

a. Isaiah struck at the root of the nation’s trouble: Idolatry, apostasy, political corruption, social corruption
b. warned the surrounding nations of coming judgment isa. 6:9-12
c. declared that God would preserve a faithful remnant of followers true to Him
Isaiah 6:9–12 NKJV
And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ “Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed.” Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered: “Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, The houses are without a man, The land is utterly desolate, The Lord has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
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d. This hope was realized in the Messiah:
—First coming, , ;
---Second coming
---Second coming, national salvation for Israel- ; ; AND MANY MORE

II. BODY - God’s Case Against Judah

II. BODY - God’s Case Against Judah

A. Judah’s wickedness, 1:2-8

A. Judah’s wickedness, 1:2-8

B.

1. God’s witnesses 1:2a

2. God’s innocence. 1:2b – 3

3. Judah’s sinful condition, 1:4-6

4. Judah’s desolation 1:7-8

B. God’s mercy, 1:9

C. How to remove the guilt 1:10-20

1. Hear the Word of the Lord, 1:10

2. Stop relying on outward religion, without spiritual renewal, 1:11-15

3. Do works of repentance, 1:16-17

Acts 26:19-20
Acts 26:19–20 NKJV
“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.
Acts 26:19–20 NKJV
“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.

4. Accept the Great Invitation, 1:18-20

4. Accept the Great Invitation, 1:18-20

Acts 26:19–20 NKJV
“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.
4. Accept the Great Invitation, 1:18-20

D. Jerusalem’s corruption, 1:21-23

E. The promise of restoration, 1:24-31

c. Isaiah 1:

III. Conclusion

The Great Invitation, 1:18-20
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